Nine of the 14 runners in Canberra's Inglis Bonus 2YO Plate (1000m) on Sunday are qualified for the winner's $50,000 incentive.
The race, a traditional lead-in to the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes a fortnight later, has attracted a strong field of juveniles which includes nine debutants and horses from Sydney, Canberra, Kembla Grange, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga and the South Coast.
A $50,000 bonus will be split between the winning trainer, jockey and connections should the winner of the race be an Inglis graduate nominated to the Inglis Race Series.
James Harron, who owned last year's Black Opal winner Defcon, is hoping Gunnison can start his career on a winning note on Sunday.
Gunnison (Not A Single Doubt x Colorado Claire) cost Harron Bloodstock $850,000 at last year's Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
He has trialled twice this year for two wins and Harron believes trainers Peter And Paul Snowden have found "a nice kick-off race for him''.
"He's in good order, he's come through his trials well so we'll get through this race and see how he goes and then comes through,'' Harron said.
"The timing is there for him to push onto the Black Opal should he warrant a start but we're not committing to anything yet.''
The Inglis Bonus 2YO Plate is Race 4 at Canberra on Sunday and is scheduled to start at 3.10pm.
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