Thou­sands ready for Ber­ri­gan Cup

Southern Riverina news - - BERRIGAN GOLD CUP 2018 -

The big­gest day on the Ber­ri­gan cal­en­dar is just here with thou­sands ex­pected to flock to the Ber­ri­gan Race­course for the 63th run­ning of the Ber­ri­gan Cup.

Record crowds are ex­pected at the event which at­tracts race-go­ers from all parts of the coun­try.

The six-race meeting fea­tures the cov­eted Cup race — race five — which is val­ued at an en­vi­able $15,000.

Ber­ri­gan Race Club pres­i­dent Ge­off Swann said he’s ex­cited for this Satur­day’s race meeting.

‘‘We’ve had a great book­ing this year for the mar­quees both in the pri­vate and re­served.

‘‘The re­served mar­quee has been well re­ceived from peo­ple.

‘‘We’re ex­pect­ing a great crowd this year and the weather looks like it will be ter­rific.

‘‘It’s too early to tell with the fields but I think they’ll be up to the usual stan­dard.

‘‘Peo­ple should come along to have a re­ally en­joy­able, so­cial day at a coun­try race meeting.

‘‘We have great fa­cil­i­ties, great ser­vices and a pro­vide a re­ally friendly at­mos­phere. A lot of lo­cal peo­ple who you might have gone to school with re­turn to the area just for the event so it’s a chance to catch up with old friends.

‘‘I hope all pa­trons can have a happy and safe day,’’ Swann said.

The Gold Cup shares the day with Melbourne’s Vic­to­rian Derby, one of the most pres­ti­gious race days in the coun­try.

For the pun­ters, there will be on-site book­mak­ers as well as TAB fa­cil­i­ties.

Gates open from 11am ($20 en­try, $10 aged pen­sions, chil­dren un­der 16 en­ter free).

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.berri­g­an­race­ and find the club on Facebook. Race card is as fol­lowed: Race 1 – Glen Ayre Memo­rial Maiden Plate, $6,000 (1100m).

Race 2 – Kennedy Builders Bench­mark 55 Hand­i­cap, $6,000 (1100m).

Race 3 – Ba­rooga Spor­ties Class 2 Hand­i­cap, $6,000 (1200m).

Race 4 – O’Bryan O’Don­nell Bench­mark 55 Hand­i­cap, $6,000 (1400m).

Race 5 – McNaughts Driv­ing In­no­va­tion Ber­ri­gan Cup, $15,000 (1600m).

Race 6 – Bax­ters Trans­port Maiden Plate, $6,000 (1600m)

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