Bathurst to host the Carnival of Cups

11:50 AM 24 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Ashlee Siejka
The TAB Carnival Of Cups will be in full swing over the Christmas and New Year period and Bathurst will host a big meeting this Thursday night (Boxing Day night). The Shirley Turnbull Memorial is the feature race on the programme and has attracted a strong field but there is plenty of interest in another "event" on the card.

The club will host a Guys vs Dolls Pursuit Race which will see two teams of pacers compete on opposite sides of the track, similar to a pursuit race in track cycling and race organiser Terry Neil is expecting the on track crowd to enjoy the spectacle.

"This will be the second year the club is holding the event and we are hoping to make it a regular part of the Shirley Turnbull Memorial meeting," Neil said.

"Each team consists of four drivers, the guys team is John O'Shea, Max Hughes, Sam Hewitt and Trent Rue, the dolls team won last year and is unchanged, Amanda Turnbull, Ashlee Siejka (pictured), Emma Turnbull and Angela Hedges, they compete as a team over 1600 metres with two lead changes taking place in the first lap."

Inside the final lap it is up to the drivers if there is another change.

"If the lead horse starts to put up the white flag then there might be another change but we leave that up to the two teams, we will be raising money for charity as well with all money raised going to the Leigh Plunkett Foundation so hopefully people will support the whole concept and everyone who makes a $5 donation will get the chance to win a trip to New Zealand thanks to Rod Smith."

"It was an idea that I had bubbling away in the back of my mind watching pursuit cycling and after all of the positive feedback we got last year we decided to continue the event, we use lights on the track to help the patrons see which team is in front and our racecaller Kevin Thompson did a Fabulous job last year calling the event, it makes for a great spectacle, hopefully in the future the race can be covered by the TAB and Sky Racing."

The Exhibition Pursuit is scheduled to be run at 9:44pm.

Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales











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