A return to glory is the goal for this year's Orange Gold Cup after COVID wreaked havoc with the 2020 event.
Racing Orange was unable to allow fans into Towac Park for its premier event last year due to the pandemic.
Now with sport getting back into the full swing of things, the club's general manager Bree McMinn is excited to see what their final meet of the season has to offer.
"It certainly beats last year because we weren't able to have a crowd at all at the last Gold Cup," she said.
"So it's great to be able to have a crowd back again. Obviously if we get some good weather it's a fantastic day out in the sun watching the horses go round.
"We've had really good online ticket sales and a lot of hospitality packages have been sold. Obviously being in the middle of Food Week it is attracting a lot of people from around the state, Sydney in particularly."
But the action on the racecourse is just some of the entertainment that will be on offer for punters on Friday, April 16.
The return of crowds also means the return of fashions on the field and this year there is most certainly a prize worth getting.
"It's best dressed lady and best dressed gentleman once again," Ms McMinn added.
"For the ladies, on offer is a diamond horseshoe necklace valued at around $800, so some fantastic prizes.
"We've got some live music with Nocturnal Duo and Five O'Clock Shadow so it should be a great day out.
"Gates open at midday and we also have a courtesy bus running from the Visitor Information Centre from then so it will just do repeat trips out to the track."
The Gold Cup is the richest race of the season in Orange, with $75,000 up for grabs in the Spanline Orange Gold Cup (2100 metres), while the total prize pool for the day will be around $340,000.
But before any of that takes place, there will be a special event the night before.
From 6.30pm on Thursday and the Parkview Hotel, a Calcutta cup will be held. For those who don't know, a Calcutta is the same as a sweep except at the completion of the draw there is an auction in which all ticket purchasers can bid for each participant.
A big fish has been bagged as well for the night, with Dave Stanley from the Big Sports Breakfast to broadcast the event live.
Ms McMinn says it "should be a really good night."
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