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.
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Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
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A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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