THE Gore Racing Club is hoping for a big crowd to attend its main race meeting this Saturday.
The race day was highlighted by the club’s two prestigious races; the Gore Guineas and the Gore Cup.
The prize money on offer had attracted some of the best horses from the Highlanders’ region as well as visitors from Canterbury and further afield.
The $50,000 Gore Guineas was the first of the Triple Crown races for the south’s best 3-year-olds. The second race for the 3-year-olds is in Dunedin on February 6, followed by Invercargill on February 20.
North Island trainer Daniel Miller sent his 3-year-old Grand Gesture south after earning two wins in the north; Grand Gesture was an unlucky third last weekend and would be one of the favourites in the Guineas on Saturday.
Chokito was another top chance in the feature race after recording three wins and three seconds from seven races for Timaru trainers Mel and Warrick Cole.
Southland’s best hopes were with Woodlands trainer Robert Dennis who had two fillies in the race; The Gift and Ocean Point. The Gift has three wins from eight starts, while Ocean Point had won two of her four races.
The $32,500 Gore Cup was also a competitive race; Invercargill trainer Lisa Vaughan had Asathought lining up as a very good light-weight chance – the four-year-old mare has already won three races this season.
Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler had three horses from his stable targeting the Gore Cup. Flying Sardine was aiming for a 16th career win, while Rosie Glow would go well if the track was as wet as it was when she won on New Year ‘s Day. Kilowatt would be Tyler’s third chance.
Jo Dalton was starting Picture Me Rollin in the Cup on Saturday; the 6-year-old mare has good form over this distance and won the Winton Cup in October.