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Trots Shave for a Cure

Friday, 24th April, 2009

Harness racing returns to Sunday this weekend with the first race scheduled for 12.30pm.

It promises to be a fun day with plenty of activities, and is being held in support of Shave for a Cure, which raises money for leukemia research. Local harness racing stars will feature bald and coloured heads. Races will be hotly contested and Mildura trainer Pud McDonald has two entered. McDonald's three-year-old Uturnmeon has drawn the pole in the first race and looks a likely winner in a good field. Jaypac, returning after sickness, looks well and should be running on for second. Up To Date ran a good race in Mildura on Thursday night, finishing fifth, and must rate a place chance. The new horse for the Raz Slater stables, Ok Whose Next, had to requalify for mobile starts but has been racing in much tougher company so shouldn't be dismissed.

Race two is the Bakana Bilby Pace for all the kids out there. It is for horses with one to four wins and brings together an excellent field of six. Wrath Of Pain, who has drawn a wide barrier showed us that he has plenty of gate speed after getting to a good spot in Mildura from gate 6. Over the 1900m journey he will be hard to beat. For second, you can't go past Globe Vauxall for Raz Slater, who has won his last two starts on the local track, including taking the cake last start in the Sturt Club Cup. From the back line he may find it different, but has a good sprint and will be there in the end. For third Rocktomorrow, who has had a few hard runs of late in the death but will get a nice sit and will be running on in the end. A first starter on the local track, Renrow, has again been racing in tougher company but may be thereabouts. Race three brings together a good even field of six runners and will be a good one to watch. Bubblewrap, the classy little bay gelding that has proved was a bargain horse, has drawn barrier three and will be looking to take a sit and use his sprint to come into this race 200m from home. Driver Ash Camilleri will be looking for her second win and may just get there. Miss Business ran third last start and seems to be on the improve. From the one gate she may find the lead and be hard to run down over the 1900m journey.

For third Barnover Cecil, for Ray Oates, will be looking to improve on past runs and the short break would have helped him overcome his fatigue. New horse in the Pimm stable, Village Karma, will be running on and has been racing in tougher company. Race four is the fast class event. It brings together a good field of runners with Tact Chester looking the likely favourite. After his strong run in Mildura on Thursday night for a third spot he seems to be the favourite here and from the two gate will be looking to control the race. For second you can't go past the ever consistent Lady Guest, who has been running on very well since her break a few weeks back. We probably won't have her around Broken Hill for long as she is up for sale and will be snapped up in no time. Meganite has put up a few good runs of late and looks to be on the improve and is a good third place chance. Slush Fund will find it hard to overcome his back line draw over the 1900m mark but he is a tough horse and shouldn't be overlooked. The fifth race brings together an even field of seven. Promising Deal from the one gate will be hard to beat and has been running some super races since changing stables. She looks the winner here from Daveydee, who had a mishap in a heat in Mildura last start and galloped away from the mobile and then trailed the field. He is a strong type who goes better with a sit. For third, you can't rule out Mateoh, who easily led and won last start from the five barrier and again will take some beating. Smart Cecil, for Ray Oates, hasn't yet started firing on all cylinders but when he does he will be a force to be reckoned with. Sunday marks the 12th and second last meeting for the season. The usual amenities will be available with canteen, bar, TAB, tote and local bookmakers on course. Next week is the final meeting of the season and there will be free entry to all. There will be lots of fun activities and the annual tug-o-war will be back. Join now for your chance to win $1000 cash plus other prizes. Patrons are invited to celebrate the wind-up after the trots at the Sturt Club beer garden.

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