Cup in the running for a big day

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Feb-2018

Manhattan Menage, trainer Danny Curran, Bendigo Jockey Club CEO Aaron Hearps and Marong Racing Club’s Stuart Smith.

THE ever popular Marong Cup race day is on again, with family-friendly fun and top racing action set to hit the Bendigo Jockey Club on Saturday.

The annual race day raises money for local catholic primary schools, with in excess of $500,000 distributed to local schools in the last 12 years.

Along with the seven-race card on the track, children’s rides and entertainment will be in full swing off of it.

The feature race of the day is the $25,000 Bendigo Ford-backed Marong Cup, which has attracted the traditional huge numbers of nominations.

The field of more than 20 nominations will be whittled back to a handful, with local trainer Danny Curran’s Manhattan Menage one of the many hoping for a start.

The St Arnaud Cup-winning gelding ran in jump outs on Tuesday, with connections confident of a good showing if it makes the final field.

Marong Racing Club President Stuart Smith expressed his appreciation to the Victorian government, which has backed the event to the tune of $15,000 through the Victorian Raceday Industry Fund.

“For many years this day has provided the local community with an outstanding family event whilst also directly contributing over $500,000 to local schools over the last 12 years,” he said.

“The funding afforded to us will help us to build this event and consequently grow the returns we provide to the local community.”

Gates open at 11am with general admission $15 for adults and $10 for eligible concession patrons. Children 16 years and under are admitted free, with all-day access to rides just $10 per child.


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