Archer Racecourse hosts 39th Mollymook Cup

FLYING HOME: Paul Murray's Chief in Command, originally trained by Bede Murray, winning the 2016 Mollymook Cup. Photo: BRADLEYPHOTOS

FLYING HOME: Paul Murray's Chief in Command, originally trained by Bede Murray, winning the 2016 Mollymook Cup. Photo: BRADLEYPHOTOS

THIS Sunday, the Shoalhaven City Turf Club will hold its 39th annual Mollymook Cup race day, which will coincide with the second running of the Bede Murray memorial race.

The first Mollymook Cup was run in 1979 and was won by Bede Murray – who has been the most successful trainer of Mollymook Cup, winning on eight occasions.

“Bede was a member of the Mollymook Turf Club and won the first Mollymook Cup, so it is always a very important day,” Shoalhaven City Turf Club CEO Lynn Locke said.

Bede won the first Mollymook Cup, so it is always a very important day

Lynn Locke

The last winner trained by Murray, Chief in Command, was in 2016 but unfortunately he passed away prior to the running of last year's Mollymook Cup with son Paul taking up the mantle and winning the 2017 Mollymook Cup with the same horse.

Paul also took out second and third places last year making him the first trainer to have a winning trifecta in the Mollymook Cup.

Chief in Command will actually be chasing his third straight Mollymook Cup in Sunday’s event, scheduled to jump at 4.39pm.

The first Bede Murray memorial race, introduced to acknowledge Bede's association with the Shoalhaven City Turf Club as well as his contribution to the racing industry, was won by won last year by trainer Matthew Smith.

The fashions on the field will once again be a fantastic competition – with three categories available –   fashionable filly, elegrant lady and best dressed gent.  

The Shoalhaven City Turf Club will be seeking the best dressed local who will go on to represent the club in the South East Racing Association's final in Goulburn in February.

Entrants must live in the Shoalhaven and each club in the SERA region will have a representative in the final. Total prize pool is more than of $5000.

Gates open at 11am, with race one of seven at 1.29pm.