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Healthy fields for St Pats

Tuesday, 13th March, 2012

READY TO GO: Frankie Sea, pictured here with rider Spog Harvey, is one of the many horses ready to race this weekend. READY TO GO: Frankie Sea, pictured here with rider Spog Harvey, is one of the many horses ready to race this weekend.

The St Pat’s Race Club has received plenty of interest from trainers ahead of Saturday’s big meeting.

The club received 110 nominations for the eight-event program, and club officials and racing stewards are delighted with the numbers.

“We just wait and see now how they hold up,” said Chief Steward, Trevor Odgers.

“It is a very healthy sign with 110 noms. Some are dual (nominations) but they will be sorted before final acceptances on Thursday.”

Of the eight races, four have been extended by Racing NSW to allow for late nominations to further bolster the fields.

“They have decided to extend the 1400, 2200, 900 and class 2 1600 metre events until 10:30am tomorrow, this is nothing unusual it just allows the club extra time to maybe pick up a couple of extra runners,” Mr Odgers said.

The two feature events, the Clubs NSW Keno Outback Cup and XXXX Gold Outback Sprint, have attracted 16 and 17 nominations respectively.

“They look really solid, there is some quality runners in both fields and it just goes to show if you put up some good prize money you will pull some decent horse flesh,” said Mr Odgers.      

The attraction of racing at home has enticed Far West trainers to nominate a number of horses, with Frank Stacey, Mick Wayman, Barry Murray, Shane Kemp and Heidi Smith all hoping to saddle up on Saturday.

“It is a great opportunity for them,” said club secretary/manager Cheryl Krutli.

“We only have two race meetings a year in Broken Hill and I know these trainers look forward to both St Pat’s and Silver City.”

With nominations extended, weights will be declared tomorrow before final acceptances on Thursday.

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