An enormous number of nominations for Sunday’s Gold Cup meeting is a reflection on the work done in recent years at Dubbo Turf Club.
That’s according to the club’s general manager, Vince Gordon, who was left delighted after 2017 nominations were received for Sunday’s showcase event.
“The nominations are excellent,” he said.
“That will ensure full fields in every event from the Cup to the Flying race and Picnic Championship as well so it will be very good.”
The day will have more than $300,000 in prizemoney on offer.
This is due to it being a Racing NSW showcase meeting, meaning minimum prizemoney in each race is risen to $30,000.
Those kind of figures have attracted trainers from all over with nominations for the Cup coming from as far as Rosehill and Wyong as well as Scone, Wagga and Muswellbrook.
There’s also a number of local hopes with Clint Lundholm putting forward Dreadlock and Justin Stanley nominating Something while Stephen Gleeson nominated Super Chase.
“It’s been good for a couple of years now,” Gordon said of race numbers.
“It shows the quality of the track and the confidence people have in the track.
They see a good surface and quality racing and they keep coming back.
“Every meeting they see a good surface and quality racing and they keep coming back.”
As well as the $60,000 Gold Cup (1600m), the $40,000 Dubbo Cup Day Showcase Flying Handicap (1100m) attracted 19 nominations, including former Wellington Boot winner Alliterate, while 28 chances were put forward for the inaugural $50,000 Showcase Picnic Championship (1400m).
That event is for the best-performed horses on the season’s picnic circuit.
“There’s some really good horses racing and a lot of the local horses have been building up to this,” Gordon said.
“Then there’s the others from elsewhere so there will be no gimmes.”
Final fields are released Thursday.