Day At The Track

Geoff Webster targets big money at Menangle

11:21 PM 12 Dec 2012 NZDT
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Respected Victorian trainer Geoff Webster has decided to head to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night despite the Victoria Cup meeting being run at Melton on the same night.

The Webster stable will be represented in the Gr. 1 Dullard Trotters Cup at Melton by Mister Zion with Emmett Brosnan remaining in Melbourne for the drive.

"I will bring the team to Sydney on Saturday night and am planning to remain up there for another week because there is a nice race for Flaming Flutter at Menangle on Saturday week," Webster said.

"The three horses I am bringing this week are Kotare Roland, Our Arlington and Real Hammer and all of them are racing really well so hopefully they can perform as well as they have been down here in Victoria."

Kotare Roland will compete in heat five of the Christmas Gift and has won his past three starts.

"He went 1:58 over the 2200 metres at Ballarat last start and that is a pretty good time around there so I thought he deserved a chance to race for the better metropolitan prizemoney in New South Wales."

"Kotare Roland has shown very good speed in his latest wins and he's definitely got a little better this time in so hopefully he continues on that upward spiral."

Real Hammer will compete in race six on Saturday night while Our Arlington is engaged in the fifth race.

"Real Hammer gets the chance to race in a C3 to C5 and it is worth $12,000, he got beaten in 1:55.8 last start at Melton so he should be competitive. Our Arlington is a country cup horse in Victoria that didn't handle the standing start last start and has his fair share of ability when he does everything right."

"Flaming Flutter is the best horse potentially I have in my stable and I am going to target the Victoria and New South Wales Derby with him, I might even take him to South Australia for their derby if everything fits into his campaign, but with no races for him at home in Victoria it makes sense to get him up to New South Wales."

$50,000 UP FOR GRABS AT MAITLAND

The Maitland Harness Racing Club could not be happier with the lead up to the 50thrunning of the Intercity Pace. With the five heats being run on the 30thDecember for the first time at Maitland since 2004, the Intercity Pace final with $50,000 up for grabs, is expected to attract horses from all over the east coast to contest this most popular January 5 event.

"We haven't had the heats for some years now and with it being such an important event for not only the club, but Maitland itself we expect record nominations and a huge crowd, said Events and Promotions Manager Glen Parsons.

"It is a real week of festivities with having both meetings held at Maitland.

"Early thoughts are that the local trainers seem to have the edge on those visitors due to the unique nature of the Maitland track."

"It is a tighter turning track that most in New South Wales but trainers certainly embrace our facilities and the track races very well with horses having the ability to win from the front or making their run from the rear of the field."

Maitland hosted a Sunday restricted class event on last Sunday having scheduled just six races but had to extend the race program to eight after 97 nominations were received. It is expected that this trend will continue with the Intercity Pace carnival being very popular with locals and those travelling from interstate.

A barrier draw for the final will be held on Wednesday 2ndJanuary at the Commercial Hotel, Morpeth with a Calcutta being held on Friday 4thJanuary at the same venue.

Courtesy of HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Kotare Roland winning at Ballarat on December 1:

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