BEGA horse trainer Ray “Nugget” Wheatley is right in the mix to claim the horse of the year crown tomorrow at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club.
Wheatley trains a small team of horses, including All Giving, which is equal first in the horse of the year standings at the track.
All Giving will race tomorrow as part of the club’s last race meet for the season.
Club secretary/manager Rob Tweedie said Wheatley’s horse is in good stead to claim the prize.
“He’s equal on 13 points with a horse from Moruya,” Tweedie said.
“But Nugget’s horse is actually in the lead by a count-back.
“His horse is going to be one of the favourites in the race, so it will be stamping its authority on the competition to take out the title,” he said.
All Giving is also jointly owned by a number of Bega residents.
“It’s a big group of Bega owners in that horse as well so they would be pretty excited.”
Despite solid entries from Moruya, western and Canberra trainers, Tweedie said locals typically do well in the standings.
“Quite often the locals finish high up in the rankings because they train out here on the track.
“Local trainers like Nugget have small teams of horses, but they keep quality horses.
“He always figures pretty well in the premiership here.”
Aside from the standings, Tweedie said it should be a good day for race-goers.
“I’m just looking at the weather now and it looks pretty good.
“We’re expecting a mix of locals and holiday makers.
“People can come out to enjoy the races, but have a punt on the metropolitan races, too,” he said.