Saturday meet for Mt Barker Cup

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Barzhino wins the 2018 Mt Barker Cup, this year’s race will be held in April.
Camera IconBarzhino wins the 2018 Mt Barker Cup, this year’s race will be held in April. Credit: Laurie Benson

Mt Barker Turf Club will hold their Mt Barker Cup on Saturday, April 6, after coming to a decision with Racing and Wagering WA last week on a timeslot for the annual staying feature.

The Mt Barker Cup was originally set down for Sunday, March 17 but with the abandonment of their January 20 meeting due to extreme heat that date will now host the popular Grapes and Gallops meeting.

Instead of running the Mt Barker Cup on the same day as the $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint, MBTC and RWWA have decided on a Saturday fixture to hold the 2019 edition of the long-running country cup.

The Saturday meet will be run on the same day as a metropolitan meeting at Ascot featuring the Group 2 $500,000 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) for two-year-olds and the listed $100,000 Old Comrade Stakes (1600m).

The switch allows Mt Barker to regain a full meeting, which was transferred to Albany after the heat issue, and run their two major feature races on separate days.

MBTC president Stephen Carter said all parties were happy with the new date and he thanked RWWA for their assistance.

“Our club appreciates the support from RWWA,” he said.

“We are also very thankful to the Mt Barker draft camp group for allowing us to use the venue (on April 6) as they had already pre-booked it.

“We are not worried about (running the same day as Ascot), it couldn’t be run on any other day and we’ve gone past our normal season to run it. The Grapes and Gallops should be a huge day as usual and the cup can now still be standalone.”

Carter also confirmed the track issues that forced a different January meeting this season to be moved to Albany were now well behind them.

Mt Barker’s next meeting is not until Friday, February 22.

Meanwhile Albany Racing Club will host an eight-race card this afternoon with top local trainers Steve Wolfe and Roy Rogers look set to resume their intriguing battle in trainers’ premiership standings.

Leading metropolitan trainer Adam Durrant has two maiden gallopers entered as well, adding spice to the early part of the program.

After teaming up with team Wolfe to win on My Greek Boy last week, hoop Daniel Staeck will partner Red Ora when he resumes in Saturday’s listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m).

Last year’s Mungrup Stud Sprint winner was nominated for the same race before it was postponed due to extreme heat.

Rogers has in-form galloper Captain Stirling entered to race over 1000m at Ascot on Saturday with Staeck aboard as he chases a fourth straight win.

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