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Perfect weather for St Pat's Races in Broken Hill

Eugene Boisvert, Friday March 15, 2013 - 09:39 EDT

Preparations are underway for the St Pat's Races in Broken Hill tomorrow.

70 horses have been accepted for the eight races.

11 horses have been nominated for the main race, the $45,000 Outback Cup.

Racing steward Trevor Odgers says the sand-based track is in perfect condition.

"Absolutely brilliant," he said.

"It's lovely. They graded it about a fortnight ago, shifted the sand around and they've been watering it and running the mesh over it every day so I think the track will be in first-class condition."

Adelaide trainer Paula Trenwith says her horse, Saint Ives, is a good chance for the Outback Cup.

The 7 year-old gelding came second in the cup last year and third at Broken Hill's Silver City Cup last year.

Ms Trenwith says Saint Ives is familiar with the sand-based track.

"He's got no problems on the dirt whatsoever," she said.

"He's had a few runs at Port Augusta.

"He won at Port Augusta during their season as well so yeah he's a pretty tough horse and we can't wait until we're there."

But Ms Trenwith says her pick for the cup is Ebony Rock - a horse which has won more than $200,000 in prize money and carries the top weight.

"He's the class horse of the act and the one to beat for sure," she said.

"Bertucci - Lloyd Kennewell - the Kennewells always come up and support the meeting as well, and Bertucci he's a classy horse as well and you can never ever dismiss a Kennewell horse racing at Broken Hill."

The weather is expected to be a boon for the fashions on the field.

Fashion coordinator Dana Farcich says women will not have to worry about overheating in the forecast top of 29 degrees.

"They will be able to wear their little jackets and gloves and their hats - we all need a hat at the racecourse," she said.

"It does make everyone a lot more comfortable when the weather is better."


© ABC 2013

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