Day At The Track

Smoken Up heading to Bendigo

05:12 PM 26 Dec 2014 NZDT
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In exciting news for the Bendigo Harness Racing Club, legendary pacer Smoken Up has been placed back into light work in preparation for a guest appearance at the Bendigo Pacing Cup on January 17.

The winner of more than $3.6million in prizemoney and 74 races, including 13 Group Ones, Smoken Up will lead the field onto the track in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd.

Trainer Lance Justice stated Smoken Up “has been lounging around in his retirement paddock over recent months and will relish the chance to get back out before a great crowd once again”.

As a further bonus to headline Smoken Up’s appearance, Lisa Justice has announced Ranvet, who sponsor Smoken Up, will present all winning trainers on the night with a five-litre container of Neutraline Plus, valued at $65 each.

In even more exciting news, Lance has offered the opportunity for one up-and-coming Junior Driver to drive Smoken Up during his guest appearance.

The lucky driver will be selected from those participating in the Central Victorian Concession Drivers’ Championship, to be run in conjunction with the upcoming Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships.

Open to those with less than 50 wins, heats will be run across a range of classes at Maryborough on January 5, Charlton on January 7, Maryborough on January 15 and Charlton on January 22.

“This will be a great opportunity for harness enthusiasts to see one of the recent greats of harness racing in the flesh once again,” Bendigo’s Brendan Baker said.

“What a great thrill it will be for one lucky junior driver to be able to boast on his driving resume that he once drove Smoken Up on Bendigo Cup Night.

“It will indeed be a huge additional drawcard for our event.

“Special thanks must go to Lance for offering this wonderful opportunity. He is always willing to do what he can to promote the future of our Industry, and this is just another example.”

  • HRV Media

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