Metropoli­tan-grade meet

Turf club ready for big start to sea­son

South Western Times - - Sport - Justin Fris

All is in readi­ness for an­other bumper sea­son at the Bun­bury Turf Club, which kicks off with the $100,000 TabTouch 3YO Clas­sic (1000m) on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

With no metropoli­tan meet­ing held this week as rac­ing shifts from Bel­mont Park to As­cot, Satur­day’s eight-race pro­gram in Bun­bury is a stand­alone and a metropoli­tan-grade meet­ing — which, as club chief ex­ec­u­tive and rac­ing man­ager Alex Doble ex­plains, is a big deal for lo­cal train­ers.

“It’s metropoli­tan-grade prize money so there is close to $500,000 on of­fer,” he said.

“It’s a great re­ward for our lo­cal par­tic­i­pants and we have quite a few of our lo­cals in­volved here in Bun­bury.

“For them to have ac­cess to that level of prize money in their own back­yard is great for them and ob­vi­ously the card is high­lighted by the $100,000 TabTouch 3YO Clas­sic.”

De­spite the threat of show­ers, the lure of qual­ity rac­ing in the South West should be im­pos­si­ble for many to pass up.

“You get the best jock­eys and horses from around the State in your own back­yard,” Doble said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the par­tic­i­pants but also for the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion to come down and see some se­ri­ous rac­ing with­out hav­ing to make the hike to Perth.”

Late yes­ter­day seven run­ners had been con­firmed for the fea­ture three-year-old race, with $59,000 on of­fer for first past the post.

Among the pre-race fan­cies are Si­mon Miller’s geld­ing Val­our Road and David Har­ri­son’s run­ner Chix Pic — with both hav­ing won two of their open­ing three ca­reer starts.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury Turf Club chief ex­ec­u­tive and rac­ing man­ager Alex Doble has his eyes fo­cused on Satur­day’s $100,000 TabTouch 3YO Clas­sic.

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