Naracoorte Cup expectations high

EXPECTATIONS are high from race officials ahead of this Sunday's MiniJumbuk Naracoorte Cup.

Nominations closed on Tuesday and Naracoorte Racing Club secretary Ginny Harvie said she was delighted at how the numbers were stacking up with 109 nominations across eight races.

"We as a club are very happy," she told the Herald.

"We're very excited and we think it's a good reward for the work that has been put into the track."

Fifteen horses have nominated for the cup, run over 2000m, while the smallest field is the 1200m open handicap with just five horses set to line up.

Numbers are expected to be trimmed back slightly after acceptances but all in all the club was satisfied with how things were looking.

Mrs Harvie was optimistic about the weather due on the weekend - with the forecast for cup day at 31 degrees.

"We may get a few late scratchings (but) as long as it stays in the mid to low 30s it will be fine."

Thoroughbred Racing SA does also have a hot weather policy should the weather get too high.

Local trainer Sue Murphy is well represented in nominations for the cup race with three potential runners - Bredlign from New Zealand, Equivocation and Life's A Butterfly.

Fellow local Sue Jaensch has Tonto's Pride nominated.

With last year's crowd around 1700, similar numbers are expected at this year's event, the highlight of the Naracoorte Racing Club year.

Gates open at the Naracoorte Racecourse from 10am with general admission tickets $15 and concession $10. Children under 16 are free.

A free bus service will be running to and from the Naracoorte Town Squares at 11am-12.30pm and 5pm-6.30pm.

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