Day At The Track

Smoken souvenirs

06:02 AM 04 Sep 2014 NZST
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Smoken Up in full flight

On-course patrons have the opportunity to grab a memento of Smoken Up’s final outing at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.

Courtesy of the Victorian Government, several collectables will be distributed among racegoers throughout the night to mark what has been described as “the end of an era”.

Beginning with Smoken Up caps to the first 500 attendees, the government is also providing Smoken Up mini-flags, ‘farewell Trigger’ posters and souvenir race book covers.

Ever the man of the public, trainer Lance Justice has also agreed to make the multi-millionaire gelding available for fan photos.

Tabcorp Park will also be decorated in a Smoken Up ‘theme’, giving the evening a special atmosphere worthy of a 13-time Group One winner.

“It is terrific that the government has jumped on board via the Raceday Attraction Program to support the night,” Justice said.

“For me this is going to be an emotional night knowing I won’t be heading to the races with Trigger anymore, so having this kind of send off for him will really make the occasion memorable.

“We had a tremendous good bye at Menangle in July, but with a home crowd, this will be even bigger.”

Harness Racing Victoria’s John Anderson has also praised the government for their support in farewelling Smoken Up.

“With the support of the Government, HRV has been able to prepare a fitting closure to a great career,” Anderson said.

“Every harness, or sports, enthusiast in the region should make their way to Tabcorp Park to see the champ race one final time.”

A veteran of 152 starts, Smoken Up boasts the impressive record of 74 wins and 54 placings for earnings of $3,606,750, with a best time of 1:48.5.


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