There’s a big field for Sunday's Gold Cup at the Dubbo Turf Club, and seven local trainers are making the trip to the meet.
The day will have more than $300,000 in prize money on offer, making the gold at the end of the Dubbo rainbow all the sweeter for the Mudgee and Gulgong entries.
First off the ranks are Brett Thompson and Gayna Williams, both of whom have four entries across the Dubbo day.
Williams’ The Penguin will face off against Thompson’s Dart Street in the first race of the day, the Aqua West Showcase Maiden Plate, run at 1000 metres.
The two trainers then meet up again in the second race of the day, Adors Party Hire Showcase Maiden Handicap, ran at 1400 metres.
Williams’ is bringing Foxdown to the race, while Thompson has two horses – Ad Valeica and Infinite Advantage.
They are joined by another local trainer, Ross Lomax, who’s single entry for the day is Just Schillin'.
Lomax’s bay gelding has just missed the top spot twice in recent meets, once at Dubbo in June when Orry Boy pipped them for the top spot, and more recently on home turf in Mudgee when Raise a Drop placed first.
Interestingly, Just Schillin’ beat Williams’ Foxdown to second in that same race at the Black Nugget Cup race meet, and Lomax will be looking for a similar outing on Sunday.
Two more of the travelling trainers from Mudgee then appear in the third race of the day.
Cameron Crockett and David J Smith both have one entry in Sams Liquid Waste and Hire Class 1 Showcase Handicap at 1300 metres – Alexandra Demure and Wacky Doo respectively.
Williams then holds up the Mudgee and Gulgong banner on her lonesome for the fifth race of the day, with Wild Cavalier contesting the Harpil Hotel Group Class 2 Showcase Flying HCP, run at 1100 metres.
Smith’s Distinctive Look, who took out first places in Orange and at the Country Championship leg in Wellington in March, is one of the entries for the XXXX Gold Dubbo Cup Day Showcase Flying HCP (1100 metres), alongside Brett Thompson’s One Last Poet.
Gayna William’s final entry of the day is in the title race, the Dubbo Gold Cup, where she has entered Dapperized.
The other local that has been entered into the Gold Cup is Mack Griffith, who’s entry Schedule ran first at Randwick earlier in the year, and he is sure to be a favourite in the race.
The day is then rounded out with the last of the locals, Bob Howe, and his entry into the Mitavite Class 3 Showcase Handicap, run at 1600 metres.
Maldicente has raced in meets like Warren, Gilgandra and Scone in recent months, and is looking to make an impact Dubbo as one of the entries in a massive field for the Sunday meet.
The first race begins at 12.35pm on Sunday, September 17.