Harness racing set to farewell Parklands

10:26 PM 26 Sep 2013 NZST
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Parklands on the Gold Coast
Parklands on the Gold Coast

Harness racing at Parklands on the Gold Coast will draw to a close this Friday when the final race meeting is run and won on September 27, 2013.

Parklands is being reclaimed by the State Government to build the athletes village and additional infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games,

To incentivise and reward licensees who participate in the farewell meeting, Racing Queensland (RQ) and the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club (GCHRC) have added $26,000 to the prizemoney pool.

Features on the night will include the $20,000 rich Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final as well as the Garrards Final carrying a prize-purse of $6500. All other races have been boosted by $1000 providing all participants the opportunity to share in the additional funding.

RQ CEO Darren Condon said the additional funding means participants who have supported the GCHRC have the opportunity to finish with a bonus.

“Parklands has been the home for harness racing on the Gold Coast for over 25 years and has always been well supported by our licensees,” Mr Condon said.

“Therefore, adding the extra prizemoney is RQs way of rewarding and thanking those participants for their commitment and loyalty to the GCHRC over the years.

“Another feature on the night which we expect to be highly popular is the driver invitation race, honouring many of the regular star reinsmen and reinswomen who have competed at Parklands over the years.”

Parklands became the home of the GCHRC in 1988 following the closure of the Southport race track and became the home to many great pacers in its time. Parklands will be long remembered as the first provincial race track to host the sports pinnacle race series, the Inter Dominion, in 2009.

Gold Coast harness racing fans are encouraged to attend the final meeting at Parklands with tickets available at the gate.

Elaine Dittman

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