Silver Goblet Preview kicks off big season of racing for Dubbo

Despite all the recent rain, Dubbo Turf Club will race on a soft 5 today. Photo: Racing Photography.

Dubbo Turf Club’s Silver Goblet Preview meeting will be run and won today, and the eight-race-program kicks off what is a very busy few five months for the club. 

The Silver Goblet – a race for two-year-olds – will then be run on their June 10 Showcase meeting, which coincides with the heats of the Winter Country Classic, with the final to be run on June 26. 

The club will then prepare for their Cup and Sprint Prelude meeting on August 7 before hosting their $100,000 Dubbo Cup program on September 11. 

In fact, it’s a very busy period for the club, who race another 13 times this year, with the peak of their racing arriving during the colder and wetter months. 

Dubbo Turf Club General Manager Sam Fitzgerald was excited to see how his racecourse would handle the extra racing after what has been a very wet period for the region, explaining that recent upgrades meant that the surface was able to handle all the recent rain. 

“Obviously the focus in Western NSW shifts to Dubbo in the winter, and we have a heavy racing schedule,” Fitzgerald said. 

“We are lucky to have a track that contends with the winter racing and the wet.

“We have invested another $100,000 to rejuvenate the strip drainage system that was installed five years ago and that allows the water to drain at a faster rate.

“At the moment, we have had the highest rain on record in April, and we have already received 75ml in May and we still have the potential to race on a soft five track (today), and potentially a good four after upgrades.”

Dubbo is always a popular venue for trainers from all over the state in the wetter months, and Fitzgerald said the wide-ranging and consistent support was a testament to their facilities and prime location.

“Dubbo is very fortunate that we are the benefactor of being in the central part of NSW, so we attract horses from the Hunter and North West, North Coast, South East, Southern Districts and of course our own area,” Fitzgerald said. 

“We get good fields, and I think that comes back to the consistency of the track. We race consistently throughout the year and trainers can appreciate that.

“It is a testament to our facilities that we attract good trainers like Brett Cavanough, Cam Crockett and Stephen Jones from Scone, and we have Clint Lundholm and Brett Robb here in Dubbo, who are in the top five in the state, and it’s a great tick for Dubbo and we are very proud.”

Today’s Silver Goblet Preview is an 1100m sprint for the two-year-olds and while scratchings have impacted the race, eight starters – including seven debutants – will race for the chance to qualify for next month’s $40,000 Silver Goblet. 

Silver Goblet Preview meeting tips

Race One: Best bet: 14 Sizzle Minizzle. Best Value: 8 Talbragar River.

Race Two: Best bet: 10 Denetta. Best Value: 7 Possibly So.

Race Three: Best bet: 1 Regalo D’oro. Best Value: 18 Money Not My God.

Race Four: Best bet: 1 Kimberley Secrets. Best Value: 10 Ballistic Beauty.

Race Five: Best bet: 10 Launch Attack. Best Value: 5 Top Hoffa.

Race Six: Best bet: 4 Hurn Court. Best Value: 3 Vascotto.

Race Seven: Best bet: 1 Alpha Go. Best Value: 10 Proverbial

Race Eight: Best bet: 9 Price Akeem. Best Value: 6 Vivenzo.

Dubbo’s remaining 2022 race dates  

Saturday, 21st May 2022 – Triple M & South Sydney Rabbitohs Race Day

Friday, 3rd June 2022

Friday, 10th June 2022 – Kings Hall Jewellers Silver Goblet Showcase Day

Sunday, 26th June 2022 – Winter Series Final Day

Friday, 15th July 2022

Sunday, 7th August 2022 – SpinalCure Australia Race Day – including Dubbo Cup and Sprint Prelude.

Sunday, 11th September 2022 – Dubbo Gold Cup Day

Friday. 30th September 2022

Saturday, 29th October 2022 – Derby Day

Tuesday, 1st November 2022 – McDonalds Melbourne Cup

Sunday, 13th November 2022

Tuesday, 6th December 2022

Saturday, 17th December 2022 – Christmas Party Race Day