The Jerrys Plains Cup is set to make a comeback this month as leading local trainers and those from around NSW return to compete for a share of the $22,000 prize pool.
Organised by Muswellbrook Race Club with the support of Malabar Resources, the Cup's return on Friday, April 30 marks the end of a hiatus that lasted nearly half a decade and is set to be the focal point of the Jerrys Plains Open weekend.
According to Muswellbrook Race Club CEO Duane Dowel, the excitement was building after a streak of bad luck prevent the event's return.
"The Jerrys Plains Cup has been on the cards for a few years now, but COVID-19, terrible weather and bad luck have made it impossible," he said.
"But after speaking to Jerrys Plains local and race club director Jim Rodger, who expressed a desire to reintroduce the cup, and with the support of the local town and Malabar, the stars finally aligned.
"Closer to the event, we'll be able to confirm which local trainers and horses will compete, and so far, I'm hearing strong enthusiasm which should translate into a great turnout.
"We are still under strict COVID-19 restrictions which need to be observed by all that attend. This includes recording the details of attendees upon entry along with the mandatory Services NSW QR Code registration system," he added.
A planning day for the Jerrys Plains bicentennial in 2022 will be held as part of the weekend's activities.
Former club president and Jerrys Plains veterinarian, Jim Rodger, who is one of the bicentennial organisers said the Cup would be part of the broader celebrations with planning for the bicentenary to take place over the next 12 months.
"We are all very excited with what's in store and will be announcing further details in the coming weeks," he said.