Eye on the prize
Friday, 26th October, 2012
By Ben Sheffield
The fields for the Silver City Cup have been confirmed after acceptances closed yesterday morning and 40 horses are primed to take part in the six-race meeting tomorrow.
The main event, the Silver City Cup, is set down for 5:00pm as the final race of the day.
Eight horses are likely to compete for the feature race prize pool of $15,000 after Ziazan dropped out to run in the 2200 metre handicap.
Teraset was accepted in two races, with the 1400m handicap his likely event.
The Rodney Robb-trained Platinum Touch is the hot favourite for the Cup, having won his last three starts.
Michael Hackett will be riding the six-year-old who is set to jump from barrier six.
Another strong chance will be Noble Connection, one of five Mick Whittle horses racing on the day. Elly Brooks will ride the nine-year-old who has drawn barrier eight.
Racing will begin tomorrow at 1:30pm with the stayer's event, the 2200m 55 handicap which has four acceptances.
However, Honestly and Truly has accepted for two races and is still understood to be leaning towards the Maiden Plate, the second event.
The 1100m Maiden Plate will run at 2:05pm with an eight-horse field.
The New Zealand-born Perfectness, trained by Mick Whittle, was scratched from the race late yesterday morning.
Starched will be the local hope in the race, trained by Wayne Marsden in Menindee.
Race three, the 1100m 60 handicap, begins at 2:40pm.
Three of the eight-horse field are locally trained, with Broken Hill trainer Frank Stacey's Frankie Sea among the favourites. Mr Marsden also has two runners, Be Safe and El Devos.
Race four is the 45 handicap over 1200m which has attracted a filed of seven.
Silverton-trained Regal Ruben will be the likely favourite following a win last week in Mildura and a start from barrier one.
Another horse from this area, Wayne Marsden's Love a Sequalo, will also be running.
Another three local runners will take to the track in race five, the 55 handicap.
Michael Wayman's Teraset, Wayne Marsden's For Glory and Heidi Smith's Coota Queen will all be running, with Coota Queen drawing barrier two.
Race five has been scheduled for 4:15pm, after which the prestigious Cox Plate at Moonee Valley will be run at 4:45pm and the Silver City Cup to start at 5pm.
Silver City Cup President, Dave Gallagher, said that the meeting was an important part of the country NSW racing program.
"The Silver City Cup is a pivotal part of the Far West racing calendar, with the Pooncarie Cup preceding our event and the Balranald and Wentworth Cup following in the next couple of weeks.
"Once again we are very pleased to welcome visiting trainers from NSW, South Australia and Victoria to contest the six-race Silver City Cup program because without their 30-plus horses to support the local contingent of 10 starters, the event would not be possible."
Mr Gallagher said that the meeting also provided an opportunity for young riders to make a name for themselves, as has happened in past years.
"The Silver City Cup meeting will showcase some of the best young country riders, including apprentices Tara O'Donnell, Eran Boyd, Elly Brooks and Chenelle Ellis.
"Last year the Silver City Cup was won by apprentice jockey Lester Grace who had never previously ridden a winner in his career, and just 12 months later Lester is riding regularly at the Sydney metropolitan meetings and has some 70 wins to his credit, including success for the likes of the great Bart Cummings.
"The Silver City Cup is where it all started for Lester Grace and we'd like nothing more than to again be a launching pad for another young jockey's career this weekend," Mr Gallagher said.