After receiving a mammoth 161 nominations, Gundagai-Adelong Race Club will host a strong six-race TAB Two program on Saturday.
96 horses were accepted for the meeting, with each race set to run with a capacity field.
There looks to be plenty of local chances and Gundagai-Adelong Race Club President Mick Crowe hoped to see a good crowd down at the races.
Crowe did stress that a few new Covid-19 guidelines would impact race goers though.
“Hopefully we get a good crowd, it looks a good card, but everyone has to wear a mask,” Crowe said.
“Everybody can attend, unless they are from a hot spot, but it is suggested that if you are unwell, that you should not attend.”
Patrons must be seated when drinking on course too, and while Crowe acknowledged it would be hard to enforce, it needed to happen.
“Other than wearing the mask at all times, if patrons are drinking, they have to be seated,” Crowe said.
“Whether you are indoors or outdoors, you have to be seated – I know it’s hard but we have to follow the rules.”
When asked why there were such strong fields, Crowe said there was a need for lower class racing, while the recent increase of TAB Two prizemoney from $12,000 a race to $15,000 a race would have helped.
“We had really strong nominations and I think Racing NSW should be holding a lot more of these TAB Two meetings,” Crowe said.
“It’s pretty obvious that there is a need for race meetings for those second-class horses.”
Tumut trainer Kerry Weir also believed the bigger fields were a result of the increase in prizemoney.
“It just highlights that prizemoney goes up this week,” Weir said.
“You compare all the meetings and prizemoney and it’s now worth racing at those meetings and I think you will see a lot more horses at TAB Twos and non-TABS.”
For those wanting to get along to the races, action jumps at 12.15pm and there is full TAB, a full bookmakers ring, bistro and the bar is open.
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In the first race on the program the Mitchell Beer trained Scarlet Prince will make his race-day debut.
The two-year-old meets a few older gallopers but he looks to have a lot of up-side.
Nick Souquet gets on board and from gate one, the veteran jockey should have every chance to place his horse in the best position possible.
Scarlet Prince was very nice trial winner at Albury in June 22, with Nick Souquet riding him quietly at the back before the pair hit the line nicely to win.
That trial was on a heavy nine, so some give in the track shouldn’t matter too much and his dam, Scarletta, was a winner as a three-year-old before being retired and she has since produced winners.
It could be worth following the early betting trends in this event, especially if money comes for the Beer runner.
In the second event, the Kooringal Stud owned Last War should go close over the six furlongs.
The Chris Heywood prepared three-year-old is fresh off two solid fourth placings at Wagga and looks to have enough speed to lead from gate 3 in this maiden event.
They won’t go as hard over the 1180m and Nick Heywood will get everything chance to lead from pillar to post in this easier looking Maiden Plate.
In the fifth race, the Class Three 1400m Handicap, it could be worth watching the Mick Smith trained Street Cred.
Mick Heagney takes the ride and Gate seven shouldn’t be an issue.
The five-year-old was a good winner at Goulburn two starts back, running away for a good win in a tough little Benchmark 58 over the 1515m at Goulburn.
He was outclassed in town last start, but he is capable of being on the pace and he handles a heavier surface. This isn’t the deepest Class Three you will find and the Provincial class horse could be a value runner, especially if he is sitting on the leader’s tails as they turn for home