Day At The Track

Junee Cup Night a special one for Harpley

11:26 AM 22 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Frith & Bruce Harpley
Junee trainer Bruce Harpley will not have a runner in his hometown Cup this Saturday night but is still looking forward to the Carnival Of Cups meeting for a special reason. Along with the Junee Cup, the club will also run two memorial races in memory of his hard working parents Allan and Phyllis Harpley.

"Junee Cup night is always a very special one for me and the entire family because of the races the club runs for Mum and Dad, it is always a very emotional night for me and while I won't have a runner in either of the races this year, there will be a fair part of the extended family on track to remember my parents," Harpley said.

"There will be somewhere between 20 and 30 family members there and it is always nice to sit back and realise that the locals appreciate just how much Mum and Dad put into the club, without them and their input over the years the club would be a shadow of itself today."

Harpley has eight horses in work currently and while he admits most of them will be targeted at races later in the season he will start Sokys Bigbullet this Saturday night.

"Sokys Bigbullet has had three runs back this season and he is still yet to win one but he has run in some very fast races this campaign, you have a look at some of the closing sectionals he has been involved in and a few years ago horses in the Junee Cup wouldn't have been able to run times like that."

"I think it is a spin off from the Menangle track that we are seeing right around New South Wales, the times are getting better and better."

Stable star Frith has been back at Harpley's stable for just over a week but Harpley is unsure of when and where she will return to the track.

"Good question, the programmes in New South Wales aren't out which makes it hard but sometime in late March or early April."

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







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