Edenhope Cup punters set for a big day

TELOPEA Downs trainer Daryl Dodson and Horsham hoop Holly McKechnie will team up for Saturday's Edenhope Cup.

McKechnie will pilot Bernie's Boy in the $15,000 feature event over 1850 metres.

The six-year-old gelding is coming off a lacklustre run at Ararat last month but prior to that had chalked up two wins on the trot.

His major competition looms in the form of Naracoorte Cup winner Tonto's Pride, which is searching for his second cup in as many outings.

The six-year-old son of Face Value - from the Naracoorte stable of Sue Jaensch - will be tough to beat.

Fellow South Australian trainer Sam Turner will pin his hopes on Sandhill Chief, which is racing well without a win this prep.

Edenhope Race Club race secretary Jane Richardson is expecting a competitive race.

"Bernie's Boy is locally owned, so there will be a lot of people cheering him on," she said.

"We're pretty happy with the fields.

"The meeting has once again been well supported by trainers from the Wimmera and the south-east of South Australia."

Dodson will have five runners at the seven-race meeting, with Wimmera trainers Mick Clark, Simon Gebert and Majella Ballentine also competing.

"Our president Ian Boettcher has a couple of horses in and we've also got Bill and Symon Wilde bringing a few horses up from Warrnambool," Richardson said.

The day's most successful trainer will walk away with a $1000 Caltex fuel card.

"It will work on a points system, with trainers getting points when horses run first, second or third," Richardson said.

She is expecting the meeting to be well attended.

"It's going to be a beautiful day. We really lucked out with the weather," she said.

"Last year it was 45 degrees in the shade."

Richardson said there would be plenty of fun for the family.

"There will be live music and plenty of children's activities," she said.

"The Wimmera Youth Bus will be here and Kelly Sports will be running supervised sporting activities.

"There will also be meals in the dining room."

Racegoers have been invited to dress to impress for fashions on the field competitions.

The lady of the day will take home a prize from Angove Family Winemakers.

The category will be judged after race four.

The under-12 competition, sponsored by Naracoorte Caves, will take place after race one.

The winner of the 13 to 18 category will claim a prize from Horsham Lanes and Games, which will be announced after race two.

Richardson said there were still tickets available for an all-inclusive marquee.

She said tickets cost $100 and were available at www.countryracing.com.au or at the gate.

"Tickets have sold really well but there are still a few available," she said.

"Tickets include entry, a racebook, a five-hour food and drink package and an outstanding view of the track."

Richardson said racegoers could make the most of a courtesy bus.

The bus will travel to the racecourse from Lake Wallace Hotel via Edenhope Lakeside Tourist Park from noon.

People will be dropped off at the hotel or Edenhope Football Club after the event.

"We're going to have a bucket on the bus if anyone wants to make a gold coin donation," Richardson said.

"The money raised will go to the hospital."

General admission is $15 and gates open at 11am.

The first race will jump at 12.57pm, with the Edenhope Cup to be run at 4.52pm.

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