Day At The Track

South-west trainers to battle for Cup

11:59 AM 17 Feb 2018 NZDT
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Jason Lee, harness racing
Terang district-based driver Jason Lee has drives in every race at Dalvui Raceway on Saturday night.

A classic clash of the up-and-comers versus the established harness racing stars of the country cup circuit is at the centre of Saturday’s $25,000 Terang Co-op Pacing Cup.

The Terang Harness Racing Club is putting on a huge night of entertainment for all-comers but all eyes will be on the juicy prospect of the local rising stars such as Truth and Courage and Mustang Bart going head-to-head with established quality in Messini and Motyu Meteor over 2680m in the Cup.

Terang Harness Racing Club treasurer Michael O’Keeffe was delighted with the racing on offer on Saturday, and not just in the feature.

“It’s great to see such good field, particularly in the cup,” Mr O’Keeffe said.

“It’s going to be exciting to see some of the locals like Marg Lee’s horses going up against some real quality and the tactical race will be one to watch, if the speed is on from the start, will the leaders make the pace, can the really good horses sit back and then use their pace? It’s going to be a great race but on class you’d have to look at Messini as early favourite.”

Beyond the Cup, an exciting field will contest the $10,000 Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup but the the fun and games won’t all be on the racecourse.

Mr O’Keeffe says a a smorgasboard of entertainment is also on offer for the family from 6pm with a celebrity sulky race; a display of lizards, snakes and freshwater crocodiles from Westvic Reptiles; roaming clowns, face painting, jumping castles and great food.

Lakes & Craters will entertain the crowd with singer Ian ‘Bidge’ Boyd also performing live.

Tim Pigot

Reprinted with permission of The Standard

 

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