Big fields for big Cup day
THE prediction of picture-perfect weather and a huge crowd only needs one other component to ensure Saturday's Gladstone Cup race day at Ferguson Park would be highly successful and that came to fruition yesterday through 62 horses being entered.
Furthermore, the $15,000 Gladstone Cup (1608m) is virtually guaranteed a full field of a dozen starters after 16 horses, including some quality ones at that, were entered when the nominations closed yesterday.
These included last year's Rockhampton Cup winner Cannyclimb, the Gympie pair of Challamar and Craiglea Tina as well as premier Mackay trainer Stuart Kendrick's Timecall.
Also penned-in for a Gladstone Cup start is Jared Wehlow's Rockhampton- trained veteran Teddy Bare which won the feature race on August 13 last year.
Actually, Teddy Bare is a Ferguson Park track specialist as he has won at his only two appearances on the Gladstone sand circuit.
On April 7 this year, old "Teddy", as the 10-year-old is affectionately known around the Wehlow stable, won a Ferguson Park sprint race over 1194 metres.
In those two wins he was ridden by Scott Sheargold and Tracy O'Hara, but Carly Mae-Pye has been named as the likely rider for Teddy Bare on Saturday.
The co-feature race on the progam, the $12,000 Newmarket (1194m) has attracted 13 nominations with the top hopes appearing as Mackay's Carmenator, Bluff's Hunting Lodge and locally owned and trained Master Greig.
Master Greig has never been in better form and Ferguson Park trainer Lee Keirnan has him ready to run the race of his life.
Already 20 marquees have been booked out by Ferguson Park racegoers and the crowd is expected to be a sell-out.
While there will be high stakes on offer for the horses, the "fillies and colts" engaging in the Fashions on the Field are also in the running for some fabulous prizes.
These include a holiday package to Brisbane for the running of the 2013 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben racecourse with flights and accommodation included.
NOTE: Capable Brisbane apprentice jockey Alexandra Kitson is available for rides at the meeting.
Black Tie Gala Ball
TIME is fast running out for those people keen to book a ticket to Gladstone Turf Club's most glamorous event of the year.
Some of Australian racing's biggest names will be special guests at the Gladstone Turf Club's inaugural Black Tie Gala Ball which is planned for Friday night, on the eve of the Gladstone Cup.
There are about 50 tickets remaining so those keen to attend need to be quick.
Tickets must be confirmed by this afternoon.
Tickets can be obtained from the Gladstone Turf Club or by telephoning 4979 2920 or 0409 489 449.