Day At The Track

Trots are back in less than a fortnight

07:49 PM 19 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Harness racing action at Warragul HRC
Harness racing action at Warragul HRC

Trotting returns to Warragul after a break of more than three months on Monday, December 2.

Eight races are programmed for the first meeting of what should be an exciting 2013/2014 racing season.

While there has been no racing at Warragul since August, the Warragul Harness Racing Club has been busy reviewing its operations and making plans for the new season.

The December meeting commemorates 25 years since the opening of the current 835-metre track at Warragul, while in January the Friday meeting will be run in the early evening as a Family Fun Day.

Among the other highlights of the 2013/2014 will be the traditional Warragul Pacing Cup program on Easter Sunday next year, while the Club will also stage the Eastern Challenge Final next March, which rotates between the Cranbourne, Kilmore, Yarra Valley and Warragul venues each four years.

This race will carry the handsome purse of $25,000, equal to the Warragul Pacing Cup.

Soon, the club will reveal a new major sponsor for the Pacing Cup, along with another exciting announcement regarding the time-honoured race which began in 1955.

Recently, Harness Racing Victoria announced its commitment to funding an upgrade of the existing racing circuit at Warragul in the 2015/2016 financial year, subject to government approval.

The project, to be funded by HRV, the local club and the state government, would see over $500,000 spent on rebuilding the existing circuit and increasing the camber and crossfall on the bends and straights to modern requirements.

It is not an extension of the existing circuit, as originally hoped, but a project which will enhance the unique qualities of the existing Warragul circuit, and create a point of difference for the sport in Victoria (the majority of refurbished tracks are 1000 metres in circumference).

When the works are complete, the Warragul track will become one of, if not the, fastest "half-mile" circuit in Australia.

Kyle Galley

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