It’s Saddle up Sunday in Gunnedah

Gunnedah Jockey Club President Mal Walsh, Pryde’s EasiFeed plant manager Grant Boal, jockey club secretary Donna O’Connell with the 2013 Gunnedah Pryde’s EasiFeed Sky Gold Cup and Pryde’s EasiFeed owner Peter Pryde.Sunday racing will return to Gunnedah this weekend for the $25, 000 Pryde’s EasiFeed Sky Gold Cup, to be run in conjunction with Racing NSW’s Saddle Up Sunday promotion.

There is plenty on offer for race-goers with fashions on the field, a Mother’s Day luncheon and of course the action on the track.

Gunnedah Jockey Club President Mal Walsh said the Sunday meet was a great coup for country racing in the North West.

“The Saddle up Sundays are being heavily promoted and we’ll have some delegates from Racing NSW out there to help push that,” Walsh said.

“We’re setting up a VIP tent and inviting all the sponsors to come and meet the delegates.

“We’ve got a few special guests coming, we hope one will be a pretty big name jockey.

“He had a fall in Hong Kong recently but I was speaking to him a couple of weeks ago and he’s pretty keen on coming up.”

Another big name tipped to be a hot ticket on Sunday is Tamworth horse, Prussian Secret.

The in-form thoroughbred dubbed “king of country cups” is looking for more success after winning the $65,000 Tamworth Cup in April.

“He won in Tamworth, he won the cup out here in 2011, he came back and won the major sprint last year and this year he’s coming again, so it could be a bit of history in the making,” Walsh said.

“We’re expecting a pretty good race this year.”

Also showing good form is local three-year-old filly Red Caviar, which could also be a good prospect come racing on Sunday.

“There’s a trainer out there Gavin Groth and he’s got a horse Red Caviar which is going really well,” Walsh said.

“George Witts and his wife own it and it won over in Tamworth recently at their cup meeting and looks like it has got a bit of potential.”

Walsh said the Gunnedah venue is a popular location for visiting trainers.

“We get a lot of support from the trainers in the area, they love the set up out at the track in Gunnedah,” he said.

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