Cairns Cup bid for trainer Olivia Cairns
YOU won't find Olivia Cairns in high heels or a fancy frock at the Cairns Cup Carnival this weekend.
The Townsville trainer, one of the few female trainers in a male dominated industry, will be putting in the hard yards at Cannon Park, preparing her nine horses for some of the 14 races scheduled over tomorrow and Sunday.
The 32-year-old is hopeful her top horses – last year’s Cairns Amateurs Cup winner Line By Line and Frisco Bopper – will win the Cairns Cup feature race at 5pm Sunday.
"I’ve won almost every major race up North," she said. "I’ve never won a Cairns Cup. It’s the last big one on our cards."
About 2000 people are expected to attend the two-day carnival, which are both TAB meetings.
Cairns Jockey Club spokeswoman Donna Smith said Ladies Day tomorrow, which includes Fashions on the Field, is the big social event with punters coming from across Queensland as well as interstate.
"We’re expecting a lot of exciting racing action with the southern horses always trying to take our Cup," she said.
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