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Cobram and District Harness Racing Club will celebrate the new year with a $60,000 joint funding package supported by the Victorian Government. Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp recently announced the government would contribute more than $29,000 to support next month’s Cobram Pacing Cup and two infrastructure projects at the Cobram Recreation Reserve. Infrastructure improvements at the Cobram Recreation Reserve include a new head-on camera to improve vision in the home straight for stewards and an upgrade of the owners’ room facilities. Both projects are expected to be completed in the first half of 2018. Harness Racing Victoria is contributing almost $15,000 towards the new camera and the Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club is providing more than $1300 for the owners’ room upgrade. The club is contributing more than $11000 to the race day event, while generous local businesses are providing an additional $3600. The Cobram Pacing Cup is set to offer something for all the family, with entertainment including a live performance by Irish band Killing Time and a Fashions on the Field competition. For the children, there will be face painting, a jumping castle, mobile zoo, pony trots and free icy poles. The first 250 women through the gate will be given a complimentary ticket to the club’s Community Pink Ribbon Ladies Day race meeting on June 3, which helps raise awareness of breast cancer Club secretary Bob Watson said the funding would help maintain the quality club members and visitors were accustomed to. ‘‘We’re very grateful for the Victorian Government’s support for our biggest race day of the year and the delivery of important upgrades to our track facilities,’’ Watson said. ‘‘We invite everyone in the region, young and old, to mark this day of fun country harness racing in their calendar.’’ Gepp said the Cobram Pacing Cup was a great opportunity for the local community and holidaymakers to come together for a day of quality harness racing. ‘‘We’re delighted to support the Cobram and District Harness Racing Club because the country racing industry makes a vital economic contribution to our region,’’ he said. By Courier Cobram Reprinted with permission of The Riverine Herald

There is usually a plethora of NSW visitors at most Cobram meetings and such was the case again on Monday May 6 when the Wagga Wagga 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Rose Of Sharon gelding Stuart greeted the judge in the $5000 Cobram Lions Club Pace Final for C0 class over 1670 metres which qualified in the heats held at the Kyabram fixture at Echuca on April 28.

Smart McArdle/Nuclearaccelerator gelding Almost El Eagle who showed outstanding potential in his two year old year has returned to harness racing form in fine fettle, making it two from two this time in by taking the 1st Heat of the George Croxford Tribute over 2170 metres at Cobram on Monday February 4.

The ever popular Cobram harness racing meeting situated on the Victorian/NSW border, raced on Wednesday January 16, with most races going to the nearby Shepparton area.

Here's the news from the midst of a crazy holiday harness racing schedule:

The Cobram Harness Racing Club situated on the border of Victoria and NSW staged their annual cup day program on Thursday December 27 attended by a large number of holiday makers.

Further heats of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series catering for several categories continued during the week.

Avenel's David Aiken enjoyed a "day of days" at the big Cobram harness racing meeting conducted clost to the Victorian/NSW border on Wednesday December 28, snaring the trifecta in the $25,000 Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup with Jaccka Clive defeating Composed and Smudge Bromac, while also taking $15,000 Credit Union Cobram Trotters Cup with recent NSW import Im Dejazzman.

Cobram on the Victorian/New South Wales border played host to Monday (August 15) harness racing, with an entertaining eight race card. Kilmore mother and son - Rosie Weidebach and Kevin Weidenbach (jnr) snared the opening race on the program - the De Maria Mitsubishi Pace for Co class over 1670 metres with 4-Y-0 Die Laughing/Biddy My Dear stallion Saint James Gate in a rate of 1-59.

Cobram on the banks of the mighty Murray not far from the Victorian/NSW border was the venue for Monday harness racing and as is usually the case at most Cobram meetings, the day was dominated by horses from the Goulburn Valley.

Glorious Cobram close to the Victorian and N-S-W border situated on the mighty Murray River, is always a popular venue for harness racing and the Cobram HRC held a most successful fixture there on Friday March 18 with several winners coming from the Goulburn Valley and beyond.

A terrific Cobram Cup day harness racing fixture was held at the popular Victorian venue on the border of NSW on Wednesday December 29, featuring the $25,000 Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup for M0 or better class horses over 2678 metres and the $15,000 George Mance Cobram Trotters Cup for TMO or better (D-H) over the same distance, both attracting quality fields.

Moama's Mal Whiteford enjoyed a happy day at the Shepparton harness racing fixture held at Cobram on Wednesday December 1, with smart Brioso Hanover/Kamwood Kate 4-Y-0 gelding Kamwood Jack scoring a first-up victory in the Quest Serviced Apartments Pace for C0 class over 2170 metres and 4-Y-0 Nuke Of Earl/Mands Alice mare Mands Gearl taking the Hicks Stables & Steel Construction Pace for C1 class over the same distance, both handled by Craig Northcott.

Heats of the Vicbred Super Sires Series for Three Year Old Colts & Geldings over 2170 metres were held at Cobram on the Victorian/NSW border on Monday May 10, with two very impressive harness racing winners.

Cuttheattitude missed last year's Vicbred Super Series, but today (Monday May 10) announced himself a major player in this year's harness racing series with a breathtaking heat win at Cobram.

Astute Nagambie horseman Chris Lang snared both trotting events at the Cobram harness racing meeting held on Monday April 12, with Let Me Thru taking the Katunga Lucerne Mill Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2678 metres and Good Thanks the Aldebaran Park 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2170 metres.

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