The running of the Cambridge Gold Cup will be returning to Cambridge Raceway, 14 years after it was last run.
The highlight event will be held at The Raceway's feature meeting of 2021 on Waitangi Day, Feb 6th.
Established in 1958 and always run for pacers, the upcoming edition will be worth $15,000 and run as the Cambridge Cups Day Bayleys Whitianga Trotters Gold Cup (2700m) and the Farrier Supplies Pacers Gold Cup (2700m).
Each Gold Cup event will be run as the final event of a series, with three $9,000 heats taking place throughout January. The first four placed runners in each heat will be guaranteed a start in the final on February 6, should they nominate.
A similar series was run last year culminating in the Waikato/Bay Of Plenty Cup with Invictus (Michelle Wallis/Bernie Hackett) being crowned the trotting cup winner and Comic Book Hero (Ray Darby) winning the pacers cup.
The February 6 meeting also features the second running of the $30,000 Waikato Trotting Breeders Stakes (2700m), holding a Group Three status for the first time.
In addition, the three-year-old pacers will be racing for $15,000 in the Dinny Johnstone Waikato Guineas.
The team at the Cambridge Raceway will be pulling out all the stops for the meeing including the big screen, an equestrian market day, battle of the breeds (standardbred vs thoroughbred) competition in the infield, kidz karts, food trucks, live music and a variety of free activities for the younger race goers in the colts & fillies club.
Gates will open at 2pm, entry is by gold coin donation to the St Johns ambulance. The first race is scheduled to go at 3.30pm.
For more info visit www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/horsefestival