Want to watch one of the fastest ever pacing events in the history of New Zealand harness racing?
Then Dunedin is the place to be this Friday night (December 13).
Forbury Park General Manager, Zelda Jordan, has confirmed that more than 350 people have confirmed that they will be there for the ‘Christmas Party’ meeting.
It’s also the Mitre-10 Dash-For-Cash night where two heats and a final will be competed over six furlongs, three quarters of a mile, or in today’s language a 1200m mobile.
“This is a Forbury first and we are excited about this new concept. It allows for horses who are usually quick out of the gate and then struggle at the end of say a 2200m or 2700m race.”
“There have been 1207m races before but this is the first I have heard of a 1200m mobile,” Jordan said.
The Harness Racing New Zealand record books have no recognition of 1200m mobile races, therefore whoever wins the first heat on Friday will be the new national record holder.
The two $6,000 Mitre 10 Dash-For-Cash heats will cater for the C1 four-year-and-older pacers. Then later in the evening the $8,000 final will be raced.
“It will be a night of attrition with the fastest and fittest horse left the winner. Hopefully the night is a success and it this is something that we can stage again,” Jordan said.
“Every horse that finishes from fourth to ninth will get $250,” she added.
The concept is the brainchild of Jordan and the club’s president and vice president Peter Gillespie and Graeme Anderson, and chairman of the Board John Henderson.
Forbury Park is a 1007m track, therefore the nine runners will start from the top of the straight and complete just one lap. Jordan said there would be seven across the front and two on the second row.
“This is a good chance for horses that perhaps might not win another race to burn out of the gate and try and hang on all the way.
“It’s a perfect series for quick starters and with the new drop back system there are a lot of C1 horses that are looking for opportunities,” Jordan said.
She hoped the three races would win over both horsemen and the public.
“It should be a great spectacle. We want to win over the punters so they will be back for more next year. Dash races in greyhounds have proved popular with gamblers and there’s no reason why it can’t be the same here,” Jordan said.
On 15 September 2009 the Manukau Club ran sprint heats and a final on the same day as tote races. Officially the distance was 1188m as the Alexandra Park starting point did not allow for exactly 1200m.
By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harnes Racing New Zealand)
*Due to lack of nominations the Dash For Cash in now bein run as a straight final. Below is the field.
|Race 6 [8:30pm]||MITRE 10 DASH FOR CASH SPRINT MOBILE PACE $8000, 4YO & OLDER C1, 1200m Racebook Gear|
|For C1 4yo-&-older pacers.|
|1||364608||5||g||Mystery Boy||C1||1||Front||Tim Williams||J H Gameson|
|2||75767X||8||g||Seefeel Bluechip||C1||2||Front||Kirstin Barclay||T Kilkelly|
|3||90X071||4||h||One Dot Domino||C1||3||Front||Jonny Cox||D J Simpson|
|4||700580||10||g||Jaspers Blue Jean||E2||C1||4||Front||Steven Golding(J)||E J Latimer|
|5||34575X||6||g||Ronnoco||C1||5||Front||Robin Swain||Mrs K M O'Connor|
|6||073559||4||g||Alexy||C1||6||Front||Brad Williamson(J)||B R Negus|
|7||826058||4||g||Kaylea Bolter||E1||C1||7||Front||W D Keeler|
|---------------------------- Second Line ----------------------------|
|8||935585||5||m||Infrequently||C1||8||Front||Nathan Williamson||G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight|
|9||755331||5||g||The Witch Doctor||C1||9||Front||Andrew Armour||G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight|
|10||740X39||4||m||Shard N Awe||C1||10||Front||Ricky May||G J Anderson|
|11||8475X4||6||m||Live Life Betta||C1||11||Front||Jason Thomas(J)||D W Paterson|
Mitchell Robertson selects: Mystery Boy, Ronnoco, Infrequently