Georgie Harris and Legazpi are ready for this weekend’s Muster Cup Day.
Georgie Harris and Legazpi are ready for this weekend’s Muster Cup Day. Renee Pilcher

Big guns out for 2014 Nolan Muster Cup

LEADING horse trainers will descend on the Gympie Turf Club on Saturday for the 2014 Nolan Muster Cup.

The prestigious 1600m race will feature a high-class field as the thoroughbreds step on to the newly upgraded track and battle for $20,000.

Turf club president Spencer Slatter said there were 84 horses nominated for the six-race program, which carries $61,000 in prize money.

"We have excellent nominations, more than I've seen in many years," he said.

High-profile trainers with starters include Brisbane-based Pat Duff and Natalie McCall, the first female to train a Stradbroke Handicap winner.

Gympie trainers such as Kerry Munce will be well represented.

Mr Munce has nominated three horses and says the competition will be strong.

"It will be a tough race. There are some good horses and my horses will know they're in a race," he said.

Race day starts at 11am, with the first race at 12.45pm.

Before the Muster Cup there will be plenty of other excitement to fill the day and it isn't all horse related.

Fashion on the field

THE popular fashions on the field heads the usual entertainment at this year's Muster Cup.

There will be a free jumping castle for the kids and the Bundy Rum girls will offer rum tasting and free entry into a $500 giveaway.

Prize money is not just for the trainers because racegoers will have the opportunity to win the My Private Selection $1000 bet to invest on the Muster Cup.

The competition is sponsored by Nolans, bookmakers and the turf club.

Entry forms can be collected at the gates but the winner must use the prize as a win bet on a Muster Cup runner.

Special guests will also be among the crowd and include celebrity chef Matt Golinski, 2013 My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph Mulheron, former rugby league footballer Chris Johns and ABC Landline executive producer Peter Lewis.

The race after-party will keep the fun going, with the Radford James Band performing from 5pm, sponsored by the Gympie Music Muster.

Mr Slatter said the Muster Cup was the biggest day on the club's calendar and always attracted a large crowd.

"There will be something for everyone," he said.

"It's always a great, happy atmosphere."

Admission for adults is $10, $5 for pensioners and children.

WINNERS

Battle at Sea, 2007, 2008

Nevada Gambler, 2009

Try Some Magic, 2010

Harney, 2011

Thegreatandthegood, 2012

Harney, 2013

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