The biggest racing day of the year in Australia has arrived, with the Melbourne Cup bringing out the stars on and off the track. Each year it is one of the biggest spectacles in the country and it is no different in the Mid West as the Geraldton Turf Club is gearing up for one of its biggest days of the year. The biggest competition will happen on the track, with all eyes on Flemington where Vauban has come out as the hot $4.20 favourite. Without A Fight is a close second at $6. It will be ridden by WA jockey, last year’s winner Mark Zahra, who started at the Geraldton Turf Club in 1998 as a 16-year-old. He went on to race 44 times at the club, winning three races. The big race will be run at 12pm, but after that the action starts at the Geraldton Turf Club, with seven races from 1.52pm and a total prize pool of $160,000. While the odds have not been released for Geraldton yet, there are some runners that have been in good form. The first race features the likes of Mooniemia, ridden by jockey Natasha Faithful and Holy Spy under jockey Peter Knuckey. A hot horse for the day comes in race two with Hillside Horace with jockey Lisa Staples. Race six features the ladies day sprint winner Albert, in combination with jockey Troy Turner. Local trainer Julia Martin’s successful Corn Cob won’t be racing this year, but she has four runners in the seven races. She is hopeful Mooniemia in race one, Just Got Paid and Bold Profit in race four and Bombay Style in race seven would secure places. “Bombay Style goes pretty good, he will carry 62kg though, which is a lot,” she said. “I hope he would run a pretty good race.” “Just Got Paid — (Natasha Faithful) has ridden him pretty good. Last start he didn’t have much luck out wide and a bad barrier. Bold Prophet, Simone Altieri hasn’t ridden him before but I’m sure she will ride him well.” Martin said three-year-old Mooniemia could win his first in the maiden with Faithful as the jockey. She said she looked forward to the day, hoped the horses went around safely and local trainers have a successful day. “It’s good because it gets more people to the races. Any of the big events we have here like the Geraldton Cup, Melbourne Cup, Ladies Day. It gets people to the races because it’s a good day out,” she said. Following the Ladies Day success, Fashions on the Field returns for both men and women. The event features a prize pool of a $500 Mitchell & Brown voucher for the winner, a $250 voucher for runner-up, best millinery and best-dressed gent. Gates will be open from 11am and entry is $20.