Cowra racing returns on Saturday afternoon at the Showgrounds

Racing returns again to Cowra again this weekend.
Racing returns again to Cowra again this weekend.

Advertised as an afternoon that could be potentially utilised for Christmas work celebrations, this Saturday's local racing card, featuring five races, offers plenty of riding action for enthusiasts at the Cowra Showgrounds.

A non-TAB meeting, the day will feature plenty of local trainers such as Danny Parsons, George Hoy and Andrew Molloy, who will all be looking to come up with a win on their home turf, as the Cowra Cup begins to loom on the horizon.

The meet also contains plenty of short-distance handicap events, with only the first two events of the afternoon - a 1700 metre Benchmark 50 Handicap and 1375 metre Maiden Plate - exceeding 1100 metres.

The rest of the meet will be full throttle, with Hoy and Molloy featuring in the Raine and Horne Cowra Benchmark 50 Handicap (1100 metres) with Cafe Terrace and Noble Hussler respectively.

Cafe Terrace, a seven year old Bay Gelding, will be ridden by Ashleigh Stanley, and the team behind the horse will be hoping for a good showing, with its last placing a third in Wellington during July.

Molloy's Noble Hussler is in a similar position. The five year old Bay Gelding, which at the time of print hadn't listed its jockey for Saturday's event, hasn't won a race since October of last year at Narromine, with its best result a fourth place at Wellington in June.

Meanwhile, Parsons will feature with Hez Arrived in race four, the 950 metre Cowra Cup 19th January 2020 CG&E Class One Handicap, and will be ridden by Jake Pracey-Holmes.

Parsons will be hoping that the five year old Brown Gelding can repeat the form that saw it victorious at the Cowra Showgrounds in July, where it won the Thanks To Our Sponsors Maiden Handicap, also raced over 950 metres.

The patronage of local business in ensuring the event goes ahead is also crucial, with the aforementioned Raine and Horne and Cowra Bowling Club sponsoring three of the five races on the Saturday afternoon, where the first race - The Jack High Family Restaurant at Cowra Bowling Club Benchmark 50 Handicap will start at 2pm.

The Bowling Club have also sponsored the final race of the day, the Get on the Bus F&M Class One Handicap, a 950 metre race, which will take place at 4.35pm.

Additionally, the Cowra Jockey Club have also used the second race of the day to acknowledge the impact of drought on the region, with the 2.35pm race named the "Bugger the Drought! Maiden Plate".