The Goulburn Harness Racing Club will host a Christmas Eve race meeting at the Goulburn Paceway this Sunday afternoon. With the racing action getting underway at 3.05 pm, harness fans can enjoy a relaxing afternoon following the rush to prepare for Christmas Day, and hopefully pick a winner or two to help celebrate the festive season.
While Sunday’s meeting will see a very interesting six race card, the fixture is the last before the Goulburn and Canberra clubs host their summer racing carnival commencing in January. The two clubs have programmed a month long carnival of racing in which more than $300,000 of prize money will be distributed.
Commencing at Goulburn with Hewitt Memorial race day on the 14th January, the $12,000 Hewitt Memorial and $12,000 Walla Walla Stakes will be decided during an afternoon of entertainment which supports the charitable works of the Crookwell Community Trust.
The action then switches to Canberra on Monday night the 22nd January when the $15,000 Canberra Derby and Canberra Oaks will be decided.
Sunday 28th January will see Goulburn’s premier Carnival of Cups meeting conducted. Highlighting the program are the $30,000 Group 3 Goulburn Soldiers Club Frank & Edna Day Goulburn Cup and the $18,000 Goulburn Rose Pace. The day of racing carries more than $100,000 in prize money.
This season the club is supporting the Goulburn Base Hospital. Nursing staff will attend the gates to the Goulburn Paceway, and every cent of the $10 gate entry fee will be donated to the hospital. During the afternoon of entertainment, nursing staff will then pass the hat around and all donations will be greatly appreciated for what is truly an important cause in the Goulburn area.
The summer carnival then winds up with the Canberra Cup race meeting on Sunday the 4th February. Featuring the $25,000 Canberra Cup, the meeting is supported through the $10,000 Len Cornock Memorial for the 2 year old pacers, and the $10,000 Ackie Hawke Memorial.
In Sunday’s race meeting, local trainers look well placed to perform strongly. Crookwell trainer Daniel Rowell will start Roarn in race 4, the Goulburn Mulwaree Council pace, and from barrier 5 looks to have the speed to cross the field and take up the running.
Three starts back at Canberra; Roarn led from the start and demolished a handy field including Recipe For Dreaming who has drawn the 1 gate in Sunday’s race. With the inclusion of the inform Valla Swan, and the consistent Miracle Smile, Roarn will go to the start at good odds and looks a great each way bet.
In the last of the day, the Goulburn Soldiers Club pace, the Steven Lee trained Uncle Jay will come out of gate 1 and following two starts since a spell looks a strong top 3 contender. As the winner of a $20,000 Country Series Final last season, Uncle Jay is very well served by the barrier and his two starts this time in have been very promising.
Gates to the Goulburn Paceway will be open from midday, and entry to the course free, 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.
Goulburn harness racing 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, Crust Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet.
Race 1 Hollingworth Crane Hire Service Pace
TIPS: 7 Rolamax, 6 Betawenimdancin, 9 Stormy Raider, 5 Cypress Song
Race 2 ARW Multigroup Pace
TIPS: 4 Whiskey Blaze, 2 Sonofasis, 8 Jimmy Jasper, 5 Nippers Grin
Race 3 Crust Pizza Harness Breeders NSW Bonus Scheme Three Year Old Pace
TIPS: 7 Harry Day, 8 Serene Sea, 5 Wandary Muscat, 2 No Lovie
Race 4 Goulburn Mulwaree Council Pace
TIPS: 5 Roarn, 1 Recipe For Dreaming, 8 Valla Swan, 4 Miracle Smile
Race 5 TAB.COM.AU Pace
TIPS: 2 Oscar The Great, 1 Troublesome Dave, 7 A Sweet Success, 4 Mandy Fourstarzzz
Race 6 Goulburn Soldiers Club Pace
TIPS: 1 Uncle Jay, 5 Vienna Boy, 2 Mygirljo, 4 Topsie Grinner