Giddy-up for Gold Cup

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

The Vic­to­ria Spring rac­ing sea­son has started and that means the 62nd Ber­ri­gan Gold Cup is fast ap­proach­ing.

Held an­nu­ally on Vic­to­ria Derby Day at the Ber­ri­gan District Rac­ing Club, this event is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for Ber­ri­gan lo­cals and sur­round­ing district to get a taste for the Spring rac­ing sea­son.

The $15,000 Gold Cup is a great chance for lo­cal train­ers to show off their hard work, and for smaller coun­try train­ers to use it as a the lead up for big­ger races.

The card will have a to­tal of six events with a spread of sprint­ing to mid­dle dis­tance races.

As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Ja­nine Mur­phy said Ber­ri­gan Cup Day is a prime ex­am­ple of qual­ity coun­try rac­ing.

‘‘The club has been mov­ing pro­gres­sively for­ward look­ing to­wards a bright fu­ture of coun­try rac­ing at its best.

‘‘The track is be­ing metic­u­lously pre­pared for the big day with horses trav­el­ling from NSW and Vic­to­ria.

‘‘The grounds are look­ing fabulous and ready to wel­come the crowd of ea­ger pun­ters and par­ty­go­ers.’’

The Gold Cup was first run in 1955 and the in­au­gu­ral win­ner was Belle Cavale who went on to win it again 1956.

Last year’s win­ner was Zar­reig, rid­den by Bradley Vale, for Lee­ton trainer Pe­ter Clancy.

The Ber­ri­gan Cup not only is an ac­tion packed af­ter­noon of thor­ough­bred rac­ing but a re­ally good chance to wear your best out­fits and pa­rade them at Fash­ions on the Field.

The Ber­ri­gan Cup is on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4, en­try is $20, aged pen­sions $10, chil­dren un­der 16 en­ter free.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.berri­g­an­race­ and find the club on Face­book. WELSH MOUN­TAIN PONIES

RIGHT: Emily Pearn, hold­ing daugh­ter So­phie and Joanne Raper with one of Rip­ple Brook Stud mares Fair­way Misty.

Jockey Bradley Vale and Zar­reig trainer Pe­ter Clancy af­ter last year’s cup win.

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