Following all the action packed excitement of last weekend surrounding the Watpac Inter Dominion, this week on the pacing front things are relatively low-key.
There are still a number of quality events spread across the weekend worth keeping an eye on and that will give harness enthusiasts and keen bettors plenty to punt on!
Tonight Gloucester Park is set to host a terrific ten-race card headlined by the $30, 000 Group 3 Hankook Tyres Country Pacing Derby Final (2536m). Eleven top pacers are engaged in the scheduled highlight including the in-form Maximum Demand in barrier three coming off two successive victories.
The other main event at Fremantle’s Gloucester Park tonight is the $25, 000 Listed RWWA Rising Stars Invitation Ms Pace (2130m) featuring twelve promising pacers heading for greatness such as Zed drawn ideally in barrier one, and New Zealand galloper Pacific Idol in the back row barrier 10.
The Rising Stars Invitation Ms Pace will run as race five at 7:50pm followed directly after by the Country Pacing Derby, race six at 8:15pm.
Another Rising Stars Pace is also set to take place at Tabcorp Park tonight, when the $25, 000 Pie in the Sky Travel Rising Stars Pace goes off as race seven at 9:42pm.
The most lucrative race on the programme, the Rising Stars Pace in Victoria sees eleven excellent pacers including the Shannon McLean-trained Broadways Best, named the Victorian 3YO Filly of the Year last season and drawn ideally tonight in barrier two, face off against other great names such as Villagem (br. eight), Watchmefella (br. three), Deadsetlucky (br. seven) and Dream Guest in the prized barrier one.
Saturday night all eyes will be on South Australia’s Globe Derby as the Gawler Harness Racing club hosts the 2010 $25, 000 Gawler Gold Cup (2645m). Headline acts in the race this year include interstate raider Shardons Rocket (br. 5), the ever consistent local pacer Ryans Journey drawn awkwardly in eight and last year’s Gawler Gold Cup Conte De Cristo back to defend their title from barrier six.
Also lining up in the Gold Cup is the Geoff Webster-trained and driven Wangaratta Cup winner Mister Anthony in the outside barrier. Mister Anthony has already secured 12 wins from his 28 career starts and looks well positioned to make it a baker’s dozen tomorrow night.
The nine-event card at Gawler has an added bonus on offer for any trainer that wins three of the races at the meeting. Webster has a four-horse strong contingent as he seeks the $5, 000 bonus, made up of three pacers including top two-year-old Dee Devito (Race 2 – Br. 3) and one trotter, the talented Millburn Michael (Race 5 – Br. 7).
The Gawler Gold Cup is scheduled as race six at 8:22pm.