With a plethora of excellent pacing features going on across the country, harness racing fans and punters are in for a real treat this weekend.
One of the best races to watch will take place tonight at Fremantle’s Gloucester Park, the $50,000 Group 2 Community Newspapers Western Gateway 3YO Pace.
12 top three-year-olds are engaged in the event including David Hercules in the prized pole starting position, Gary Hall Seniors’ impressive last start Derby prelude winner Why Live Dangerously, the Grant Williams-trained and driven Cromac Johnny, the brilliant Lombo Navigator and the up-and-coming speedster Chillin Dylan.
After drawing barrier one for the feature, the talented David Hercules looks one of the best chances tonight in the Western Gateway pace.
Winner of the Group 3 Caduceus Club in late March, the son of Artesian is due to be driven by first rate reinsman Colin Brown.
Lombo Navigator, who placed second to David Hercules in the Caduceus Club, will be seeking revenge but may have a tough time catching his rival who is likely to lead on the inside. But the Million To One colt is a classy pacer and will present David Hercules with his best competition.
Another one of David Hercules’ biggest dangers is Grinjaro in barrier six, driven by Gary Hall Jnr. The Ken White-trained Grinjaro was impressive when winning the WA Derby prelude a few starts back, a race David Hercules ran eighth in after bursting out in a gallop early on.
The 2010 Community Newspapers Western Gateway is programmed to start at 8:50pm tonight as part of the great 10 event card at Gloucester Park.
Another pacing feature going on tonight is the $20,000 Simpson Memorial (2160m) for three-year-old colts and geldings at Harold Park.
11 runners are engaged in the feature headlined by the Mark Hewitt-trained and driven Two Eye See, the talented one-eyed gelding likely to draw a big crowd as he attempts his 12th win from just 17 starts.
Other consistent three-year-olds lining up in the 2010 Simpson Memorial including Hiking, Skippers Canyon and Avonnova drawn in barriers two, five and six respectively.
Trainer and driver of Avonnova Steve Turnbull is also seeking success in the race with his gelding Just A Blue Chip drawn ideally in barrier one. Turnbull will drive Just A Blue Chip and his daughter Amanda will be behind the reins of Avonnova.
You can catch them in action at 8:00pm when the Garrads Horse & Hound Simpson Memorial runs as the fourth race of the night.
The Harold Park meeting tonight also features three heats for the Australian Pacing Gold, while Geelong’s Tabcorp Park in Victoria will be home to another series of first round heats for the APG.