THE action on the track at Benalla this Friday is set to sizzle.
The nine-race card will be full of quality country racing – and there’ll even be a star attraction between races.
Vega Magic will have a gallop on the track between races as it continues its preparations for the landmark Everest race in Sydney, worth a cool $10 million.
Even the longest journey begins with the smallest step, and Vega Magic will take one at Benalla on Friday.
Lindsay Park will also have Kiwi mare Fanatic aimed at the day’s feature race, the $100,000 bet365 Benalla Gold Cup.
The cup race returns to its traditional 2046m distance, which should suit the mare.
While the cup will be the most lucrative race on the card, it will have a close rival in the Weary Dunlop Handicap.
The 1206m sprint is worth $50,000 and also carries a $20,000 VOBIS Gold bonus for an eligible winner.
There is also a Super VOBIS 3YO maiden plate on the card which carries a $12,000 bonus for an eligible winner.
With another pair of $40,000 races on the card, it makes for a lucrative day’s racing.
Benalla Racing Club manager Cam Symes said there would be more than $350,000 in prize money on cup day – and that doesn’t include VOBIS bonus money.
“We’re anticipating a terrific day of racing,” Symes said.
“We saw the quality of horses that entered our rescheduled cup back in March, and that was run for half the prize money on offer here.
“We’re looking forward to seeing a strong Lindsay Park team in action, and hopefully a few local trainers can grab a few wins earlier in the day.
“We’re also hoping a few of the other larger stables, such as the Darren Weir team, will find a runner for our cup race.”
Symes said the likes of Wayne Nichols, Bryan Maher, Peter Bergun and “Tal” Nolan would be the locals most likely to nab a cup day winner.
The first of the nine races is scheduled to jump at 12.25pm and the last at 5.10pm.