Australia's most glamorous racing meeting

05:01 AM 22 Mar 2012 NZDT
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Harness Racing Victoria

The fillies and mares will be out and about at Melton's Tabcorp Park this Friday (March 23) for what has become the most glamorous harness racing meeting on the Australian harness racing calendar.

The annual Girls Night Out for a Good Cause will feature the running of the Lyn McPherson Breed For Speed series finals on the track; while off-track the irrepressible Toni Tenaglia and Stick Mareebo from Mix101.1FM will host the evening.

The Pampered Princess Pavilion, Luxury Ladies Lounge and Fashions on the Field, which were all made possible by the Race Day Attraction Fund provided by Minister For Racing Dr Denis Napthine and the Victorian Coalition Government, will also keep racegoers relaxed and entertained.

The night was setup in honour of the wife of prominent harness racing identity Duncan McPherson, Lyn, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2009.

"One of my late wife’s greatest wishes was that her legacy live on in our support of the Ovarian Cancer Institute, so this (the fundraising side of the evening) was really just a perfect fit,” McPherson said.

Powerhouse trotting trainer Chris Lang holds keys in the Bronze, Silver and Gold series finals on Friday night.

In the Gold final, Lang will gear up two former Kiwis in Topnotch Dream and Dealornodeal, with Nigel Milne to drive the former and Lang aboard the latter.

The pair comes through the same race at Shepparton, which Dealornodeal won in impressive fashion despite going slightly roughly rounding the final turn.

It was the five-year-old mare’s third straight win since arriving Down Under and her 10th career success from 38 runs.

Topnotch Dream led them up at Shepparton before battling away strongly in the straight. The five-year-old daughter of Dream Vacation has drawn well in four and should go forward and prove hard to run down.

Polemarker Cold Sister split the Lang runners last start at Shepparton and has drawn to be right in the action again. The daughter of Like A Prayer, a four-year-old, should get the run of the race and an exciting finish looks likely.

In the fast class race for pacers on Friday night a strong field of free-for-all runners has been assembled.

Last start winners Make Mine Cullen and Standelle have drawn the back row in the Contexx Pty Ltd Markovina Free For All, while bombproof veteran Cincinnati Kid has drawn inside the back row for trainer-driver Mark Peace.

A strong field has also been put together for the Form 700 Pty Ltd Rising Stars Pace Final, with Keayang Cullen, Jadahson and Eton Bromac all going in on significant winning streaks.

The first race on what promises to be a huge night of harness racing in Melton kicks off at 6.11pm.

Jason BONNINGTON

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