SOUTHERN District Racing Association (SDRA) will have their strongest representation in the Wagga Gold Cup in more than a decade on Friday.
The field for the $140,000 listed Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) was released on Tuesday morning and five horses trained in the district made the cut.
It is SDRA’s strongest representation in the Wagga Gold Cup final field since 2001 and could grow if any of the three emergencies are able to gain a start.
Wagga trainer Tim Donnelly will be represented by Devised and Jo Jo Girl, while Brett Cavanough has Price Of Glory in the race for a third consecutive year.
Tumut trainer Kerry Weir has Corowa Cup winner Sand Dune, while Wagga counterpart Scott Spackman secured the last spot in the field of 16 with Yet Tobe Convinced.
Spackman was elated at sneaking the mare into the field for the big race.
“I’m over the moon,” Spackman said.
“This is what we were aiming for after the championships, this is her next step.
“I know it’s not going to be easy but we’re in it.”
The three emergencies are all from Wagga.
Wayne Carroll has Heysen as first emergency and he confirmed on Tuesday that the horse will start in the feature race should there be a scratching.
Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland has the second and third emergencies in The Boondock Saint and Mr Sommerville.
While there is a strong Riverina flavour, the big names are there to compliment them.
Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller will have a two-pronged attack on the Gold Cup with last year's winner Trade Commissioner and Our Voodoo Prince set to run.
Peter and Paul Snowden have the favourite Gypsy Diamond, while Albury Gold Cup winner Kourkam is also there for Tony McEvoy.
Murrumbidgee Turf Club president Stuart Lamont could not be happier with the Cup field.
“The Cup field I think is really even,” Lamont said.
“It will be interesting to see what the market comes up with Waller, Snowden and McEvoy.
“I just think they’re all good horses and it’s a well balanced field, it’s great for the locals to get an opportunity to start as well.”