Trainer Brendan Hearps with Golden Mile hopeful Go Down. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Local horse trainer Brendon Hearps is hoping for glory this weekend at the Golden Mile race day.

Star mare Go Down, who is valued at more than $100,000, will compete in the Catanach’s Jewellers Bendigo Gold Bracelet race which is run over 1400 metres on Saturday afternoon.

The local mare has a fine pedigree at the Bendigo Racecourse having never finished outside of the top three and winning half of its six starts at the local track.

Hearps’ stables are at the back of the Bendigo Racecourse on Racecourse road and he is hoping his local knowledge, as well as the impressive form of Go Down, will lead to a winning formula.

“She runs really well here at Bendigo,” Hearps said.

“The surface is really good, it suits her as well as the length of the race itself.

“You never know with these things but we have a good chance of doing well.”

With prize money exceeding $1 million, it is a huge draw for the leading horse trainers in the state and is a great chance for the people of Bendigo to enjoy first-class racing.

“The day has grown since it came to Bendigo five years ago,” Hearps said.

“It is a massive day in the calendar for local horse trainers here in Bendigo.

“There will be quality racing, with so many horses coming from across the state, and to have a stand alone race is huge.”

Gates open at 11am and with the forecast expected to be sunny with highs of 27º, it is set to be a great day at the races.

– Richard Hinman