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Free entry at Echuca harness meet

'Thongs on Thursday' theme encourages crowd to wear boardies and thongs to event.

January 24, 2013 4:18am

14-year-old Echuca College student Drew Walker will sing the national anthem at 9.15pm.

The action could be frenzied on and off the track at tonight’s Echuca Harness Racing Club meeting with the committee deciding to make it a free entry meeting.

With temperatures tipped to be in the high 30s, the ‘race to the gate’ could provide the first ‘photo finish’ for the evening.

In a club promotion, the first 100 patrons wearing board shots and thongs will receive a $3 betting voucher.

So with the hot weather predicted, this attire should be appropriate for the evening.

EHRC secretary Jane Bowman said an added attraction would be the singing of the national anthem by 14-year-old Echuca College student Drew Walker, who will perform at 9.15pm.

‘‘If people want to be wowed, come and listen to her,’’ Bowman said.

The on-track action should also be quite hot with a top eight-race card.

With capacity or near capacity fields in every race, local and district trainers look to be in with a good chance of collecting some of the spoils.

Elmore trainer Keith Cotchin has Chicquita Bromac engaged in the second race for CO only class pacers and from barrier two with top reinsman Greg Sugars aboard should be hard to toss.

Club committeeman Trevor Galloway looks to have a great each-way chance in the third race for CO only class horses with Algabonyia, who resumed racing with a promising second on the track at the last meeting on January 1.

She has drawn favourably in barrier three.

One of her main dangers will be the Neville Welsh-trained Miss Ruthless.

Another Elmore pacer Dynamite Dud is an each-way chance in the fourth race for C1 class pacers despite a back row draw and a handy field of rivals, including the promising Ben Gledhill-trained and driven Waynesfirst, who is resuming but had won his last two outings before going for a spell.

In race five, the Cotchin-trained Dobop looks a strong winning chance with the Mark Thompson-trained Woke Up Tired in with each-way claims in the race.

In the penultimate event and fast class event for C4-6 class horses, the Steve Lindberg-trained and driven Bon Jovi will attempt to get back in the winner’s circle while the Kyabram-trained Bevstuanmarylu has drawn favourably to run an improved race.

Patient punters sticking with the district hopes could go home winning if the Gavin Blake-trained Robbie Zuve is on his best behaviour.

Robbie Zuve has drawn the inside of five 10m markers in the 2530m event and looks better than his rivals providing he trots all the way.

Plenty of entertainment would be available for children, made possible by funding from Racing Minister Denis Napthine, Bowman said.

‘‘Come down and celebrate the end of school holidays,’’ she said.

‘‘It is the last hurrah before school.’’

Activities include face painting, 100 show bags, a bucking bull, icy poles and a jumping castle.

As part of the ‘thongs on Thursday’ theme, other activities include a thong throwing competition and best dressed boardies and thongs.

Gates open at 5.30pm before the first race at 6.27pm, while the last race is at 10pm.

Courtesy buses will transport patrons from Moama Bowling Club, Echuca Caravan Park, The Bridge Hotel and the Calendonian to the course from 5.30pm to 7pm, and will return 15 minutes after the last race.

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