After taking out Australian racing’s crown jewel in 2014, Melbourne Cup winner and Mendooran resident, John Hunter has his sights set on another prize...
It has been an impressive year for the local racing enthusiast, with Magic Poet winning the Binnaway Cup in May, and Protectionist finishing first in the prestigious Melbourne Cup in November last year.
A win at this year's 1500 metre Mendooran Cup would complete Mr Hunter’s trophy cabinet trifecta.
“There’s six races on the program at Mendooran this weekend and we’re hoping for some good weather on the day,” Mr Hunter said.
“The track is the best it’s ever looked.
“All going well, we’re hoping Magic Poet will be in winning form.”
As well as full bar and food facilities, Fashions in the Field prizes and children’s entertainment, the 2014 Melbourne Cup will also be on display during the race meet.
Racegoers will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the cup, which has been kindly been made available by Mr Hunter.
Celebrating a massive 159 years of racing, the Mendooran Races will be held this Saturday, 5 September.
Gates open at 11.00am.
Following a 19 week spell, Protectionist is set to return to racing this Saturday in Sydney.
As a part owner of the Melbourne Cup winner, Mr Hunter said the six-year-old would have three starts before this year’s Melbourne Cup, which it had already qualified.
John Hunter gets a tidy up from local barber Chimp Franklin, before this year's Mendooran Races, where he is hoping to take home the Mendooran Cup to join his 2014 Melbourne Cup.