HAMILTON Harness Racing Club officials hope more than 2000 people will pack the Ballarat Road course for their showcase event.
Twelve horses will chase a share of $25,000 prizemoney when the 2660-metre cup goes ahead at 7.47pm tomorrow.
Club secretary Francis Pekin said 2000 had become the “benchmark” figure for the event, which had benefited from an upgraded 1000-metre track installed three years ago.
“We hope that it’ll be bigger and better than last year,” he said.
“The weather is going to be great, we’ve got some great prizes and activities happening.
“Hamilton Harness Racing Club sees itself in the entertainment industry, we’re about ensuring families and others can go somewhere and have a day out.
“We’ve put the program together that we have — the harness racing side of it we’ve got some good fields and good-quality horses.
“But we have other activities like the club sulky race, pony trots, mobile zoo, fashions on the field, punters’ club, we’ll have some live music there.”
The Geoff Webster-trained Washmepockets, driven by Emmett Brosnan, looms as the horse to beat in the cup.
The six-year-old gelding has placed third at four of its last five starts, including a fast-finishing effort in the $25,000 Cobram Pacing Cup on December 27 after missing the start.
Savesomtimetodream, trained by Paul Rowse at Ross Creek, also has strong claims on the back of three wins and a second in a month last spring.
The five-year-old gelding, driven by Jodi Quinlan, is resuming after a two-and-a-half-month spell.
Other features at the eight-race meeting include the $5000 Border Cup final, the heats of which were held at Mount Gambier on January 8.