A non-TAB meeting at Dubbo Turf Club pales into insignificance when compared to the glitz and glamour of Flemington on Melbourne Cup day but the healthy crowd expected on Tuesday is certain to see quality racing.
The fields might not be as strong as other days on the Dubbo Turf Club calendar but Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup meeting is still certain to keep the punters intrigued.
One trainer making the trip with a strong contingent is Gulgong’s Brett Thompson.
The Lunn family dominate the meeting – each of Garry, Michael, Dar, Lee, and Karen have chances throughout – but Thompson is bringing a handy group with him.
Dart Street headlines his six-pronged assault on Dubbo Turf Club, the gelding looking more than capable of an upset win in the Western Magazine Class 2 Handicap (1400m).
The four-year-old Dart Street was just edged out when racing as a hot favourite at Mudgee last time out and has one win and two other placings in five starts this preparation.
He’ll go from barrier four of eight in the finals race of the day.
In the penultimate event of the meeting, Thompson will see Shake Off go from barrier six with Tiffany Jeffries in the saddle.
Shake Off is another of Thompson’s main hopes, the seven-year-old also having to settle for second when jumping a favourite at Mudgee last time out but he did go into that event on the back of successive wins.
Maiden hope Duntroon Man, Marada, Queen Isla, and Miss Whistler are Thompson’s other hopes.
Racing starts at 1.55pm.