IT is Emerald 100 Day at Pioneer Park tomorrow and a large crowd is expected to witness the running of this time-honoured event.
Gates open at 10am and the first local event, the Maiden Plate over 1000 metres, is set to start at 1.15pm.
With horses coming from all corners of the globe, punters' skills will be fully tested as winners appear to be so well concealed that I have been unable to come up with a best bet on the program.
The Open Handicap over 1200 metres looks an interesting affair with top weight Reining To Win sure to attract plenty of attention.
Now an eight-year-old, he has won nine races and amassed over $810,000 from his 41 lifetime starts. I doubt there has ever been a horse raced at Pioneer Park that has earned more prize money than that.
Since arriving at the Ilfracombe stables of Wes Irwin, Reining To Win has had two starts for two wins but prior to that he had been out of the winners' list for over three years.
The feature event the 2011 Emerald 100 is a very competitive affair.
Strong cases as to the winning chances for at least half of the field can be made but I have eventually settled on the Tim Cook-trained Chinrub to claim the honours over Bawaardi, Preacher Man and last year's winner, Tune Him Up.
The day will draw to a close with the running of the Emerald 100 at 4.30pm.
Comments on all runners and selections appear in the Emerald 100 lift-out.
Race 1. King Echelon - Just Ready - Run Willy Run
Race 2. Dumuzzi - Nerangatang - Run Kylie Run
Race 3. Reining To Win - Sea Dynasty - Larry's Song
Race 4. Profanity - Jamdit - Cufflink
Race 5. Chinrub - Bawaardi - Preacher Man
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