Lo­cal horses nom­i­nated for Cup race

Southern Riverina news - - BERRIGAN GOLD CUP 2018 -

A to­tal of 70 horses have been nom­i­nated for Ber­ri­gan Cup day to fill the six races.

Ber­ri­gan and Jer­ilderie train­ers will both be prom­i­nent across the day in­clud­ing Paul McVicar (Ber­ri­gan) and Phil Sweeney (Jer­ilderie).

In the $15,000 main race, McVicar has nom­i­nated two horses Quick Spin and Hak­erak.

Quick Spin has rea­son­able form con­sid­er­ing the four year-old geld­ing has been rac­ing in stronger class, in­clud­ing a fifth plac­ing in Al­bury on Satur­day.

Quick Spin has also been nom­i­nated for race four, so he will be ex­pected to run in that race if not ac­cepted for the Gold Cup.

Hak­erak is new to the McVicar sta­bles and has strug­gled to put in a strong run, with his most re­cent start fin­ish­ing sixth at Al­bury on the week­end.

McVicar has one other horse nom­i­nated for the day En­conti, who ran a solid third in his first up start in De­niliquin a fort­night ago.

Phil Sweeney’s only Gold Cup nom­i­nated horse Our Project has a good chance of tak­ing home the main prize.

Since the six year-old geld­ing un­seated his rider in Grif­fith in early Septem­ber, he has put in some ex­cel­lent runs in­clud­ing a nar­row sec­ond in the De­niliquin Cup.

He also won a bar­rier trial and came third in the Jer­ilderie Gold Cup.

Also rac­ing in the main race will be Lee­ton trained Zar­reig, who won this race in 2016 and re­cently won the Jer­ilderie Gold Cup.

Sweeney will be keen to get a win in the first race with two horses nom­i­nated Dream Project and Bian­barnie.

Both have put in de­cent form lead­ing up and will be look­ing for a good run in the maiden race against weaker horses.

Fel­low Jer­ilderie trainer Ross Pur­cell has three horses nom­i­nated for the big day in races two, three and four.

Jer­ilderie trained Our Project has been nom­i­nated for the Ber­ri­gan Cup race.

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