Number of nominations to make Bourke raceday something special

IN-FORM sprinter Castlereagh Grey heads nominations for the Back O' Bourke Benchmark 60 Handicap (1100m), the feature event at Dubbo Turf Club's Bourke Reunion raceday this Saturday.

A winner of four races from five starts, including a last-start win at Dubbo, the Bruce Parker-trained mare is expected to get somewhere in the vicinity of 59.5kg when weights are released today.

Thirteen runners have been nominated for the event, including another in-form Gilgandra trained mare in Princess Pachara.

Trained by Collen Thurston, Princess Pachara has won her past two starts at Mudgee and Orange, and prior to that finished a gallant second to Castlereagh Grey during the Gilgandra new year carnival.

Nominations for the feature sprint and the 1405m maiden have been extended until 11am this morning, however the other four races have been well supported.

More than 20 nominations have been received for those races, including a number of horses aiming to line up for their first race start in the scheduled 1000m maiden event.

Weights for the meeting, which will feature on the Sky 2 service, come out today with the final fields to be declared on Thursday morning.

The other central west meeting coming up in the next week will be a TAB meeting at Coonamble on Monday.

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