BATHURST Paceway will be hosting one of the season's biggest days of racing numbers-wise during this Sunday's Bathurst Rugby League meeting.
Outside the feature Group 10 Rugby League Cup (2,260 metres), all 10 races boast 12 or 13-horse fields during a day celebrating Bathurst's exceptional football season across senior grades.
The eight runners assembled for the $8,480 main event are a collection of consistent country runners, including the likes of Steve Turnbull's promising import Coolie Kid and Bernie Hewitt's Group 2 placegetter Make Mine Heaven.
Drivers in the feature will add to the rugby league flavour of the day by wearing jerseys belonging to Group 10 premier league clubs.
The meeting will act as a season launch for Bathurst's Group 10 clubs Panthers and St Pat's.
Bathurst Harness Racing Club CEO Danny Dwyer said Sunday's racing is one pacing fans should throw their support behind.
"Probably outside of the Gold Crown, in terms of nominations, it's probably one of the biggest days of racing we've had here," he said.
"Ten races with pretty much full fields says a lot for Sunday racing and the opportunity it gives for horses to come from outside the area and makes it a bit easier to travel.
"We're looking forward to a really great day. It should be a good chance to celebrate the victories for our local teams."
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Turnbull (Coolie Kid, Bradness Eldefuego and Sabrage) and Hewitt (Make Mine Heaven and Royal Story) train more than half the field in the cup.
Coolie Kid arrived on the Australian scene with a bang by winning his first five starts in the country before running into trouble at Menangle. He'll start from gate two.
On his direct outside sits Make Mine Heaven. The Rock N Roll Heaven mare finds herself in less testing company than her first up run for eighth at Menangle a week ago.
Bradness Eldefuego could spoil the party for his stablemate. His win last start at Parkes was encouraging but this is a tough field for him to take on.
One horse many will be watching with interest is Barry Lew's former Gold Crown runner-up Karloo Damajor.
The veteran Art Major gelding spent 15 months away from the track before making a winning return on his home Dubbo track in January.
Alabama Ace (Rodney Lemon) and Izzy Watt (Gemma Rue) are the other contenders in a strong cup field.
Racing starts 2.45pm.