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    Wetakemanhattan, number 3, ridden by Jordan Childs, survived a protest from second placed Barry The Baptist to win the 2019 Horsham Cup.

Horses to jump in televised Horsham Cup

Horsham Racing Club president Jason Merlo has encouraged Wimmera racing fans to closely follow a Millers Horsham Cup program on Sunday despite restrictions preventing the general public from attending.

Mr Merlo said the race meeting was an iconic part of sporting culture in Horsham and the broader region and as part of the state’s spring racing carnival was generating considerable interest.

“While we’re disappointed we can’t welcome everyone to the Horsham track, apart from some registered owners, what we can guarantee is high-quality racing that will be televised around the country,” he said.

“It’s important that our cup meeting is going ahead regardless of COVID-19 restrictions. It holds a strong place in the heart of many racing fans and while the general public won’t be able to see the action live, there will be plenty of drama unfolding on the screen.

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“The Horsham Cup generates considerable sporting discussion across the Wimmera and beyond and in that regards this year is no different. 

“It is high-level sport occurring in our own back yard and we’re proud to be able to continue to present the meeting this year.”

Mr Merlo said apart from an eight-race program, the meeting would also feature a guest gallop from Wimmera Melbourne Cup entry Surprise Baby.

“As a club we are in for a $50,000 Melbourne Cup barrier-draw prize and if we win, that money will go to Wimmera Health Care Group as our nominated charity,” he said.

The Melbourne Cup will also visit Horsham as part of a regional tour.

The cup will head out to Murra Warra Wind Farm for a photo shoot and also visit Horsham West Primary School and Wimmera Base Hospital. It will also be at the Horsham track for Sunday’s meeting.

The cup will arrive in Horsham after stopping off at Great Western. It will be available for public viewing on the lawns at Seppelt Wines from 2pm to 4pm on Friday.

Great Western Fire Brigade is also in the running for the $50,000 barrier-draw prize as part of the cup tour.

Mr Merlo reminded punters that $60,000 in prizemoney was up for grabs in the Miller’s Horsham Cup race and also a $100,000 prize pool in another race as part of heat four of the Melbourne Cup carnival. 

“And looking at the nominations, there are some pretty strong fields. Racing is going to be red-hot,” he said.

Mr Merlo said the Horsham club was hoping the industry, with the rest of the state, continued to emerge from restrictions so people could get back to enjoying regional race meetings.

“We’re hoping we will be able to open the gates for spectators for the popular Santa Day Races in December,” he said.

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