Overwhelming support for race meet
The Egmont Racing Club has been bombarded with entries for its feature meeting at Hawera on Saturday.
When nominations closed yesterday morning, 219 horses had entered for the 10-race card.
It is easily the largest number of nominations received for a meeting in the Central Districts, if not the entire country, so far this spring.
The club should be thrilled with the support it has received from owners and trainers, in particular the feature races, which have drawn quality line-ups.
Heading a list of 23 nominations for the Group Three $80,000 Windsor Park Taranaki Breeders' Stakes, 1400m, is the Stephen McKee-trained Floria, with a rating of 99 points. Next on the list for the WFA feature for fillies and mares is the Tony Bambry-trained Dubai Belle, winner of six of her 20 starts and placed on seven occasions.
Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan has nominated the exciting middle-distance performer Rising Tide and group race winning mare Cassini for the $25,000 PowerWorx Egmont Cup (2100), the main supporting race on the card.
The race is a recognised lead-up event to the New Zealand Cup at Riccarton next month. Up-and- comers Pero and Duke Of York are included in the list of cup entries.
Track conditions at Hawera yesterday were described as dead 5 and on Saturday the inside running rail will be in the true position.
Withdrawals for all races at the meeting close at 11am today.
Taranaki Daily News