Nominations close at 11 am Friday for the record breaking Inverell Cup meeting on New Year’s Day.
The program features 9 races after the inclusion of the new Bush Battlers Cup - a race aimed at providing the horses that have supported the northern one day clubs with an opportunity to compete for big prizemoney against restricted company.
Only horses that have competed at Glen Innes, Deepwater, Bundarra, Barraba, Bingara, Narrabri, Mungindi, Warialda or Tabulam are eligible for the $20,000 BM 60 over 1400 metres.
The $35,000 Inverell Cup and $22,000 Shorts Handicap remain the features on the day but the Battlers Cup has generated some real interest in the northern areas.
Moree’s Nathan Sinclair, who has been known to have overcome many battles of his own, looks to have a leading hand in the race. He has transformed Going Grey from a moderate picnicker into an exciting galloper with a win at Bundarra qualifying for the Battlers Cup followed by flashing wins at Inverell’s non-TAB and Moree’s SKY 2 meeting . The benchmark and distance look ideal for the grey but he will have opposition from his two stablemates Cool Stinger, a winner at Mungindi who finished on his heels at Moree and Gilded Spirit who qualifies having started at Bundarra.
Another grey, Medal Afrique now has a benchmark of 63 after also winning at Moree and has previously won over 1400m. It has won twice since joining the inform Luke Morgan stable but is eligible to run having started at Glen Innes for a previous trainer.
Gavin Groth produced Narrabri Cup winner About Time first up at Gunnedah and took home the Christmas Ham. The eight-time winner looks to be ideally suited by the conditions of the Inverell race.
Victory Lass will be one Inverell horse trying to win the battle and has been a regular at the one day club meetings as well as winning 2 picnic trophies during the year and earning a start in the rich picnic championship at Dubbo.
Whilst there are some inform horses expected at the top of the weights the restricted conditions of the race are likely to result in lower benchmark horses getting a run with a real spread of talent expected to contest what the club hopes will become a fixture on the program.