Pakenham Racing Club will host an exciting and rejuvenated Pakenham Cup day, with the bumper addition of the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion, ensuring that their stand-alone Saturday race meeting will be a great event, taking the total available prizemoney on the day, to over $1 million dollars.

Making the most of the feature regional raceday, the club’s

chief executive Michael Hodge said they were expecting a crowd of 10,000 to attend this year’s Pakenham Cup, which was a great result, showing that country racing is most definitely alive and well.

A strong number of 117 acceptances have been declared across the nine races, with 13 runners accepting for the Listed Pakenham Cup to be run over 2500 metres.

In the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion over 140

0 metres, Turnitaround and Tarquin have 15 or more ratings points in hand on the next highest-rated galloper in the field which has drawn 13 acceptors.

In the $300,000 Pakenham Cup, Godolphin galloper Tally and Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s former import Dal Harrail are the top-rated horses and both will carry the 60kg topweight.

Kiwia, Lord Fandango, Runaway and Wall Of Fire are the other horses in the 2500 metres staying test which boast ratings of more than 100.

At the Thoroughbred Breeders awards on Thursday night, guests were lucky to be joined by Dayne Barry who is an aspiring race caller and Darren Weir’s 16 year old nephew. His already impressive resume has the calling of the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat and on Thursday night, he did a phantom call of the VOBIS Gold Bullion ahead of Saturday’s card. To watch the video, head to our twitter page!

The nine-race programme commences at 12.55pm with the final event to be run at 5.55pm.

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