Three big last start winners, one nominated for the $35,000 Akubra Kempsey Cup this Friday, should add plenty of interest with richer races as targets.
They are five-year-old Port Macquarie mare Mina Harker, a Sydney Highway winner for trainer Marc Quinn, seven-year-old Wauchope gelding Allzin which scored for trainer Graeme Hoy at Newcastle on Saturday and five-year-old gelding O’Driscoll from the Port stable of Tas Morton.
O’Driscoll notched its fourth win on its home track on October 28 and could be eyeing the Kempsey Cup over 1450m.
All trainers are considering their options although nothing is set in concrete.
Another bumper crowd is expected trackside at Kempsey for the eight-race card, last year’s cup drawing a record or near-record crowd.
Taree trainer Ross Dawson won last year’s cup with Lippy And Pearls, Quinn’s Explosive Scene running second, whereas in 2016 the cup was won by Taree owned Cash Spinner.
Kempsey residents like nothing better than being trackside for their big social event of the season and take it serious with dressing up and organising family and business parties.
The track is in splendid order grass-wise and should provide plenty of close-finish action.
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