Gympie jockey Desiree Gill with Nevada Gambler ahead of today’s 2010 Nolan Meats Muster Cup at the Gympie racecourse. Nevada Gambler, to be ridden by Cassie Priest, is hoping to make it two Muster Cup wins in a row after taking out the race last year.
Gympie jockey Desiree Gill with Nevada Gambler ahead of today’s 2010 Nolan Meats Muster Cup at the Gympie racecourse. Nevada Gambler, to be ridden by Cassie Priest, is hoping to make it two Muster Cup wins in a row after taking out the race last year. Renee Pilcher

Muster Cup to kick off

MUSTER fever will be in plentiful supply at the Gympie racecourse today for the 2010 Nolan Meats Muster Cup.

Quality fields have been attracted for the five race program and among those eying off the prize money on offer is Gympie trainer Barry Gill.

Gill has Nevada Gambler entered for the feature race of the day – the $15,000 Nolan Meats Muster Cup.

Nevada Gambler won the Muster Cup last year, improving on a third place in the event back in 2008.

Claiming the Muster Cup last year, Nevada Gambler defeated Telfire and Jedi Starfighter in a rousing display of power and determination.

Heading into this year’s Muster Cup, Nevada Gambler has raced sporadically since resuming from a spell in April.

The lack of time on the track, however, has not hurt Nevada Gambler’s ability to notch a win – most recently lifting the Gayndah Cup in July.

But the win was followed by a dip in form in July during the Bundaberg Cup, which saw the nine-year-old finish well back in the field.

Nevada Gambler has amassed over $190,000 in prize money from 16 wins and 17 placings and even the most discerning punter will struggle to overlook the horse.

Gympie racing commentator Barry Fitzhenry said the field lining up for the headline race of the day would be tested in the battle for spoils.

“The strongest field ever for the Muster Cup will assemble at the 1600m starting point,” he said.

“The field comprises of winners of over $750,000 in prize money and includes two Gympie Cup winners as well as three others who have won big races in Gympie.”

Meanwhile, a major prize for the afternoon could prove very lucrative for one lucky racegoer.

A $1000 bet on the Muster Cup will be won by one racegoer. Entry forms will be handed out at the gate and the winner will be drawn at 3pm.

Gates open at 11.30am with racing to start at 1pm. Cost of admission is $8 and an after races party will keep spirits high, including entertainment from Col Noble.

The Gympie Times next week will have results and photos of Gympie’s most stylish in the ever popular Fashions of the Field.

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