Day At The Track

Frith to show her talent at Wagga Carnival

04:56 AM 13 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Frith & Bruce Harpley
Superstar mare Frith will add to the Wagga TAB Carnival Of Cups with an exhibition workout next month.

Frith will be close to resume racing at the time of Wagga's biggest meeting of the year on Saturday night, March 8, which works in perfectly with the plans of trainer-driver Bruce Harpley.

The four-year-old is the reigning NSW pacer of the year and will resume racing shortly after the hit out.

"I may work her with a galloping pacemaker so the date fits in very well as she has been back doing pacework for a few weeks and is ready to step it up a bit more," he said.

Frith's appearance will be a major drawcard given her magnificent feats in the past two years which includes several Group 1 victories across Australia.

She has rarely raced in the region since her early two-year-old days winning four of her five starts here and finishing second at Wagga.

Frith has won her past 12 starts with her overall record standing at 22 wins, 4 secobnds and one third from 28 starts for prizemoney of close to $620,000.

Harpley said Frith will resume racing on a suitable Metropolitan handicap.

"She is an MO, but a C12 so finding races in the country will be very difficult," he said.

Meanwhile, it won't be just the best pacer in the cups or the leading local trainer but any trainer who has a runner at the three local TAB Carnival of Cups in March who has the chance of securing some additional cash.

Albury, Wagga and Young have joined forces with three $1000 bonuses for their cup meetings on March 1, 8 and 15.

The best performed cups horse will win connections $1000, the leading local trainer an additional $1000, while there will be an open trainer's draw worth the same amount of money.

"It's the first time the three major meetings have fallen on three straight Saturday's so we wanted to offer something extra for owners and trainers," Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said.

"The three clubs have put up the money along with ITP who were keen to promote a bonus for the three meetings.

"The cup races are all of a similar grade and distance so it's possible for trainers to target the meetings.

"An open draw allows every trainer who has a runner the chance to also win."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |



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