After a long winter break, the Goulburn Harness Racing Club is all set for its season opener at the Goulburn Paceway when the club hosts its first race meeting of the 2017/2018 season this coming Monday afternoon (27 November).
With race 1 scheduled to start at 2.52pm, harness fans from the Southern Tablelands can look forward to a compact but very interesting card. The feature event is a $10,200 heat of the Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series.
Restricted to three year old Breeders Challenge eligible pacers, the heat has drawn contestants from the Goulburn, South Coast and Metropolitan areas.
The Goulburn area is well represented through the fillies Major Mai and Serene Sea, and the gelding Harry Day.
Harry Day, who is trained by club president Dennis Day is the winner of 3 from 5 starts. He kicked off his three year old season with a first up win at Canberra when he rated a smart 1:58.7 win over the Daniel Rowell trained Roarn Under Fire.
On that occasion the Courage Under Fire gelding lead from start to finish, sprinting strongly to the line in a quick 57.6 last half. From gate 6 Harry Day is likely to work forward and should be with the leaders when the field settles down.
The filly Major Mai is prepared by Windellama trainer Phillip Willis and will have the driving services of champion Sydney reinsman Luke McCarthy. The Major In Art filly was a Menangle winner in August, and at her last start finished second behind Roarn Under Fire at Canberra during October when beaten a little more than 4 metres.
The filly has been topped off for Monday’s engagement with a sound fourth in a recent Goulburn trial when the winner Scotambra rated a blistering 1:54.3 mile
The second of the Goulburn fillies is Serene Sea from the David Hewitt stable who has had only the one start earlier this year at Bathurst. On that occasion she galloped and tailed off and was spelled following the effort.
She has been readied for Monday’s race through some strong trial efforts at the Goulburn Paceway, the most recent when beaten less than 5 metres in the same trial contested by Major Mai.
Harness fans are reminded that gates to the course will be open from about 1.30 pm and that two official trials are programmed for 2 pm and 2.10 pm. The club encourages all to come out for a great afternoon of competitive and interesting racing, and to experience the wonderful facilities of the Grace Millson Function Centre. Enjoy quality food prepared by Marcia Grant and a wide range of cold alcoholic and soft drinks whilst watching all the racing action in air conditioned comfort.
Harness racing at the Goulburn Paceway is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Divalls Earthmoving & Bulk Haulage, Goulburn Mazda, ARW Multigroup, Hollingworth Crane Hire, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Goulburn Landmark, J A Communications, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet.
Race 1 NSW Standardbred Owners Association Ellen Rixon Ambassador Ladyship Pace
TIPS: 6 Art Promise, 8 Jay Peez Official, 1 Mandy Four Starzzz, 9 Attacknrhythm
Race 2 Kevin & Kay Seymour Evolution Series Heat
TIPS: 6 Harry Day, 9 Serene Sea, 8 Ritchie Bee, 7 Kerford Road
Race 3 Goulburn Soldiers Club Join the NSW Owners Association Lordship Pace
TIPS: 8 Stormy Raider, 9 Nikstar, 6 Sportmanship, 11 Rolamax
Race 4 TAB.COM.AU NSWSOA Committee Pace
TIPS: 5 Topsie Grinner, 4 Hes Perfectly Ideal, 7 Jolted, 3 Nippers Grin
Race 5 Goulburn Mazda Bruce Knight Pace
TIPS: 3 Hell Bent, 9 A Sweet Success, 4 Promoted, 2 Ima Jaymar
Race 6 Goulburn Mulwaree Council Ready2run Sale 3rd Dec Pace
TIPS: 6 Recipe For Dreaming, 2 Miracle Smile, 3 Lettuce Reign, 4 Sandblaster