There isn’t any trot racing on Christmas Day so enjoy the turkey and pudding but be warned: things will not be starting off slowly at Ballarat’s Boxing Day night meeting.
The highlight of the night’s racing is the $30,000 Laser Electrical Lightning Mile (Group Three).
A sensational field will assemble for the race, which carries two separate $10,000 bonuses – one if any horse can break the Ballarat record mile rate of 1:53.7 set by Saab Quality, and another if any horse is able to eclipse the Victorian record mile rate of 1:51.1 set by the champion Smoken Up.
‘Trigger’ is not going to miss out on a crack at his own record, although he’ll have to be quick out of gate seven.
Following a comfortable trial win on Monday, zipping home in a last quarter of 26.9 seconds, Lance Justice’s gelding will be primed and ready for battle once more.
Racing off the pole is the Emma Stewart trained warrior Restrepo. A winner of almost $320,000 in career prize money, the Group One winning entire will be hoping to take advantage of the favourable draw.
The racing talent is not restricted to two horses, however. The race consists of a field of quality horses (special conditions allow all eight runners to start from the front line).
Lining up for his forty-seventh start is Del-Re Hunter Cup champion and last years Ballarat Cup winner Mah Sish.
Also in the field is the locally trained last start Yarra Valley Cup winner Savesomtimetodream.
Add the Marg Lee trained Victorian Sires Classic winner Keayang Cullen and last start Melton winner National Service and you have a mouth-watering clash to look forward to.
The Lightning Mile is not the only race to entertain those unwinding in the holiday period.
The $10,500 VHRSC Snowball Series Final will be run at Ballarat, and Clancys Fobwatch from the Sugars stable is unbeaten this from four runs this season since joining the Hopetoun Park crew.
The four-year-old gelding is looking to make it five from five in the third leg of the quaddie.
So if you’re looking for some post Christmas cheer, head out to Bray Raceway for some first class racing action – first race is scheduled for 6:25pm.
by Lucy McCormick