By Julieanne Horsman
Gundagai Adelong Race Club is set for a huge day this Sunday, with 188 nominations for its Gundagai Cup Country Showcase Meeting.
Every race is worth a minimum of $30,000 and has at least eight more nominations than starting places.
“The demand is testament to the popularity of the Showcase meetings,” Gundagai Adelong Race Club President, Michael Crowe said. “It’s the shot in the arm country racing needed and it’s already making a difference to our numbers."
The feature of the day is the $45,000 Gundagai Cup which has attracted 24 nominations.
The winner of the 1800m race will receive automatic entry in the $150,000 Listed Wagga Gold Cup next month.
“The ballot exemption is a real draw card so we’ve got some really good horses set to line up in the Gundagai Cup,” Crowe said.
Zero To Ten, trained on course by Jim Scobie, will carry the local hopes into the race. He led most of the way in the Snake Gully Cup but was overrun in the shadow of the post to finish fifth.
“It would be great to have Zero To Ten win on his home track,” Crowe said. “He’s due for a win.”
This Sunday is Ladies Day so all women will enjoy free entry to the racecourse.
Local musician Shaun Ryan will keep the crowd entertained with his original songs and covers.
There will also be a fashions on the field competition exclusively for the ladies. First prize is a night in a suite at the five star Hotel Realm in Canberra. Second prize is a one of a kind handmade headpiece from Dianne Barbour Millinery.
“There’s something for everyone at Gundagai Adelong Race Club this Sunday and we are looking forward to showing off our fantastic track and facilities,” Crowe said.