Ballarat Cup 2011 – Dowling Forest Race Preview

November 13th, 2011

The 2011 Ballarat Cup is due to run at Dowling Forest Racecourse this Sunday November 20, 2011.

The race, which is run under open handicap conditions, is worth $130,000 in prize money.

The Listed Ballarat Cup will this year be held on a Sunday for the first time in its history after the Ballarat Turf Club decided the day would attract more race goers than its traditional Wednesday time slot.

The 2011 Ballarat Cup will be run over a distance of 2,200 metres and will be the final feature race of the Melbourne spring racing carnival.

Robert Smerdon’s Paddy O’Reilly has been targeted towards the 2011 Ballarat Cup.

The six-year-old gelding finished a gallant third behind Ironstein and Shootoff in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington last start.

”He ran very well and I think a race like the Ballarat Cup should be ideal for him now,” Smerdon said after his last run.

Paddy O’Reilly has won four of his 24 career starts and has earned more than $335,000 in prize money.

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