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District trainers to the fore at Echuca gallops meet

Eight races will be held at Echuca racecourse today during its second meet of winter.

GEORDIE COWAN July 7, 2014 3:22am

A strong district contingent will contest for victory at today’s eight-race meet at Echuca racecourse.

Daryl Archard, Gwenda Johnstone and the duo of Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin have a potential nine horses competing throughout the day.

After holding its first race meet of the winter season two weeks ago, Echuca Racing Club chief executive Alex Doble said the track was in good condition and as of yesterday was a heavy nine.

‘‘We’ve also moved the rail out 3m,’’ he said.

‘‘It (the track) held together really well last start, but this gives fresh ground to the meeting.’’

Doble said it was pleasing to see more home-track trainers at today’s meet, with a few horses travelling to compete at Corowa as well.

‘‘There was also a meeting at Seymour (on Saturday) which can sometimes dilute the local trainers, but they train on the track and are happy to go around on it, which is a great endorsement,’’ he said.

Archard has three horses racing, Cornish and Gaskin two and Johnstone has two confirmed and two horses waiting as the first emergency.

The day’s last two races will also see heat four of the Murray Mallee winter stayers and sprint series, of which the stayers final will be held at Echuca on August 18.

The series is a joint initiative of the Echuca, Swan Hill and Mildura racing clubs.

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