There is plenty of money on offer for contestants at tomorrow night's big Shepparton Gold Cup meeting, which has attracted quality fields.GUS UNDERWOOD January 17, 2014 4:20am
Pacers and trotters will be trying for a slice of a whopping $153
The two feature races on the card, the Shepparton Gold Cup is worth $50
Then there is the inaugural Graeme Head Memorial Three-Year-Old Classic for three-year-old pacers that carries prizemoney of $15
There is also the Ausure Insurance Brokers Classics for two-year-old pacing fillies, colts and geldings, with each carrying a $15
And the last of the 10 races on the card, a heat of the Vicbred Trotting Mares Sprint Championship, is worth $10
The George Gath has most of the stars of Victorian trotting engaged, including the district-trained My High Expectations and Kyvalley Blur, who fought out the finish of the Maori Mile last Saturday night at Bendigo meeting.
The two two-year-old classics have added interest with two pacers chasing hat-tricks in their respective races.
The David Jack-trained and driven Call Her Julie, who contests the fillies division, has won at Shepparton and Geelong at her first two starts, while the Leigh Miles-trained Wemen Sporty, who contests the colts and geldings division, has also had two starts for two wins.
Shepparton Harness Racing Club officials are confident the appearance of Smoken Up in the Shepparton Gold Cup could increase the crowd attendance at the meeting by 500 to 1000 people.
‘‘This is the first time Smoken Up has raced at Shepparton and there will be a lot of people who will come to this meeting just to see him,’’ the club’s general manager Ian McDonald said.
McDonald said a popular winner of the cup would be Wartime Sweetheart or Smudge Bromac, who John Brain’s Shepparton syndicate owns.
‘‘John is battling health problems and it would be great if one of those horses could win for him and the boys in the syndicate,’’ McDonald said.
McDonald said another drawcard would be Yankee Rockstar, who is contesting the Graeme Head Memorial for three-year-olds.
‘‘He’s regarded as a future superstar and his appearance will also create huge interest. But there is depth and talent in every race and it’s going to be a memorable night’s racing,’’ McDonald said.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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