Day At The Track

Easter parades on Penrith & other NSW news

04:35 AM 12 Mar 2012 NZDT
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March 15 and April 5 are the harness racing dates when Penrith Paceway will program two of their main feature events for 2012. This Thursday (March 15) starts the ball rolling with the running of the $15,000 Chippys/PFD Cup, a C6 & better mobile over 2525m, that always attracts an excellent and competitive field of horses.

The Chippys/PFD Cup is regarded as a lead up for most of the horses that will be setting their sights on Easter Eve running of the prestigious Renshaw Cup.

Thursday April 5, the night prior to Good Friday, will be a night of nights for participants and viewing public.

The $50,000 Schweppes Renshaw Cup of course will be the main attraction but with supporting races with purses of $12,000 the racing in all events will provide a thrilling spectacle from the Paceways top class facilities.

The Renshaw Cup was named in honour of Dr Maurice Renshaw AM, who was the President at the Paceway for 25 years and was instrumental in obtaining the licence for harness Racing at Penrith in 1964.

Easter Eve will see plenty happening at the Penrith for all ages. There will be entertainment from Bands, the Children's Playground and Jumping Castles. However, the big event for the children will be the arrival of the Easter Bunny after the running of the Schweppes Renshaw Cup.

There will be a racebook promotion for some lucky person to win an accommodation package to be drawn after the main race.

LEADING NSW BREEDERS BACK BATHURST SALE

Many of New South Wales' leading stud farms have thrown their support behind this year's Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale with quality stock.

The sale, to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo, will be held at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 25 during the annual Bathurst Gold Crown carnival.

Golden Gait Stud, Canowindra, of Wayne and Anne Lamb, will offer the biggest draft of 18 yearlings including 10 from the first crop of the Breeders Crown champion Flightpath and three by the US 2YO Colt of the Year Major In Art.

The highlight of the Yirribee Pacing Stud consignment of 16 will be four yearlings by the exciting US import Stonebridge Regal and two by former Victorian pacing standout Robin Hood.

Doug and Janet Moore's Brooklyn Lodge will offer eight yearlings including close relatives of Lady Euthenia and Hezgotattitude, while the Carmody clan of Maitland has a draft of 11, eight of which are by Smoken Up's sire Tinted Cloud.

Medowie Lodge's seven-strong draft is headed up by a half-brother to Run Albert Run and the only colt in the sale by the Inter Dominion champion and Little Brown Jug winner Mr Feelgood.

Ray and Anne Grubb, who sell under the banner of Sutton Lodge, will put five youngsters under the hammer including a pair of fillies by Armbro Operative and a colt by Village Jasper.

Andrew Daniels, of Calderwood Farm, has a draft of four yearlings, while Ken and Sue Smith, of Mimosa Banks Stud, also have four headed up by a Grinfromeartoear colt from the same maternal family as Rocknrolla and Sky Tower.

A number of leading interstate breeders are represented at the sale including Victoria's Alabar Bloodstock with six entries including a ‘Grin' colt from the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo, and Cold Mountain Stud from Brisbane whose eight-strong draft contains five by the 1:49 US import Gold Dust Beach.

Kevin Newbound, a long-time supporter of the Bathurst sale, has entered four yearlings for this year's edition headed up by a Kenneth J filly out of the multiple Group 1 filly My Cherie.

Grenada Park's Helen Head will offer two fillies, one an Art Major half-sister to Derby winner Lively Exit and the other a Christian Cullen half-sister to Garnet River, also a Derby winner. Both look certain to attract keen competition by buyers.

Other prominent Victorian breeders represented at the sale include Brian and Graeme Gourley, Peter Gleeson, John Nalder, Jane Hearn and Ross Simpson.

APG HEATS HIGHLIGHT AN EXCEPTIONAL MENANGLE RACE-CARD:

Heats of the three-year-old Australian Pacing Gold will highlight an exciting nine race programme at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow afternoon.

Classy Queenslander The Archduchess will be well fancied in the first heat for the fillies. She led in defeatingLettucereason at Menangle three runs back then attempted to do the same in a heat of the NSW Oaks in finishing a respectable second to La Machane. The filly then choked down at the 800m in the Oaks a week later in tailing out to finish a distant last to Marquess DePosh and has trialled well since.

Lettucereason will again play a big part in thefinish as the filly wasn't disgraced in finishing a fifth to Marquess De Posh in the NSW Oaks two weeks ago.

The second heat for the fillies will see the classy Louvre as the one to beat. The winner of 10 of her 16 assignments, the Victorian missed a spot in the NSW Oaks in finishing a solid fifth to La Machane in a heat, before coming out a week later indefeating Three Over Three and Snap To It.

Smart Qld filly Rosa Machmust be seen as a definite threat. The filly is unbeaten in two previous starts at Menangle, and will certainly appreciate gate one.

The 3YO colts and geldings step out for a heat of the APG, and the Jayne Davies-trained Soho Valencia will start a well fancied elect. The classy coltis unbeaten in two runs since a spell, the latter overcoming a second row draw and a four peg role in defeating Night Affair and Driving Withtess at Melton on Mar 2. Boasting 12 wins and 5 placings from 19 starts, Soho Valencia should appreciate this track.

Grand Stride was most impressive in defeating Victoria Derby heat winner Major Post at Goulburn on March 5, when he worked outside of the runner-up for most of the trip, prior to sprinting clear at the 150 metres mark. Ideally drawn, thecolt does have home town advantage.

The second heat for the males is a beauty. Major Post should prove hard to beat afterdrawing suitably. Following his fifteen metre 6th to Scandalman in the Victoria Derby, the gelding then scored at Menangle before leading, as a $1.40 chance, when a 10.8m 2nd to Grand Stride. Expect Major Post to make amends.

Macca Kelly followed a Young win with an effortless 41.9m victory at Wagga on March 2, defeating Depompide and Jack Rustler, with the runner-up winning at his next start. From the good draw the Wagga visitor will make his presence felt.

Medal Of Honour resumed with a disappointing effort in the race won by Hot Shot Lavros here on Feb 4,but had excuses. The gelding then worked home strongly when a 1.5m second to Fire At Will at Menangle last week. He is smart when right.

Soho Highroller looms as a big threat in the third and final heat. He ended his previous term of racing with a win at Stawell last Aug, prior to resuming with a solid win at Shepparton on February 27. The colt has since finished aclose fourth to Soho Valencia at Melton 2, which will have him nearingpeak fitness for this challenge.

Victorian colt Philadelphia Man finished a solid eleven fourth to Major Post in a heat of the Victoria Derby before finishing down the course behind Scandalman in the 'blue ribbon' event.

He is talented and will be a major player.

The first of nine tomorrow is set down for 1.30PM.

Nancy O'GRADY

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