Excitement builds

On track: Terang and District Racing Club president Wayne Johnstone says everything is ready for a great day of racing at the Terang Cup on Sunday.

On track: Terang and District Racing Club president Wayne Johnstone says everything is ready for a great day of racing at the Terang Cup on Sunday.

RECENT rain could not have come at a better time for the Terang and District Racing Club as it gears up for the $50,000 Terang Cup this Sunday.

The track is in good order and has benefited immensely from the recent drop of 18mm of rain last week.

Club president Wayne Johnstone said the track was in excellent condition.

“The track is likely to be rated a good4 and a few mills (of rain) Friday should enhance it again,” he said.

Mr Johnstone said the club had received quality nominations for the meeting and expected to run eight or nine races.

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has four nominations for the cup, including Master Zephyr and Falago.

Master Zephyr will head to the Warrnambool Cup two weeks later in an attempt to emulate the feats of stablemate Tall Ship who won the 2015 Terang and Warrnambool cups.

Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde also has four nominations for the cup while local connection Dan O’Sullivan has nominated Tuscan Fire, looking to improve on its second place in last year’s cup.

Fashions on the Field is expected to be a popular event with guest judges Bree Laughlin and Rachel Reed.

Ms Laughlin was the 2011 Face of the Caulfield Cup Carnival and has recently joined the racing.com team.

With a strong interest in racing fashion, modelling both the winning Millinery Award in 2014 and the winning Design Award in 2015 at Flemington, Ms Laughlin is now Country Racing’s stylist and fashion blogger.

Ms Reed has spent the last 13 years managing the PR and marketing for the major sponsors of race days and carnivals across Australia including Derby Day, the Caulfield Cup Carnival and the Magic Millions.

The club also has a ‘Mix N Mingle’ marquee package available, which includes racecourse admission, a marquee on the rails, finger food and drinks.

The rail at Terang on Sunday will remain out two metres from the 800m mark to the winning post for the cup.

Recent racing with the rail out has proven to be excellent and eliminated what many believe to be a rail bias at the Terang venue.

The committee believes it is in the best interests of all to finish the season off with the rail out.

Based on recent horse numbers, the club is anticipating a great day of quality racing.

Sunday’s meeting will also feature a tribute to Laurie Kenna who died recently. Mr Kenna was a life member of the club and a judge for 47 years.

Mr Johnstone said the Terang Cup meeting was an ideal preparation for trainers and owners leading into the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.

Gates open at 11.30am and for further inquiries head to terang.countryracing.com.au.

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