Waimate horse racing in cup on Sunday

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Waimate racing enthusiasts Lucy Hennessy and her father George have entered their nine-year-old bay gelding, Stormy Rain, in Sunday’s Waimate Cup.

The feature event is part of the Waimate Racing Club’s June meeting, which is being held at the Oamaru racecourse on Sunday.

Ms Hennessy said the horse has been racing since 2009 and has already won 10 races.

Trainer Michael Daly, of Washdyke, said Stormy Rain prefers a drier track, so he is hoping for plenty of sunshine and wind over the next few days.

Last week, the horse ran at Wingatui, Dunedin, on an exceptionally heavy track and came last. Mr Daly said that race was necessary to help prepare for Sunday’s meeting.

“He hadn’t raced for five weeks so we put him in so he would be in better form for Waimate.

“We’re expecting a better run this week. The track was too heavy at Dunedin.”

Mr Daly said there will be good opposition on Sunday.

“We’ll be up against Fiorano who won his race last week. It’ll be a tough field.”

Christchurch jockey Kylie Williams will ride Stormy Rain and has already had two wins with the horse. Jockeys had to be declared by this morning.

Ten horses will race in the Waimate Cup over 2200 metres and Mr Daly said the race is worth $15,000.

By LINDA MCCARTHY