West Wimmera Shire Edenhope Cup gears up

ON THE LINE: The West Wimmera Shire Edenhope Cup returns to Edenhope on Saturday.

ON THE LINE: The West Wimmera Shire Edenhope Cup returns to Edenhope on Saturday.

THE Edenhope Racing Club is gearing up for a huge day of action as it hosts the West Wimmera Shire Edenhope Cup on Saturday.

Edenhope Racing Club manager Lisa Inkster said preparations for the big day were coming along extremely well, with the track in great condition. 

“Preparations are going beautifully,” she said.

“We’ve had hoses going at the track for months now so the track is very much an oasis out there at the minute.”

Ms Inkster said the committee had been working hard to make the event as good as it can be.

“The committee has worked tirelessly to put the event together and need to be thanked,” she said.

“Basically the whole region stops and comes to the races for the day, which is fantastic.”

The racing on the day will be of a high standard, Ms Inkster said.

“We are delighted with the actual horses that are running in the cup,” she said.

“A lot of high profile Victorian trainers are coming to Edenhope, so we are very happy to have their support for this event.”

A field of 14 horses will be competing for a share in the $30,000 prize money and for the cup victory. 

Trainers such as Darren Weir, Paul Preusker and Terry and Karina O’Sullivan all have horses competing in the cup. 

There will also be international suitors, with horses from New Zealand and Ireland taking part in the cup.

Along with the racing, there will be plenty of action track-side throughout the course of the day.

“There are heaps of activities for the children to do on the day,” Ms Inkster said.

“We have Kelly Sports organising some activities and there will also be jumping castles. There will be some fantastic activities there. There will also be plenty of food vendors on course.”

The day will also see the obligatory fashions on the field competition take place. 

The club has organised busses operating throughout the Wimmera to transport patrons to the event. 

Busses will run from Naracoorte, Mt Gambier and Hamilton to the track. 

A bus from Warracknabeal will also be picking up racegoers from Horsham on its way to Edenhope. 

Gates will open at 11am with racing expected to start from 1.06pm.

All eyes will be on the West Wimmera Shire Cup, which is scheduled to run at 4.55pm.