This year’s running of the Diggers Cup (1375m) headlines a bumper day of racing set for the Cowra Jockey Club this Thursday.
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More than 130 nominations have been taken throughout the seven race meeting with 17 entered for the day’s feature. Among those is Cowra galloper Campfire, trained by Kathryn Cahill, who is returning from a long stint in the paddock.
Campfire’s last race outing was May last year however he has been tested recently running 800m in a trial at Goulburn on February 18.
The lengthy spell followed 16 races beginning with his maiden appearance during February 2015 at Cowra.
In that time he’s recorded four wins and six minor places.
The five-year-old looms as one of the top selections for this Thursday’s Diggers Cup which is also marked as a preview for the Country Championships qualifier in Wellington on March 12.
Cahill will be hoping Campfire can show some form during his first assignment this preparation and then enter a bid in the qualifier in a few weeks.
Cowra jockey club president Craig Hyeronimus says he’s thrilled with the quality and amount of nominations.
“The nominations are really good, it’s looking like it’ll be a great day,” Craig Hyeronimus said.
“We’re under no illusions it’s going to be hard to get a big crowd on a Thursday but there’s still full TAB and bar facilities.”
The nominations are really good, it’s looking like it’ll be a great day.- Craig Hyeronimus
Trainers from across the state have nominated horses for the $11,000-to-the-winner Diggers Cup.
Dubbo’s Justin W Stanley is the only one to have nominated dual gallopers from his stable with Moqwao and Coming In Hot among the entrants.
Trainers from Bathurst, Orange, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Hawkesbury and Mudgee will all converge on Cowra for the day.
Hyeronimus thanked supporters of the Cowra Jockey Club including major sponsor Cowra Services Club.
Entry throughout the day will be free of charge and race booklets will also be complimentary.
Gates open 12pm.
Art ‘N’ Ollie (Dean Mirfin), Beau Hoffa (Lee Van Den Bos), Campfire (Kathryn Cahill), Coming In Hot (Justin W Stanley), Fermanagh Lad (Chris Heywood), It’s A Virtue (John Rolfe), Kingia (Peter J Morgan), Lukey (Dar Lunn), Moqwao (Justin W Stanley), Oakwood Lady (Scott Singleton), Shadow Affair (Gayna Williams), Spur With Ease (Neil Osbourne), Strathaird (Garry Lunn), Tiger’s Story (Paul Theobald), Welcome Art (George Hoy), Yet Tobe Convinced (Scott Spackman), Ziganui (Keith Dryden and Scott Collings).
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