Huge program at Wagga on Friday

04:34 PM 12 Jun 2014 NZST
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There has been no shortage of races and horses in the Riverina this season with a further 12 races at Wagga on Friday an equal record high for the club.

With only one meeting in the Riverina this week, Wagga received overwhelming response with the program running for six hours and starting just prior to noon.

It's the second time Wagga has held 12 races and follows on from similar large programs at Young in recent meetings.

The meeting will be highlighted by two heats of the Menangle Where Country Horses Fly series which are both worth $10,000.

"Harness Racing New South Wales approved the additional races otherwise too many horses would have missed out on a start," Wagga chief executive Graeme White said.

"It's important all horses are able to race otherwise owners turn their horses out through frustration of not gaining a start - that then impacts on your fields sizes for months later."

White said there would be some doubling up of race day stalls between trainers with horses in early and late races, but this was unavoidable due to the large numbers.

Leading trainer Shaun Snudden said it was pleasing to see additional races especially with the higher graded races also attracting a field of eight.

"You can't afford to be balloting out a lot of horses especially at this time of the year when it's normally a little quieter for horses," he said.

Snudden will start eight horses and will swap his own colours for those of the late Shelton Smith with his two horses, Gesturestar and Starzzz In Order.

"They have a good following those two horses and hopefully they can win for the family,:" Snudden said.

Shelton Smith passed away on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Meanwhile, Wagga is working towards the end of an 11 week straight racing sequence which will draw to a close on July 4.

The club's next feature meeting is on Friday night, June 27, when the Norm Johnson Memorial for three-year-olds will be held.

There will also be bonuses on all races for Standardbred Owners Association members.

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

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