Warragul getting mobile for annual Pacing Cup

07:22 AM 05 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Warragul Harness Racing Club Inc.
History will be created when the annual Warragul Pacing Cup is conducted at Easter.
For the first time, Warragul's main trots race of the year will be started from behind the mobile barrier, replacing the standing start, handicap event which has existed since the first staging in 1955.
 
It is a bold move for the Warragul Harness Racing Club, and one that will hopefully pay dividends. On a smaller size track such as the one at Warragul, a mobile barrier start will ensure a competitive, and keen race, especially for vital early positions.
 
Warragul is traditionally one of the fastest of the smaller circumference tracks in Victoria, and a quick race time could eventuate if the speed is on throughout the 2620-metre event.
The race will be held on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 20, and again carries a $25,000 stake.
 
The feature event will be supported by the $10,000 Eddie Evison Memorial Trotters Cup, and a strong undercard which includes a $10,000 heat of the statewide Vicbred Mares Championship series, and the $7000 Warragul Guineas for three-year-old horses.
 
Additionally, locally based feed manufacturer Hygain is getting behind the Cup Day program - Hygain product will be presented to the trainer of each placegetter in each race on the day.
 
The Warragul club is also excited that Keysborough based company The Linc Group has joined as naming rights sponsor for the Pacing Cup.
 
By Kylie Gallery
 
The Linc Group, led by company boss Craig Roylance, is the leading supplier of metal roofing and scaffolding in Victoria.
 
A family run business, The Linc Group works with a range of clients, from individual home owners through to multi unit developers.
 
Keen racing followers, staff of The Linc Group are excited about their involvement with the Warragul Cup, having been a sponsor of the club on a smaller scale in previous years.
 
As well as the exciting announcements regarding the race and its sponsor for this year, the Warragul club is busy working on the attractions for spectators which will compliment the on-track action.
 
Football legend Tom Hafey will return this year, and the club will soon announce another VFL/AFL legend who will also be trackside on Easter Sunday.
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