Bunbury: The TabTouch-Regional Championship Begins

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The Bunbury Turf Club will host the first heat of this year’s TabTouch Regional Championship in Race 7 of its eight-race card tomorrow.

The initiative by Perth Racing is in its second year of inviting regionally trained horses to compete in six races at Provincial and Country tracks on the ‘Road to Ascot’, to try take out the $100,000 final during Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes Day on the second Saturday of The TABtouch Masters.

WA-trained horses which are yet to win a prime metropolitan-grade race are eligible to contest the Regional Championships; the final of which will take place immediately before the Group One Winterbottom over 1200m.

Six different tracks will stage $30,000 Regional Championships heats that will feed horses into the $100,000 Ascot final on December 2.

The first of this year’s Regional Championship heats comes up tomorrow, with a relatively handy field looking to take out the boosted prize money.

The Brett Pope-trained Detango returns to racing after going to the paddock in July, having finished four lengths behind Scales of Justice in a relaxed Lark Hill trial recently.

Her first-up and track/distance form reads well for her return, but the Demerit mare will also have to come up against the likes of Sixpence Spent, who’s 2 from 2 at Bunbury over 1200m and has Pike aboard, the promising Ambiente, De Andes, the talented Finance and You Watching Me among many others.

Northam will host the second heat this Thursday, while Geraldton and Esperance will show off their local talent on Friday and Saturday.

The first meeting of the season for Albany will have its race on Sunday, while York will hold the final heat on Thursday November 23.

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