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.
Three vehicles were involved in a collision on the Midland Hwy near Tatura yesterday.
Mulwala opened the encounter against Congupna in attacking form getting in first use of the ball out of the centre and driving it forward to the fast leading Troy Taylor.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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