The Tamworth and Newcastle clubs have worked together to add an incentive to the winners of the North West Derby and Oaks which were run at Tamworth on the 24th April. The winners of each gained an invitation to the Newcastle Derby and Oaks. Newcastle CEO Ross Gigg said "The Tamworth club approached us with the idea of re-establishing the North West Derby and Oaks which haven't been run for many years. They wanted to add an incentive to give the races a boost. That incentive was a place in the Newcastle Derby and Oaks. Newcastle were only too happy to support the promotion as many of our trainer's race at Tamworth and many Tamworth trainer's race here. The cooperation between the two clubs is good and we look forward to hosting the Tamworth executive and their partners as our guests for Oaks night on the 9th May. "
Haka Shannon for trainer, driverwon the North West Derby and will take his place in the Newcastle Derby this Saturday night. The three year old gelding has won two of his past four starts but he has drawn awkwardly in barrier nine but will move in one barrier should the emergency Ultimate Ace not gain a start.
The first race will go at 5.12 this Saturday night.
Harness Racing NSW