Sam Turner eyes back-to-back Apsley Cups

BORDERTOWN trainer Sam Turner will attempt to claim back-to-back Apsley Cups with Sandhill Chief on Saturday.

The six-year-old gelding saluted in the Edenhope Cup a fortnight ago and stands a strong chance of capturing a second cup on the same track.

Apsley Racing Club will host the 159th running of the Aspley Cup at Edenhope Racecourse.

Among the other contenders for the $20,000 feature over 1850 metres is Darryl Dodson's Texan Warney.

The three-time Horsham Cup winner has been around the mark of late but is chasing a breakthrough win.

The eight-year-old gelding has drawn barrier one and will be ridden by Dean Holland.

He will carry at least four kilograms more than the rest of the field after Sandhill Chief hoop Lily Coombe's three-kilogram claim.

Naracoorte trainer Sue Jaensch will hope Tonto's Pride can bounce back after a disappointing run in the Edenhope Cup.

The six-year-old will be out to claim his third country cup after saluting in this year's Naracoorte and Penola features. Apsley Racing Club president Sue Close said the club was thrilled with the acceptances for both the cup and the overall meeting.

"We've had 83 acceptances for the eight races," she said.

Mrs Close said the Edenhope committee had done an outstanding job preparing the course.

"It's looking incredible ," she said.

"It's also the first time we've had TAB status for a number of years.

"We were really disappointed when it was taken away, so we're thrilled to have it reinstated."

Mrs Close said there would also be plenty of entertainment off the track, including a jumping castle, a clown and face-painting for children.

She said a fashions on the field competition was always popular and attracted high quality entrants. This year's theme is black and white.

Race-goers can also enjoy an after-party at the racecourse featuring popular Hamilton band Buddah in a Chocolate Box.

Mrs Close said people could search Apsley Racing Club on Facebook for more information about the day, including a free bus service from Edenhope, Apsley, Frances and Naracoorte.

Gates open at 11am.

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