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Cup beckons

Friday, 25th October, 2013

A field of eight will trying to emulate the feat of 2012 Silver City Cup winner Al Chicago, ridden by jockey Chenelle Ellis.PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt A field of eight will trying to emulate the feat of 2012 Silver City Cup winner Al Chicago, ridden by jockey Chenelle Ellis.PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By By Ethan James

The times and fields have been confirmed for tomorrow’s Silver City Cup races with 45 horses set to take to the track for the six-race meeting.

The main event, the $15,000 Silver City Cup, will be run at 4.20pm and feature a mix of eight local, state and international horses.

With the fields growing five per cent from last year, Silver City Cup President Dave Gallagher said the club was very satisfied with the increase in numbers.

There is local interest in the 1600m SC Cup with Broken Hill trainer Michael Wayman’s six-year-old gelding First Defence starting from barrier five.

Ridden by Wayne Kerford, he has claimed four top three placings in his last six starts.

Wayman also teams up with Kerford in two other races, with Vavavic nominated in both the Benchmark 45 Handicap (1200m) and Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400m).

However, the favourite for the Cup could be the Con Kelly-trained Artistic.

Ridden by Tillie Neve, the six-year-old has won its past two starts - at the Wentworth and District Community Bank Pooncarie Cup and Manangatang BM64 Handicap over similar distances.

There is one foreign entrant in the shape of New Zealand-born Cable Bay, who will line up from barrier eight.

Two Broken Hill trainers, Heidi Smith and Barry Murray, also have horses running.

Smith’s Little Ruby has been named to run from barrier six in the first race of the day, while she has also entered Diamond Range in race six.

Barry Murray will have his two geldings, Regal Ruben and Triumphant One, in race three and race six.

The racing starts at 1.30pm with the South Broken Hill Hotel and Outback Villas-sponsored maiden plate over 1200 metres.

The new 900m maiden plate sprint will start at 2.05pm with $7,000 prizemoney up for grabs.

“The decision to change the 2200m distance event to a 900m sprint resulted in a doubling of acceptors so that has been a successful move,” Mr Gallagher said.

A field of nine is set to close the day in the Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1400m.

“We are also very happy that Racing NSW has agreed to our request with the timing of Saturday’s races,” Mr Gallagher said.

“The last will go at 5pm which is perfect timing ahead of the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne which will be run at 5.15pm.”

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