The 2000m Port Macquarie Cup will take centre stage on Friday and is scheduled to be run at 5:05pm.
As always, the $200,000 feature country race has attracted a high-quality field with a few runners dropping back from city and provincial meets.
Top weight Alakahan from the Richard & Michael Freedman yard has had a couple disappointing runs to begin this campaign but was unlucky last start in the Listed Wyong Cup (7th), never getting clear.
Chris Waller saddles up two runners coming out of the same Benchmark 88 race.
Achiever finished third there but could get trapped wide after drawing 15 of 18.
I prefer the second Waller runner, Our Intrigue, after he hit the line stronger (5th, beaten 5.1 lengths) after having a couple things go wrong. He is a great chance.
Fast Talking is flying for Kody Nestor, boasting three placings on the trot to begin this preparation.
The Dubbo runner rises to 2000m here, which suits after he won The Country Classic at the same distance. He should stalk the leaders from barrier 2.
Nemingah could run a race at each way odds, either leading or sitting just off them.
Edward O’Rourke has his gelding in good form following three second placings on the trot, the latest two chasing perennial cup winner, Macchina Volante.
2020 Winner: Entente ridden by Tim Clark and ridden by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.
Port Macquarie tips: Race 1: Miss Laquetta, Thunder Rose, Race 2: Klopp, Devil’s Inn, Race 3: All A Lady, Black Jacamar, Race 4: Pandora Blue, Rahni Factor, Race 5: Liberty Sun, Jailbreak, Race 6: Big Surprise, Magic Charlee, Race 7: Our Intrigue, Fast Talking, Race 8: Democracy Manifest, Foxstorm.
A bit about Port Macquarie
Located on the mid North Coast of NSW, about a three-hour drive of Newcastle, is the stunning seaside town of Port Macquarie.
It’s location and laid-back lifestyle has made Port a popular holiday destination.
There is numerous beaches and waterways to enjoy, you could even head inward and explore the natural beauty in the rainforests and national parks or relax and taste the best wine on offer from the Hastings River wine region.
Don’t worry there’s plenty of activities and attractions to keep everyone busy.
But what Port Macquarie is most known for is Koalas. The region has the highest population of the cute animal on the East Coast, as well as housing the famous Koala Hospital that treats and rehabs around 250 koalas a year; you can book a guided tour.
Visitors can also take the family and meet a number of other animals at the Billabong Zoo: Koala and Wildlife Park.
Port Macquarie is a town with a lot to offer throughout the year, holding various events like the Festival of the Sun, Tasting on Hastings and Hello Koalas Festival to name a few.