Carnival Of Cups $50,000 bonus on offer

03:06 AM 01 Oct 2009 NZDT
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The Parkes, Young and Bathurst Harness Racing Clubs are pleased to announce the introduction of a $50,000 bonus in relation to their individual 2009/2010 Carnival of Cup feature races. The clubs have banded together to offer an added incentive to trainers with regard to the 'feature' race each club shall host as part of their Carnival of Cup meeting - all within a one month time frame, in the form of a $50 000 bonus should the same horse win all three races.

Bathurst shall kick off this series on Monday 28 December 2009 (Boxing Day) with the Shirley Turnbull Memorial, with the Young Cup to follow six days later on Sunday January 3, 2010, whilst Parkes shall be the final club to race on Tuesday 26 January 2010 (Australia Day) with their Gold Cup.

The current brief outline of this innovative opportunity to date is that should the same horse win all three feature races over this one month period, an additional $50,000 shall be provided to the winning trainer.

Further details shall be available as we draw closer to these race dates (ie race programming, The three (3) country clubs are offering this incentive to draw the best trainers to their meetings. ‘If you can attract the top trainers you will attract the top horses and the people will follow' Danny Dwyer (Bathurst CEO) said.

‘The clubs agree a $50 000.00 bonus will provide significant encouragement to all trainers who believe they may have the horse to win all three cups'. For further comment from individual clubs please call: Danny Dwyer (Bathurst) 02 6333 5000, Brian Ingram (Young) 0417 233 687, Peta Howarth (Parkes) 02 6862 5966.

LET'S GO RACING SYNDICATE HORSE - BANJO SHANNON - FINISHES SECOND

Bathurst Harness Racing Club's Syndicate Members (Lets Go Racing) are celebrating today (Thursday October 1) with their horse Banjo Shannon taking to the track last night with his first start & taking out a placing.

As part of Bathurst's seven race program last night, Banjo Shannon took to the track for his first start in race five, with Ashlee Siejka aboard. He came from gate three and on the bell lap came from behind to sit 3-wide without cover.

The son of Stature settled in behind leader Ollytheorphantooth who in the end took out the race. Trackside Banjo Shannon was cheered on my many of the Syndicate Members & keen spectators fromthe general public.

Syndicate members were hosted to a private function trackside by Syndicate Manager/Bathurst Board Member Wayne Loader, with club staff Danny Dwyer, Fiona McWilliam & Marianne Donnelly - with close to half the syndicate members in attendance.

The group was joined by Peter & Marie Neil who have supported this syndication from its inception and have kindly provided Banjo Shannon from their training stable. Jack Butler - trainer of Banjo Shannon - was pleased with his run, and will monitor how Banjo recovers the next day or so, with the hope of racing him again at Bathurst next week (nominations close Friday 2 October at 10am & fields released by close of business the same day).

Fiona MCWILLIAM

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