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Harness racing plans big season

Wednesday, 30th December, 2020

Ashleigh Camilleri powered home on board Elect To Rock, winning the Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup this year. Ashleigh Camilleri powered home on board Elect To Rock, winning the Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup this year.

By Myles Burt

Harness Racing is set to return to Broken Hill as meetings will officially kick off on Saturday, February 6.

The 2021 season will host 10 weeks of race meetings with the popular Carnival of Cups to be held on Friday, March 12, alongside St Pat’s Races on Saturday, March  13.

Broken Hill Harness Racing Club president Tracey Robinson said the two big racing events, gave locals and travellers a full racing weekend.

Ms Robinson said they’re lots of giveaway in the Carnival of Cups with free entry to win a car.

“It’s always a good crowd, always a good night,” Ms Robinson said.

Organising drivers for the Carnival of Cups event is still in the works, however Ms Robinson said the Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup with a prize of $14,000 is always highly sought after and a crowd favourite.

“Hopefully that will attract more from away, but there’s always locals,” Ms Robinson said.

“Always got to back the locals.”

Ms Robinson said they’ve had a very good response from locals about Harness Racing going ahead for 2021. Ms Robinson said the club never doubted that the racing season wouldn’t go ahead, just whether a crowd would be allowed or not due to COVID-19. 

Ms Robinson said Harness Racing NSW has been very supportive and been good in making sure 2021 goes ahead for local harness racing.

“We’ve got the all clear to go ahead with a full crowd,” Ms Robinson said.

“There are a few COVID restrictions we’ve got to abide by with plans and that, but nothing we can’t work with and we’re all set to go.”

Ms Robinson said she would like to reaffirm locals that the Broken Hill Harness Racing Club haven’t been cut back from their normal 10 meetings, and were never at any risk of being cut back. Ms Robinson said Harness Racing NSW have always promised 10 meetings and the club has been abiding to COVID measures.

“We’ve got 10 meetings and we’ll be staying at 10 meetings,” Ms Robinson said.

Ms Robinson said anyone looking to get involved in the Broken Hill Harness Racing Club whether it be regarding racing, horses or a syndicate are encouraged to contact them on 08 8088 4514 or a club member.

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