Carnival Of Cups rolls into Penrith

01:01 AM 18 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Scandalman - nearing his best.
The TAB Carnival Of Cups will be in full swing over the Christmas and New Year period and Penrith will host a big meeting this Thursday night. The Max Laughton Carnival Of Cups is race five and is the feature race on the card and has attracted a star studded line-up including last start Treuer Memorial winner Washakie.

The placegetters from the Treuer Memorial will also compete in Thursday's event with Scandalman looking to return to the winners' list for the first time this campaign after finishing second in Bankstown's Gr. 1 while Freyberg will enjoy returning to the mobile start conditions after finishing down the track in last week's Newcastle Cup.

Scandalman's driver Jim Douglass has been happy with the improvement that the five year old stallion has shown this preparation and is expecting the son of Live Or Die to continue on the upward spiral.

"During his spell he got very fat and it has taken Ian (Wilson trainer) a while to get him back into peak condition, he had four trials and now with four runs under his belt he is getting back to something like his best," Douglass said.

"Ian decided against going to the Newcastle Cup with Scandalman because he had raced weekly since resuming and that will be a bonus going forward."

Scandalman will get his chance to turn the tables on Washakie after drawing barrier one in Thursday's feature event.

People trackside will be well catered for and with free entry the club is hoping for a bumper crowd. The first of nine races will begin at 6:12pm and there are a number of strong support races on the card.

Just by being on course at Penrith on Thursday, patrons will get the chance to go into the draw to win a brand new Toyota Yaris with the winner to be announced at the Harness Racing New South Wales Awards Night next October. Thirty entrants are drawn from all the participating Carnival Of Cup tracks across New South Wales and last year's winner of the car was the Penrith entrant.

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |



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