Day At The Track

Tracks combine for a $300,000 carnival

03:20 PM 09 Dec 2016 NZDT
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Condagen Goulburn Cup 2016 Canberra Harness Racing Club
Condagen Goulburn Cup 2016
Canberra Harness Racing Club

The Canberra and Goulburn Harness Racing Clubs have unveiled plans for a combined $300,000 summer carnival of harness racing to be run over four consecutive Sundays in January and February of 2017.

Headlining the racing are the $31,800 Frank and Edna Day Goulburn Cup, the $25,000 Canberra Cup, and the $19,080 Goulburn Soldiers Club Goulburn Rose.

Both clubs have also introduced new feature races for three-year-old pacers, spearheaded by the $15,000 Canberra Derby and the $15,000 Canberra Oaks.

Commencing on January 15 with the Hewitt Memorial and Walla Walla Stakes race day at Goulburn, the action turns to Canberra on the January 22 where the Canberra Oaks and Derby will be decided.

The focus then returns to Goulburn on the January 29 for that Club's TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups race day, before winding up on February 5 with the Canberra Cup meeting.

Both Clubs have coordinated their programmes to maximise the opportunities for participants and fans alike according to Goulburn secretary Mark Croatto.

"This is only the start for what we hope will be a very productive season for both clubs," Croatto said.

Canberra Club President, Wayne Gowland, is hopeful the summer carnival will bring a renewed interest to harness racing in Canberra and Goulburn, attracting owners, trainers and horses from far and wide to the region.

"The on-course stabling and training facility in Canberra allows us to accommodate trainers for as long as they wish at a very affordable price," Gowland said.

"They can race in Canberra and Goulburn during the Carnival and take in the many sites and tourist destinations of the Canberra region during their stay."

With the two Clubs only 50 minutes apart it makes common sense for the two organisations to work closely together in not only providing the very best product for the harness industry but to take full advantage of the benefits in promoting racing across the Canberra and Southern Tablelands Region under one banner.

Canberra and Goulburn race a total of 30 meetings per year with racing commencing in November and winding up in June.

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HIGHLIGHTS - GOULBURN CANBERRA SUMMER CARNIVAL

Sunday 15th January - $64,520

Hewitt Memorial C2-C4 $12,720 (Winner exempt ballot Canberra Cup)

Walla Walla Stakes C4 & better $12,720

AGL Menangle Country Series 4YO C0 only $10,000

AGL Menangle Country Series 4YO C2 only $10,000

 

Sunday 22nd January - $56,000

TAB Canberra Derby 3CO & better (C & G) $15,000

TAB Canberra Oaks 3CO & better (Fillies) $15,000

Heats Henry Rixon Memorial 4YO C0 only $3,500

Heats Ackie Hawke Memorial C1-C2 $3,500

Heats Canberra Cup C3-C6 $6,000

 

Sunday 29th January - $101,760

Frank & Edna Day Goulburn Cup C6 or better $31,800

Goulburn Soldiers Club Goulburn Rose C2-C4 $19,080

Goulburn Guineas 3CO or better (C & G) $12,720

Goulburn Mulwaree City 3YO Fillies Stakes $12,720

 

Sunday 5th February - $75,000

TAB Canberra Cup C3-C6 $25,000

Ackie Hawke Memorial C1-C2 $10,000

Henry Rixon Memorial 4YO C0 only $10,000

Len Cornock 2YO Canberra Sapling Stakes $10,000

 

MEETING PROGRAMS:

Goulburn http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=LM150117&state=nsw

Canberra http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=CB220117&state=nsw

Goulburn http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=LM290117&state=nsw

Canberra http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=CB050217&state=nsw

AMANDA RANDO

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