The Bathurst Gold Crown carnival will begin later this week and one man who loves supporting the club is popular owner and Harness Racing NSW board member Rod Smith. Smith enjoyed one of his best moments in harness racing earlier this month when he and his wife Julie part owned four winners at a Bathurst meeting and he is hoping the luck will continue during the carnival.
"I've been lucky enough to have special nights in harness racing, I remember Julie and I owned a few winners on her birthday at Bathurst last year but to get four at the one meeting a fortnight ago was pretty special," Smith said.
"I won't have any two year olds competing in the Gold Crown or Tiara this year because I have decided on giving the babies a bit more time to develop and it is starting to pay dividends because I will have a few runners competing in the three year old series during the carnival."
Smith races Jester Oh Jester and Markey Oh Markey while Julie part owns the daughter of Christian Cullen, Denise and Jules with the trio all being trained by Jack Butler.
"They are all nice three year olds and I'm hoping to have a finalist in at least one race because it will be a very special night, it will be the last time the Gold Crown is run on the track at the showground."
"I am really looking forward to the opening of the new track later this year and I have already told Jack to make sure that he has a few of my horses ready to race at the very first meeting on the new track."
Smith believes the time is right for a new track at Bathurst.
"As a half mile track goes, the current Bathurst track is good but these days with those fast times being run at Menangle I believe horses need to be conditioned to racing on the bigger tracks and therefore the move to the new Bathurst track makes total sense to me, I'm really looking forward to seeing it."
by Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)