The Goulburn Harness Racing Club conducted its first meeting of the season on Monday the 10th October and locally trained horses scored wins in 4 of the 7 races offered by the club. The meeting was conducted in beautiful spring weather with a nice early season crowd in attendance.
The first of the locally trained winners was Keilor Time for David Hewitt in the opening race of the afternoon, the $4,500 Thank You Mirvac Ladyship Pace over 1710. The Mirvac Group who purchased Harold Park kindly donated two of the Harold Park steward’s towers to the Goulburn Club. These will be erected following the works which are presently underway on the Goulburn Paceway.
The win of Keilor Time, who is a full sister to the prolific winner Kimberly Street, was the first for the mare’s new owners Sally Ann and Damon Allport of Crookwell. With the 7yo old mare jumping smartly from the 6 barrier, she quickly took up the leader’s role and though headed in the run to the finish post she fought back strongly to score a narrow half head win. Second was the Bruce James trained Sassi Boulevard whilst the Neal Day driven Leisa Beryl filled the minor place.
Neil Day scored a winning double with firstly the impressive Illtelyawat who put in a sizzling sprint wide on the track to score a convincing win in the $4,500 Belmore Estate Lordship Pace. Illtelyawat was last at 400m mark but circled field to win by a half a neck from Dontgiveup and Cashel Cormac.
Neil Day’s second winner for the day came in the $4,500 Goulburn Produce and Rural Supplies Pace race for C1 to C2 pacers when A New Dawn came from behind the leader to snatch a convincing win over Slab Fracture and Six of the Best.
The final local winner was the Graham Cooper trained Bylong Astar in the $4,500 Tattersalls Hotel Pace for the fast class horses. In a daring drive, driver Glen McElhinney sooled the quality 8yo mare to the front early in the event, and maintain a solid pace throughout. With last three quarters in 30, 28.3 and 29.6 seconds, Bylong Astar proved far too strong for Kimberly Street and Beach Baby Beach, returning the good mile rate of 2:01.5 for the longer 2240m journey.