Port Lincoln ready for cup

PRIZE: Dance of Heroes and trainer Ryan Dawson look at the Port Lincoln Cup, which they will compete for on Friday.

PRIZE: Dance of Heroes and trainer Ryan Dawson look at the Port Lincoln Cup, which they will compete for on Friday.

A strong field of 14 horses will race for the Port Lincoln Cup on Friday, among them local hopes like the Ryan Dawson trained Dance of Heroes.

The biggest horse racing event in Port Lincoln is expected to see about 3000 people attend Port Lincoln racecourse for the day.

Among the local hopes this year is Dance of Heroes, who won his last start over 1960m.

Trainer Ryan Dawson, aiming for his first Port Lincoln Cup, said while scratched behind the barrier in the Cup Prelude on February 23, the nine-year-old gelding looked good going into Friday's cup race.

"We worked him the day after the prelude and he worked really strong," he said.

"I think he will run a very honest race."

Among other local hopes is last year's cup winner Lady Conquistador, trained by Simon Drewitt as well as Darryl Carrison's Bramfield and Des Courtney's Neva Doubt Us.

Cup Prelude winner Dexter You Devil, trained by Shayne Cahill is a strong chance as is the Tony McEvoy trained Classic Weiwei.

Port Lincoln Racing Club president Greg Fitzgerald said the $50,000 cup race was always very competitive.

"It's one of six provincial racing cups in SA," he said.

"It's always a very competitive race and everyone is very much looking forward to it."

Other attractions on the day will include Fashions on the Field with prizes offered for best dressed womens and menswear, best women's footwear and best millinery.

Special guest this year is Peter Moody, trainer of the undefeated race horse Black Caviar who will be at the Cup Calcutta at the Port Lincoln Hotel on Thursday evening as well as race day.

Mr Fitzgerald said there would be about 1200 people in the marquees on the day with up to 3000 expected to attend.