AS the third Central Districts race meeting in the space of five days, Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing manager Michelle Tarpenning was not sure how well her club’s Monday program would be supported.
But on Thursday morning when the nominations for the seven-race meeting on Monday were released, Tarpenning liked what she saw.
In total the meeting attracted 63 nominations, with the 1,400 metres maiden only two short of capacity.
“With Dubbo racing today [Thursday] and Orange on Saturday – and we are all drawing from the same pool of horses – I was very happy with that result,” she said.
“We’ll probably have a few come out, but I felt it was quite good given the other racing in the area.
“We always get good support from our home crew, Dean [Mirfin] and Pete [Stanley] have got quite a few nominated, which is good to see.”
Both Mirfin (Key Master) and Stanley (Dungannon) are set to have hopefuls square off in the Class 2 Plate (1,400m) while the Bathurst trainers will also have maiden runners go head-to-head.
As for the track, which staged an eight-race Country Showcase meeting on Sunday, will again be in good condition come Monday.
“It’s looking really good, I think it’s a Soft 5 at the moment because we’ve been irrigating it after our big showcase meeting. It’s been rolled and patched and looking good, we are very fortunate with the state of our track given all the warm weather we’ve been having,” Tarpenning said.
First race Monday is 2.05pm.