Moody, Hayes eye return to Benalla

BENALLA Racing Club has attracted bumper nominations for its $100,000 Benalla Cup (2046m) meeting and return to racing this Sunday.

The north-east track hasn’t hosted racing since March after Racing Victoria closed the Benalla course indefinitely after a hole was found in the track.

The track has since undergone extensive remedial work with some of Victoria’s biggest stables supporting the return meeting.

The states leading trainer Peter Moody has nominated classy import Sneak A Peak and VRC St Leger winner Vatuvie among the 39 nominations.

Four-time group 1 winner Winchester has been allocated top-weight of 64.5-kilograms but is considered a doubtful starter for trainer John Sadler.

Hayes nominated Albury Gold Cup winner Extra Zero who has had two unplaced runs at Flemington and Caulfield since resuming from a spell early last month.

SOME of the best credentialled local gallopers are among the nominations for Benalla Cup day’s feature support event, the $50,000 Weary Dunlop Sprint (1200m),

Local trainers Brian Cox (Berringama), Wayne Nichols (Dad Knows Best), Rob Wellington (Simmo) and Geoff Duryea (Stacey Lee) could clash in the feature sprint.

Berringama drops sharply in grade as he tries to recapture winning form.

Stacey Lee resumes from a 16-week spell and was a recent trial winner at Albury.

The four-year-old mare stamped herself as an above average galloper with a win over the Wagga Cup carnival in May and a placing at Sandown at her most recent start in June.

MURRUMBIDGEE Turf Club has taken out the Country TAB Club of the Year award at the NSW Country and Provincial Racing awards last Friday night.

Wagga bettered other finalists Scone, Coffs Harbour and Mudgee.

Racecaller Allan Hull was also recognised when he won the Country Media Award.

Hull was recognised for his 30 years in racing with media personality Greg Radley presenting the award.