Racing Orange nominations healthy again

RACING Orange interim chief executive officer Daniel Brincat is starting to see a trend.

For the fourth meet in a row the club has been inundated with nominations.

Racing Orange received 96 nominations ahead of this Friday’s race meeting at Towac Park, to fill a bumper seven-race program.

Brincat said the continued support from trainers, local and metropolitan, has put Racing Orange back on the map.

“Christmas time is generally the busiest time of year for the racing industry,” Brincat said.

“It’s very encouraging to continually get this kind of support. We’ve got the usual spread of local, country and metro trainers nominate.”

Brincat highlighted race one, the $15,000 Pinnacle Drilling Open Handicap (1000 metres), as being a particularly strong field.

“It’s a good field in general,” he said.

“The open race only has seven nominees at the moment, and is most definitely the strongest looking line up.”

Brincat said he is hoping 80 per cent of nominees would accept.

“We pride ourselves on our nomination-to-acceptance ratio,” he said.

“Normally we have around 80 per cent race, and we’re expecting as much again for Friday.”

Brincat said the recent consistency in numbers was due to a number of factors, but highlighted the efforts of the Racing Orange committee.

“This resurgence hasn’t happened without hard work,” he explained.

“We pretty much annoy the trainers with our email campaign to make sure they know when Orange is racing, and how many races we’re having, everything. Trainers are pretty much getting daily emails to let them know.

The acceptances will be confirmed on Wednesday.

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