Full fields are present in most of today's races, which is highlighted by a $35,000 stayers final.GEORDIE COWAN August 18, 2014 3:27am
The $35,000 Murray Mallee Winter Stayers Final is the highlight of today’s gallops nine-race meeting at Echuca Racing Club.
Echuca trainers Daryl Archard and the combined stable of Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin both have runners in the feature race, with Vivacious Miss and Cisco Delago respectively.
‘‘Winter racing comes to an end with the final of the stayers and it’s good to see we’ve got a couple of locals go round in that,’’ ERC chief executive Alex Doble said.
‘‘It is really strong prize money for a Monday meeting.’’
Echuca trainer Gwenda Johnstone has three horses running today and she will be looking for her good form to continue after picking up a double at Swan Hill last Monday, when Thebarwonprince and Lika Shadow both saluted.
‘‘She’s hit a bit of a purple patch, so it would be good for that run to continue,’’ Doble said.
‘‘It’s always good to see the locals out on the track.’’
Doble said the track had passed its biggest test of the winter months and had shown how well it had been managed.
‘‘It is in fantastic order and ... barring weather, it will probably kick off as a dead four and possibly even upgrade to a good three,’’ he said.
‘‘The track is in fine order and every horse will get a fair opportunity tomorrow.’’
The end of today’s meet signals the start of a pretty busy spring for the club, with a meet on September 13 followed by a poster race meeting for Brownlow Medal night, when the club will have David Rhys-Jones as the guest of honour.
‘‘Then all our focus turns to Melbourne Cup,’’ Doble said.
The horses will first head out of the stalls at 12.05pm, with the last race at 4.45pm.
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