An elated Gerry McMullan celebrates winning the naming rights to the 2018 Grafton Cup. Image: Lynne

An Irish man with a green horse wins naming rights

Lynne Mowbray |

The 2018 Kensei Club dinner was held at the Clarence River Jockey Club in Grafton on Saturday night. The evening included the running of the 12th Kensei Club Cup, a fun filled event that decides the naming rights for the prestigious Grafton Cup.

After an illumination process of Kensei Club members, the top four contenders Blanchard’s, G McMullan Contracting, Maclean Hotel and Bloomer Transport, battled it out for the naming rights to the 2018 Grafton Cup. But it was the luck of the Irish on the night and Gerry McMullan took his horse over the line to win, in a nail biting finish.

Gerry said that he’s been a member of the Kensei Club for five years now.

It’s nice to support something local,” said Gerry.
“I’d also like to thank all the other [Kensei Club] sponsors.
“I’ve been involved in the racing industry since the mid 1980’s when I became a part owner in a horse.
“It’s my hobby and it’s always been my passion; I’m currently a part owner in six horses,” he said.
Gerry said that he was excited to win the naming rights to this year’s Grafton Cup and he’s looking forward to the July Racing Carnival.

CRJC Chairman Graeme Green and Vice-Chairman Stephen Haines congratulate the three businesses [Lion – XXXX Gold, Grafton Gas and Plumbing and Mark Bloomer Transport] which were awarded Kensei Club Gold Membership, in recognition of their ongoing membership and support.


Peter Hearden, Kathy and Gerry McMullan.
Images: Lynne Mowbray