For the first time in the city’s history, Wagga’s three racing codes will come under the national spotlight on the same day this Friday.
The Murrumbidgee Turf Club will commence racing in the afternoon, followed by the Wagga Greyhound Club in the afternoon before the Wagga Harness Racing Club runs that night.
While two of the codes have previously raced on the same day or night, this is the first time all three have held TAB meetings.
All meetings will be broadcast to a national and international audience through Sky Racing.
The harness and greyhound clubs will have a gap between meetings with both to conduct ten race programs.
Between the three meetings close to $200,000 prize money will be offered with a total of 28 races to be run.
“The thoroughbred and greyhound meetings will run some races during the afternoon period before the harness racing meeting begins,” Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said.
“The main issue is with shared staff like broadcasters, clerks of the course, judges and TAB staff, but there are enough people to cover all meetings.”
The three codes on the one day wasn’t a planned initiative and came about purely through a clash of race dates.
Newcastle has previously run the three codes on the same day, while in Victoria Cranbourne has done likewise.
Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia