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Silver City Cup gets sprint injection

Friday, 5th July, 2013

The Silver City Cup will undergo a minor makeover ahead of its 2013 meeting in October.

“Last year’s 2500-strong crowd proved we are certainly heading in the right direction, but we won’t be resting on our laurels,” Silver City Cup President Dave Gallagher said.

“The committee has investigated options with the date of our meeting but has elected to race on Saturday October 26 to remain aligned with the prestigious WS Cox Plate in Melbourne,” he said.

“But what will change this year is our race programming with a new 900-metre dash-for-cash adding some high octane action for race fans.”

The Silver City Cup Committee scrapped the 2200-metre distance event in favour of a 900-metre maiden race in the belief the shorter distance would help attract more starters.

“Last year we received only four acceptors for the BIC-Peter Anthony Memorial 2200-metre event and only three horses made it to the starting gates,” Mr Gallagher said.

“Earlier this year St Pat’s also had trouble attracting staying horses to its meeting - despite a massive boost in prize money - so the writing has been on the wall for some time.

“After consulting with local trainers we have decided to add the 900-metre short-course sprint in favour of the distance race and we expect that will have a positive effect on race day nominations.”

Last year the Silver City Cup meeting attracted 40 runners for its six-race program and organisers are keen to expand on that number in 2013.

Silver City Cup Secretary-Manager Kylie Casey said negotiations with sponsors had been positive so far.

“We expect to again be offering almost $50,000 in prize money this year,” she said.

The Silver City Cup Committee is inviting input from people wanting to share the spirit of Broken Hill’s family race day.

Anyone interested in contributing ideas for the race day is encouraged to do so online at www.facebook.com/silvercitycup or phone 0417 527 145.

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