Naracoorte Cup day on the way again

2018: After last year's cup race, Naracoorte Racing Club president Bill Vine (left), with sponsors and Evenmoreaction's owners, and winning cup trainer Michael O'Leary.
2018: After last year's cup race, Naracoorte Racing Club president Bill Vine (left), with sponsors and Evenmoreaction's owners, and winning cup trainer Michael O'Leary.

On the final day of the Taste the Limestone Coast weekend, Naracoorte Racing Club will host the MiniJumbuk Naracoorte Cup on Sunday February 10.

It's always a great way to finish off the biggest weekend on Naracoorte’s social calendar, and always draws a big crowd.

Tickets to the Coopers Home Straight Marquee are now on sale at $125 each. They include entry to the race course and Coopers Marquee, a race book and a food and drinks package starting from 12 and finishing after the running of the last race. This is always a popular marquee and ticket sales are limited. Tickets can be bought from the club directly or by heading online to Eventbrite (search Minijumbuk Naracoorte Cup).

General admission tickets can also be pre-purchased on the Eventbrite page for $15 pre-paid, or $20 on the day, with pensioners $10 online or $15 at the gate. ID will be required at the gate for concession entry.

The racing club will again provide free transport for racegoers to and from the track. A shuttle bus will be running from the town square at 11am, 11.30am and 12pm and returning 15 minutes after the last race. No bookings will be taken, simply be there at those times and jump on.

Koonara Wines and Pimms have teamed up this year to have a garden bar, with tables and umbrellas set up, so find a shady spot.

On the track, there will be some talented horses likely to contest the cup. While nominations don’t close until Monday, horses that may run are the local Sue Jaensch trained Strategic Glass, winner of the Summer Cup at Penola on Monday, Pass The Glass who has very consistent form and Costa Lante the 2018 Bordertown Cup winner. 

Sue Murphy is likely to saddle up Hasta La Thomas who was the winner of the 2017 Cup and runner-up last year. There may also be some handy horses travelling from Mount Gambier, the first being Vignerons Cup winner Tahnee Tiara  and Mista Holyfield who won the Murray Bridge Cup on Sunday.

The kids will once again be looked after with free activities. A jumping castle, face painting, giant games including totem tennis and a colouring tent will be provided to keep the little ones entertained.

Fashions on the Field will again be a hotly contested affair, with the ladies and gents going to great lengths to get into the regional finals. Entries will be taken on the day in the Fashions at the Races tent. Competition times will be confirmed on the day, with juniors being judged first.

There are some great prizes up for grabs supplied by local businesses as well as $1000 cash to the overall winner.

For those who want the full race experience, the Calcutta will once again be held on the Saturday night. The club has secured Group One winning jockey Harry Coffey as the guest speaker. Harry suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and has had to overcome many hurdles to get where he is today.

Tickets to the calcutta are $40 which includes supper served throughout the night. The function will start at 6pm in the Members Bar. Contact the club to reserve your ticket

Gates will open at 11am on cup day and as always, there will be be food to suit everyone’s taste, cold drinks and betting facilities.

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