Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup Day Excitement Mounting
Punters are gearing up for Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup Day on January 21. All eyes will be on the feature race. The 3,200m Wellington Cup is offering a purse newly boosted to $250,000 and remains the social event of the racing season. The final field for the 2017 Wellington Cup is not available yet, but only three horses are currently being offered at prices below double figures by the bookmakers.
Current favourite is Bloodstream, a 5-year-old gelding at $6.00 for a win and $2.25 for a place. But another gelding, 4-year-old Five to Midnight, is hot on his heels at $8.00 / $2.75. Next is the 4-year-old mare Fanatic, at $9.00 / $3.00. Mister Impatience, the 6-year-old gelding who pulled off a surprise win in the 2016 Wellington Cup, is recovered from injury, but languishes eighth from the top of the favourites list at $18.00 / $5.25.
However, our money’s on a fourth gelding: 5-year-old Jacksstar, currently being offered at $10.00 / $3.25. Last time he ran 3,200m at Trentham, in the Fasttrack Insurance Chalmers Handicap on December 03, he came from behind to win over the last 1,000m. He took another victory in his last start, the 2,300m Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup on December 18.
Still a Sizzler Despite Downgrade
With an annual best-dressed competition and the racing set turning out in their best bibs and tuckers, it doesn’t look like the Cup downgrade to Group III status is going to affect the fun on Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup Day. It’s still the premier social event of the Wellington racing season, at which even the most occasional punters are tempted to have a flutter.
The Wallaceville Estate sponsorship of Wellington Cup Day also ties Trentham Racecourse and Wellington Racing Club more closely into the surrounding community. Wallaceville Estate is a sectional residential development a stone’s throw from the racecourse, complete with shops, offices and amenities.
The estate is helping to transform the Upper Hutt suburbs of Wellington, while maintaining green belts within the city. So more than just offering a great family day out at the races, Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup Day is also a showcase for the commuter possibilities of the Upper Hutt area.
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