Friday's Mudgee Cup showcase meeting is near-certain to be one to savour.
A packed crowd is guaranteed to be back trackside while a stellar list of nominations for the rich eight-race meeting was released on Monday.
There was 298 nominations in total for the meeting. Of those, 27 were for the feature event, the $75,000 Robert Oatley Wines Mudgee Cup (1600m) while there was a loaded 34 chances put forward for the $50,000 Mudgee Cup Day Showcase Sprint (1200m).
Former Dubbo-based Country Championships Qualifier winners Activation and Westlink, trained by Clint Lundholm and Darren Hyde respectively, are headed for the sprint while former Group 3 galloper Star Boy, trained at Scone by Brett Cavanough, headlines the nominations.
Jailbreak, a former star for the Kody Nestor, is one of three chances put forward by leading Bathurst trainer Gayna Williams alongside El Mo and Healing Hands.
There was a strong mix of city and country chances put forward for the cup.
The leading Rosehill team of Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou, fresh from winning Saturday's Group 3 Festival Stakes with Ellsberg, nominated Amica while Ladylovestogamble was put forward by Bjorn Baker,
Of the western area hopes, Lundholm has Notabadidea in the mix while Wellington's Peter Stanley put forward Not Negotiating and Ecker Road was nominated by Gilgandra trainer Bryan Dixon.
"We are thrilled that after reduced ticket sales in 2020 due to COVID, the Mudgee Cup is returning bigger and better than ever with thousands expected to join in the fun and celebrations of the day," Mudgee Race Club's manager, Belinda Holden, told Racing NSW.
"The track is looking amazing after recent rain and the club is also undergoing a rebrand which we will launch on the day via our new website and logo, which is exciting for us all.
"And after the dust has settled from Mudgee Cup Day, we will also look forward to hosting the Newhaven Park Country Championships Qualifier on Sunday February 27.
Final fields are confirmed on Wednesday.
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