Spare Me Days from the Brad Hewitt stable is one of two locally trained horses engaged in Monday afternoon’s Goulburn Soldiers Club Frank & Edna Day Goulburn Cup.
Runner up in the 2016 edition of the cup behind the Dennis Picker trained Condagen, Spare Me Days will be joined by David Hewitt’s Stanley Ross Robyn in an attempt to make it a home town win.
The $31,800 Group 3 feature race is scheduled as race 7 on an 8 race program and has brought together a very even field of fast class pacers.
With no standout horses engaged, Spare Me Days looks to have his best chance yet to capture the cup.
“It isn’t the strongest Goulburn Cup so he’s a definite chance to win” said trainer Brad Hewitt.
Spare Me Days overcame some niggling setbacks before finishing a strong first-up second to Rakaupuka Ruler in the 2240 metres Walla Walla Stakes earlier this month. “I was real happy with his last run” said Hewitt, adding “He has been good; back on top of things now”
Stable mate Stanley Ross Robyn has been a model of consistency since resuming in early December and the 6 year old will be at his top in Monday’s race. Trained by David Hewitt, Stanley Ross Robyn was a close up fourth in the Walla Walla Stakes after working hard to find the lead early in the event.
Both of the Hewitt runners have drawn well with Stanley Ross Robyn in gate 3, and Spare Me Days starting alongside in gate 4 following the scratching of the emergency Hollys Miss Molly.
While the draws will help the locals, the pair will find strong opposition from the visiting contingent including Inter Dominion campaigner Conviction, the James Rattray performer Pachacuti, and the inform James Dean and Lets Katchmeifucan.
Field & comments
|1. JAMES DEAN
Tr: KerryAnn Turner Dr: Robert Morris
|Former NZ’er who has won 3 past 4 including Menangle 2300m in fast 1:54.9 M/R. Winner Goulburn 2240m in good 1:56.9 M/R, up in class but drawn well and in top form. Will go close
|2. LETS KATCHMEIFUCAN
Tr: Bernie Hewitt Dr: Bernie Hewitt
|Came from well back in Hewitt Memorial 2240m to win with authority 2 weeks back. Since finished 1.3m 2nd to James Dean at Bathurst 2260m in 1:56.5 M/R. Up in class but is drawn well and in top form. Hard to beat
|3. STANLEY ROSS ROBYN
Tr: David Hewitt Dr: David Hewitt
|Taken to front last 2 starts & raced well without winning. Btn 3.1m Rakaupuka Ruler & Spare Me Days in Walla Walla Stakes. Up in grade a little here but near his top after 4 runs since spell. Will be competitive
|5. SPARE ME DAYS
Tr: Brad Hewitt Dr: Brad Hewitt
|Last win was Group 3 Young Cup Mar 18 when .1 secs outside his track record time. Strong finish in Walla Walla Stakes will have him fitter. Not the strongest Goulburn Cup and with good draw will be hard to beat
|6. LEFT TENNANT
Tr: Kerry McDowell Dr: Lachie Manzelmann
|Huge win this track & distance on 30 Dec when sat outside leader beating Arma The Gun & Stanley Ross Robyn. Since 6th of 10 at Menangle in 1:51.1 btn 16.2m. Up in class but better suited this distance. A chance
Tr: Craig Cross Dr: David Morris
|Battled on strongly in Walla Walla Stakes for 1.2m third to Rakaupuka Ruler & Spare Me Days. Since 14.5m 8th of 10 to Tiger Tara at Menangle 1:52.7 mile. Same grade but not drawn well and others look better suited
Tr: John McCarthy Dr: Todd McCarthy
|Good performer at this grade. Beaten 14.3m when 7th of 10 at Menangle behind Tiger Tara. Raced well in Brisbane before but outside draw will make it difficult. Competitive if he were to slot in without much effort
Tr: Richard Williams Dr: Leigh Sutton
|Won Thursday night’s Tamworth City Cup but is up in grade here. Drawn behind the 1 who could lead and with an easy run may sneak a place at big odds
Tr: Steve Turnbull Dr: Amanda Turnbull
|Raced well in Inter Dominion series Melbourne. Then led & won Melton 2240 in 1:53.5. Since 3m 4th Shirley Turnbull Stakes to Our Triple Play, & 8.2m 3rd Cobram Cup to Buster Brady. Good draw & top chance
|11. GOTTA GO HENRY
Tr: Malcom Locke Dr: Jason Grimson
|Recent winner at Menangle in 1:51.7 and then 12m 6th of 10 to Tiger Tara in 1:52.7 M/R. Draw doesn’t help and looks an outside chance
|12. BLACKBIRD POWER
Tr: Gavin Kelly Dr: Jimmy Brown
|Won Temora Cup beating Mackeral in 1:59.3 M/R. Previously raced well without winning but up in class in this. Poor draw makes his job difficult
Tr: James Rattray Dr: James Rattray
|Well performed fast class pacer. Won Menangle Nov 18, then 12.9m 3rd My Field Marshall Menangle 1:50.9 mile. Since 8.7m 4th of 10 to Tiger Tara in 1:52.7 mile. Strong chance but brought back to field by gate draw
The afternoon also plays host to the $19,080 Hollingworth Crane Hire Service Goulburn Rose, and the Sun Solutions Goulburn Mulwaree Sprint, so an exciting afternoon of harness racing and entertainment is on offer.
