Media Release: HRNSW by Mark Croatto
Harness The Fun
Following a 3 month recess, racing resumes at the Goulburn Paceway this Thursday afternoon the 15th of April when a massive 10 race card will be decided with the first race set to go at 11:40am.
The programme will feature the $8,000 Taylor Made Travel Goulburn Trotter’s Cup and the heats of the Tom Hewitt Memorial, with the $7,000 final being conducted Thursday fortnight.
Michael Taylor, proprietor of Taylor Made Travel, has been a leading light in the re-establishment of trotters in New South Wales. He has supported the Trotters Foundation Series and now has backed a trotter’s Carnival of Cups series throughout the State and the trotting enthusiast is indebted to his generosity.
Scheduled as race 7 to start at 2:50pm, Thursday’s event has drawn together a very strong field of accomplished trotters who will contest the 2240m event from the standing start.
The standout performer is last season’s Victoria Derby winner Arizona Blue for Kemps Creek trainer John Heath.
The 4yo mare will commence from the 30m mark and following her first up 7th at Menangle on April the 1st she will prove much fitter.
As a classic winner and with earnings in excess of $110,000 she will start favourite and should prove the testing material.
Her strongest opposition will come from the in-form trotters In Midnites Pocket off 40m, and the back marker Earldom who has been handicapped on 50m.
Both have competed strongly in recent trotter’s events and are quite capable of causing an upset. Other strong chances include the former New Zealander Im Cameron Jake and the consistent Metropolitan performer Chew The Fat.
The three Tom Hewitt Memorial heats over 1710m will feature a number of good up and coming pacers with the $7,000 final to be held on Thursday afternoon the 29th April. Tom Hewitt for many years was the district’s leading trainer whose Lost River stables “Karamia” produced such notables as Nikalong Shadow and King Rancio.
The first of the Tom Hewitt Memorial heats is race 3 sponsored by Top Water Carters and, following her recent win at Bankstown, Shes All Lady which is trained and driven by Tom’s grandson Dennis Picker will prove the hard to beat. A win by the 4yo mare would be a fitting result as she is out of Tom’s former good race mare Nika Time.
Also on the programme is the $5,000 Goulburn Soldiers Club Pace over 1710m where an impressive field of fast class pacers has been drawn together. With the pre post favourite Fifty Gorillas drawing the outside of the front and talented performers such as Just Plain Crazy, Kimberly Street and Shes Makin Waves drawn inside of him, the race shapes up as a very interesting contest not only on the track but in the betting ring.
With the first race set to go at 11:40am, the course gates will open at 10:30am and entry is free. For the convenience of patrons hot food, cold drinks and a licensed bar will be available. The club extends an invitation to all harness racing fans to come out and enjoy an afternoon of exciting racing at the Goulburn Paceway.