Harness heaven this Sunday

04:46 PM 27 Mar 2014 NZDT
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The unfortunate demise of the Akaroa meeting on March 16 due to the remnants of Cyclone Lusi has this week afforded harness racing punters a rare opportunity to enjoy three strong harness meetings on the same afternoon this Sunday and a $40,000 Turbo Quaddie across the meetings.

It will be a nice mix of meetings too. The renaissance of Central Districts harness looks set to continue with the Taranaki Trotting Club’s annual meeting. The two features on Sunday are the Woodlands Stud Taranaki Breeders Stakes and the Revital Fertilisers Taranaki Cup. A day of mobile racing on the grass, with full fields, should make for an action-packed meeting.

The Akaroa Troting Club gets its belated chance to shine, two weeks after the abandonment of their last meeting. The ‘goHarness Syndications’ promotion will be in full swing and 11 even fields face punters with the club’s Cup definite highlight at Race 9.

Lastly, but certainly not least is ‘Finals Day’ at Ascot Park, Invercargill. Three features highlight the Super Feature meeting, they being the Southland Oaks (R8), Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes (R9), Southern Country Cups Final (R10). A strong Canterbury strike force has been ushered south for the meeting with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen looking to hold the whip-hand in the two three-year-old features.

Binding the above meetings together on Sunday will be a $40,000 Turbo Quaddie. Encapsulated in the four high-stakes races commencing at 4.13pm are: Southern Supremacy Stakes (G2), Akaroa Cup, Taranaki Cup and Southern Country Cups Final. The last Quaddie leg is set down to be run at 4.51pm.

Harness Racing New Zealand

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