The Goulburn Club encourages all to make their way to the Goulburn Paceway Monday afternoon to enjoy the talents Goulburn’s own Jamie Agius who will between races throughout the afternoon, mini trotting action, and the display of vintage trucks organized by Convoy For Kids Goulburn charity.
“We encourage all to come out to enjoy the day, but to also support the Convoy For Kids Goulburn charity who will collect the $10 entry fee” said club secretary Mark Croatto.
Each year the Goulburn Harness Racing Club gets behind a worthwhile cause as part of its charitable purpose. Having supported Goulburn High School and the Goulburn District Hospital in previous years, this season the club committee selected Convoy For Kids to support.
“The charity supports local children who are afflicted by cancer, terminal illness, or permanent disabilities; it’s a very important and worthwhile cause, and every cent paid at the gate will be retained by the charity” said Croatto.
The afternoon will also have much entertainment for children, and the on-course raffle carries as first prize a 2019 Canberra Raiders jersey which is signed by the whole squad.
With the harness racing action scheduled to commence at 1.03 pm the club’s committee also invites harness fans to come out and experience the wonderful facilities of the Grace Millson Centre. Enjoy quality food and a wide range of cold alcoholic and soft drinks whilst watching all the racing action in comfort.
Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, Randwick Equine Centre, Southern Highlands Equine Centre, Sun Solutions Goulburn, Semco Equipment Sales, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Landmark Southern Livestock Agenices , J A Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet.
Race 1 KEVIN & KAY SEYMOUR EVOLUTION SERIES 3YO FILLIES HEAT:
TIPS: 4 Lilymadimac, 5 Western Belle, 3 Kelli Frost, 1 Shes Pure Aces
Race 2 KEVIN & KAY SEYMOUR EVOLUTION SERIES 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS HEAT:
TIPS: 4 Navua Star, 1 Rockin Marty, 7 Star Major, 8 Reigning Pepper
Race 3 RSM ACCOUNTANTS & TAB.COM.AU PACE:
TIPS: 2 Miss Halfpenny, 9 Major Mai, 1 Better Than Grange, 6 Rossini
Race 4 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS EQUINE CENTRE PACE:
TIPS: 1 Lettucefirestar, Blackwhiteandblue, Topsie Grinner, Glencoe Reign
Race 5 SEMCO EQUIPMENT SALES PACE:
TIPS: 1 The Ideal Dancer, 8 Harry Day, 2 Maximus Red, 6 Major Chili
Race 6 HOLLINGWORTH CRANE HIRE SERVICE GOULBURN ROSE:
TIPS: 6 Bronski Belle, 2 Sams A Blast, 8 Benalong Valley, 3 Always Mysterious
Race 7 GOULBURN SOLDIERS CLUB FRANK & EDNA DAY GOULBURN CUP:
TIPS: 10 Conviction, 5 Spare Me Days, 13 Pachacuti, 1 James Dean
Race 8 SUN SOLUTIONS GOULBURN MULWAREE SPRINT
TIPS: 11 Aztec Bromac, 1 Imthevillagestar, 4 Mackeral, 10 Izzy Watt