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Bathurst's Digging For Gold This Sunday

The next race meeting at Bathurst Thoroughbred is this Sunday (3 June) with the running of the 2YO Gold Nugget over 1100m and also the Rising Prince Class 2 Handicap over 1300m.

"The 2YO race has been reinstated to the early winter to better align with 2YO horse numbers in the country,” said BTR's General Manager, Michelle Tarpenning.

There'll be plenty of racing action at Bathurst this Sunday. Image by Janian McMillan (Racing Photography)

“This was always a feature 2YO event when originally run through the 1980s but it was held in May, so bringing it back to our first ever Sunday meeting in June will give it the chance to attract a strong field.”

Rising Prince was owned by the Exchange Syndicate from Lithgow and was bred and trained in Bathurst.

A chestnut gelding foaled in 1980, Rising Prince was a mighty weight-for-age galloper by locally-based stallion Round Top (Fr) from Bonlene (by Capricorno).

A homebred product of the Stein’s Rockleer Stud, Rising Prince won the Villiers Stakes and Summer Cup double in 1984 before going onto to a career-high all the way victory in Australia’s WFA championship, the WS Cox Plate (Group 1) and then a similar victory in the WFA McKinnon Stakes (Gr 1).

The horse has gone down in Lithgow sporting folklore and it’s great that the race keeps the memory alive for such a great career of Rising Prince that boasted a win in the 1985 Cox Plate.

“The year Rising Prince won the Gold Nugget he defeated Top of the Nap who in turn went on to win the Gosford Guineas and compete regularly at Stakes level; that’s our hope for the Gold Nugget today,” said Michelle.  "The Club particularly welcomes racegoers from the City of Lithgow who wish to enjoy an afternoon of racing at Tyers Park.

Gates open at 11am with catering packages available.

View the race details for Bathurst here

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