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Put on your finest fashions for The Big Dance when the $100,000 Keirle’s Pharmacy Wellington Cup is held on Sunday May 29.

And to make the event more special, the race day will feature the richest Fashions On The Field in country racing, with $7,000 in prizes and giveaways.

Originally scheduled for the washed out Wellington Boot meeting in March, the Wellington Cup will now be the town’s feature race of the year and will be one of the first qualifying events for the new $2 million race The Big Dance on Melbourne Cup day at Randwick.

The first two horses across the line will go into a pool of horses to be eligible for The Big Dance on Tuesday 1 November 2022, along with the first two placegetters from 24 other NSW country cups.

Wellington Race Club secretary Dale Jones said it should ensure a top class field for this year’s Wellington Cup.

“I’m sure a number of leading city and provincial trainers will target the race to get their horses into the $2 million final, but I also hope the Wellington Cup will give local trainers the opportunity to race for a big pot of gold in November,” he said.

Mr Jones said the club was gearing up for a big day on May 29, with some spectacular racing, the rich Fashions On The Field competition, live entertainment and much more.

“It was disappointing when the Wellington Boot day was washed out, but the town now has another opportunity to celebrate a big feature race meeting and I’m sure Wellington will embrace the chance to get out for a huge sporting and social event,” he said.

To encourage as many people as possible to attend, the club has halved the normal entry price Wellington Boot entry price, with tickets available at the gate for $10 an adult, $5 for pensioners and children under 16 free.

Mr Jones said the selection of the Wellington Cup as a qualifying event for The Big Dance demonstrated its standing within the racing industry and added to the significance of the race.

“It will be special to be there for our first Big Dance qualifier and I’m sure racing fans from Wellington and throughout the Central West will want to be part of the occasion,” he said.

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