GUNBOWER’S big day is just a few sleeps away, with Saturday the local racing club’s annual raceday.
A year on from last year’s event which was cancelled late due to wet weather, Gunbower Racing Club president Mick Farrant said he was gearing up for an excitement level never quite seen before on raceday.
‘‘It’s all going really well. I was out there today and there’s plenty going on. We’re really looking forward to it,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve had the best marquee sales we’ve ever had, just massive enquiries.
‘‘It looks like the weather could be kind to us and we’d be happy with that.
‘‘It’s a pretty picturesque little spot we’ve got.’’
With a beautiful day of 25 degrees celsius predicted, Farrant hoped Sunday’s forecast rain would not arrive early and allow an expected huge crowd to enjoy a perfect day.
‘‘I wouldn’t be surprised if there were 3000 people there, and that would be a record,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re hoping we can bump the 3000 mark, we’re planning for that and hoping it all comes off nicely.
‘‘I’ve got about 100 people watching the weather map for me.
‘‘I’m probably the most nervous racing club president out there.’’
With nominations released in recent days, it is expected each of the seven races will feature the club maximum number of 10 horses.
‘‘The nominations are great. People were telling me this morning that they’re through the roof,’’ Farrant said.
‘‘I imagine we’ll be able to get full fields in every race.
‘‘We seem to do pretty well with the track preparation, the timing of the races seems to be right for a lot of horses. It’s a good start to the season, and then we can say (their campaigns) all started at Gunbower.’’
With 37 horses nominated for the $20,000 Gunbower Gold Cup, Farrant expected one of the best cup fields the club had ever put together.
Local trainers John Pearson and Tony Williams have horses nominated for the day, with Daryl and Rhys Archard and Gwenda Johnstone among other nearby trainers looking to run horses at the event.
‘‘We just want to see them do well. I’d like nothing more than to hand someone like Daryl Archard the Gunbower Cup,’’ he said.
With the track again in fantastic condition, Farrant said it was a team effort to be able to present such a fantastic raceday environment.
‘‘It’s absolutely magnificent, we’re pretty pleased with it,’’ he said.
‘‘It had a little tickle up today and it’s looking really nice. It’s a bit damp and should be really, really good for Saturday.
‘‘I’m really lucky to have a great committee. Vicky McGillivray does the work of three people, Jim Lake is great, everyone comes to do their bit and it’s all voluntary. It’s a small community thing and everyone chips in.’’
For tickets and more information including buses to and from the course, visit country.racing.com/calendar/2017-10-07/procal-dairies-gunbower-gold-cup-2017.