Gallops off and racing at Towac Park on Monday

Strong nominations for Monday’s Racing Orange TAB meeting look set to ensure the spring racing season kicks off in style at Towac Park.

HOPE: Anthony Cavallo piloted Absolute Ripper to another win last season. Photo: HAWKESBURY RACE CLUB

HOPE: Anthony Cavallo piloted Absolute Ripper to another win last season. Photo: HAWKESBURY RACE CLUB

A bumper 140 nominations were taken on Tuesday morning across the eight races on offer on Monday, which will be the club’s first meeting of the new season after swapping a meet with the Dubbo Turf Club on September 29.

The club will now have two race meetings in December as a result – one on Tuesday, December 12, and the other on Saturday, December 30.

For Monday’s meeting, last year’s Towac Park-based Country Championship hopeful Absolute Ripper will run in her second start after a spell.

Ripper is coming off a sixth at Canterbury in her first start back since a 26-week spell after running in the Western District Country Championship qualifier at Wellington in March this year.

Panuara, another out of the Smith stables, was a winner at Wellington last month, edging home a good field over the short 900m sprint from barrier one.

The five-year-old bay gelding has had just three starts, the victory at Wellington in just his second jump.

He’s in line to run in the 1000m Class 1 Handicap at Towac Park.

Michael Plummer has also nominated a host of his stable for Monday’s event, but their inclusions will depend on acceptances for Forbes’ meeting on Saturday, where the likes of Billesse, Hoffa Express and Danish Design, a mare looking to break her maiden, are waiting weights.

Plummer’s Bathurstian, a nine-year-old veteran formerly in the Paul Thoebold stable, and Ephriam are also nominated for Orange.

Sonja Sharpe’s Sass’n’twinkle has nominated for a maiden.

“Really good numbers, we’ve got some good horses nominated,” Racing Orange executive officer Bree McMinn said.

On top of that, some of Orange’s best gallopers have been nominated, which is pleasing for the likes of McMinn and her team at Racing Orange.

“It’s fantastic. We always like to have our local trainers represented,” she added.

“We’re working hard to improve the facilities so we can build on those numbers as well.