Day At The Track

Echuca's Easter tradition continues

05:08 AM 07 Apr 2009 NZST
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Sun of Iris - A 4 Year old son of Sundon
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Easter Saturday is no longer home to the Echuca Cup, but the 2009 Easter weekend won't pass without some harness action at Frank Ryan Raceway. On Saturday night the Echuca Harness Racing Club will host an eight-race card.

The feature event is the $8000 J A Connelly Crystal Bucket, a leg of the Melton Saddlery Maori's Idol Trophy Series, which brings together two of Victorian trotting's rising stars, Sun Of Iris and Dream A Moment.

Sun Of Iris, a Sundon 5-year-old gelding, is backing up after accounting for established performers Billy Royle and Just Glorious in last week's Group 3 Coulter Crown at Moonee Valley, while Dream A Moment has won four of his past five.

Sun Of Iris is the lone backmarker off 20 metres in the 2530m handicap, while Dream A Moment shares the 10-metre line with Outlooking.

Adding to the depth of the race are Kyvalley Mirage (one), Armed Guard (two) and Enotheque (four), who will all get their chance after drawing well off the front line.

Along with the Crystal Bucket the card features the $8000 Eureka Series Final for C0s who qualified via heats at Kilmore, Cobram, Ballarat, Cranbourne and Charlton and the $6500 Hardcorp Trading Easter Cup.

But on the track isn't the only place there will be plenty happening, with the EHRC enlisting a range of on-course activities to keep patrons entertained between races.

There will be a host of free children's activities, including a jumping castle and face painting, and what would an Easter meeting be without a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Youngsters will also be in action on the track with the ever-popular Pony Trot making a return.

Gates open at 5.30pm, with the first race at 6.25pm, and admission is just $10 for adults, $5 concession with children admitted free.

Ballarat Broadcast On 927

Harness fans keen to watch the action from Thursday night's Ballarat meeting will have to get to Bray Raceway, but those who can't do so can still keep up to date with what's happening via radio.

Sport 927 will provide full coverage of the nine-race card, which commences at 6.21pm and carries full TAB status.

Sky Channel is unable to cover the fixture, which clashes with an existing commitment to telecast the Moonee Valley gallops program.

As usual, last-lap replays will be available on the results page of www.harness.org.au around 15 minutes after each race.

In an effort to encourage as many harness fans as possible to get trackside, the Ballarat District Trotting Club is offering free admission to what is the first meeting of a bumper Easter weekend's racing.

The card features the Active Electrical Distributors Pace features Jubilee Ball, Yes I Can, Mister Rhys, Totally Oro and Bad All Over and will be a highlight at 9.24pm.

It also includes two heats of a C1-C2 Pace for which a $5500 final will be run at Ballarat on April 17.

Brad BISHOP

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