SPECTATORS could be treated to full fields at Tuesday’s Racing Orange Melbourne Cup Day meeting.
Over 70 nominations came in yesterday for the five-race non-TAB meeting to be held at Towac Park.
“Considering the amount of race meetings on that day around NSW, that’s fantastic,” Racing Orange executive officer Daniel Brincat said.
“It was a little bit of a surprise. It’s hard to gauge on Melbourne Cup day. Historically, we have had strong fields, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.”
There are 16 meetings to be held throughout NSW on Tuesday, including one in Dubbo.
There’s a possibility all of Orange’s races will boast a full field of eight runners, the maximum number allowed by Racing NSW on Melbourne Cup day.
The Southern Cross Austereo Benchmark 50 Handicap (2100m) received the smallest number of nominations with nine.
The Millamolong Polo Club Maiden Palte (1300m) received 19 nominations, one more than the John Davis Motors Class 2 Plate (1000m).
The Danielle Louse Benchmark 45 Handicap (1400m) attracted 16 nominations and the MAC Hire Maiden Plate (1000m) brought in 12.
“That would be a huge achievement to get full fields on Melbourne Cup day. That’s something you don’t expect,” Brincat said.
Orange trainers are supporting the event, with Peter Stanley, Alison Smith, Sylvia Szabo, Lee Van Den Bos and Don Oakley all nominating starters.
Weights will be declared by 4pm today and acceptances are to be in by 9am tomorrow.
Gates will open at 11.30am and the first race is expected to jump at 12.30pm.
Free buses are being provided and will leave the Hotel Canobolas at 11.30am, 12pm and 12.30pm and will shuttle spectators back in to town at 4.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm.