Challenge is set
BETTING on the feature race of this afternoon’s The Gympie Times Champagne and Roses Race Day is likely to give punters a headache.
Gympie racing commentator Barry Fitzhenry said four horses stood out as clear challengers for honours.
“The clash of four top sprinters should provide for racing fireworks this afternoon,” he said.
Try Some Magic, Nutuzzi, Frenardi and The Hand are all starters attracting attention ahead of the feature race, The Gympie Times Champagne and Roses Open, over 1170m.
The Peter Fleming-trained Try Some Magic deserves the prestige of being flagged a favourite, with an imposing record on the Gympie sand track this year.
Try Some Magic’s last outing in Gympie produced a very stylish victory in the 1600m Nolan Meats Muster Cup.
Fitzhenry said the galloper would be challenged.
“He has been given 1.5 kilograms more than in last month’s Muster Cup,” he said.
Nutuzzi, Frenardi and The Hands are rivals to Try Some Magic’s bid for glory and a close finish is likely.
While attention will fall on the track for the five race program, plenty of eyes will be on Gympie ladies stepping out in their racing attire.
Admission is free for ladies, who receive a glass of champagne upon arrival.
A red rose will also be presented to the first 300.
Gates open at 11am ahead of the first race at 1pm.