Hot100 Guineas race day kicks off the 2018 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival at Fannie Bay
SATURDAY’S Hot100 Guineas race day kicks off the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival at Fannie Bay.
The main race for three-year-olds is the first leg of the Triple Crown, which can see a horse win a $100,000 bonus if it salutes in the Guineas, NT Derby and Darwin Cup.
Reigning Darwin Cup-winning jockey Jarrod Todd said the first meeting of the carnival was the best opportunity to establish himself ahead of other riders.
“Every week’s important, but on day one it’s good to get the writing on the board and if you can get a winner or two everyone knows you’re serious,” he said.
“Winning one or two early will make you strive in the carnival.”
Off the field, it’s an electric day for fans with cheap entry and plenty of bubbles on offer.
Darwin Turf Club vice chairman Rob Longuet said it was an important day to build the atmosphere of the entire carnival.
“Being the Hot100 we hope to get a younger crowd there, numbers-wise we’re 1500 to 2000,” he said.
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“Being the first day there is a lot of hype around it — it just brings everybody out, the day itself is kicking off the carnival and it brings a really vibrant atmosphere. You see all the faces — a lot of people who have come interstate each year, and they can’t wait to get into our warm race days.”
Live music will lift the atmosphere on the Hot100 stage.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. It’s free for children under 12.