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Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today released its 2009-10 racing calendar which will see the State host 505 meetings over the 12 month period commencing July 1. The highlights of the calendar are the introduction of Victoria's new home of harness racing, Tabcorp Park, and the return of racing to Hamilton after a five year absence.

Those able to sniff out hidden Easter eggs aren't the only ones who will be on a winner this weekend. BIG6 punters are also in for a treat with the popular bet type offering major enticements at both Saturday night's Echuca meeting and the Warragul Cup fixture on Sunday.

Easter Saturday is no longer home to the Echuca Cup, but the 2009 Easter weekend won't pass without some harness action at Frank Ryan Raceway. On Saturday night the Echuca Harness Racing Club will host an eight-race card.

The all new Cranbourne circuit opened on Wednesday February 18, with good reports coming back to HRV on the way it raced, while Echuca held another of their popular meetings in the evening.

Australia's leading reinsman Daryl Douglas was suspended for two weeks for causing interference aboard the eventual winner Christians Daughter in the Westcoast Sealants Pace at Geelong on Monday February 16.

Jodi Quinlan's judgement was justified tonight when she was rewarded for her decision to stick with Wideford Hill in the Alabar Echuca Cup. The Parwan reinswoman had the chance to drive other leading contenders Harrys Lass or Mystical Warrior in the $20,000 event, but stuck with the enigmatic Merv Williamson-trained gelding.

Lance Justice hopes history can repeat in Friday night's $20,000 Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup. The Melton trainer-driver prepared Seelster Score to win his maiden metropolitan-penalty event in the Riverina feature in 2003 and he will attempt to do the same with Barachias this year.

A great night's racing was held at Frank Ryan Raceway Echuca on Thursday January 1, with the traditional New Year's night meeting attracting the usual large crowd of holiday makers on the Victorian/ NSW border , with a strong local content figuring in the finishes throughout the evening.

The Victorian town of Echuca on the Murray staged a compact restricted fixture on Monday December 1, with horses from the local area and Goulburn Valley dominating the program.

Shrewd Shepparton trainer Wayne Aylett was in the winners stall at the Echuca meeting on Wednesday September 24, when the unusually named Wind Cries Maori/Twebby Twotter 4 year old entire Twotter Fud greeted the judge in the Bacardi Lindy Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres when making his race debut, returning an easy 2:08.1 mile rate.

It's only the second week of September, but for the connections of the 6-Y-0 Iraklis / Circle Of Friends mare Showboat Casey, it must have seemed like Christmas had arrived early when she greeted the judge in the 3rd Heat of the Pat Cooper Memorial for C0 class over 1755 metres at the Elmore meeting conducted at Echuca on Sunday September 14.

A four-win haul over two meetings at Stawell and Echuca has brought Daryl Douglas within two wins of equalling Kerryn Manning's Australasian driving mark.

The Echuca meeting on Thursday (Jly 17) belonged to the Jack brothers Nathan and Daniel, who finished the night with three winners.

On Wednesday (April 16), John Justice's 5-Year-Old Pacific Rocket/I Decline gelding Damo Boy is absolutely flying at present and brought up his 6th success in the 2160 metre Alex McGregor Memorial Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2160 metres at Echuca.

Glenn and Daryl Douglas chalked up further multiple successes at Echuca on Wednesday, with the ex-Kiwi Our Jaccka Ross taking the Drovers Saddlery Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres and Ohbeoperative the Roy Wills Memorial Pace for C5 & C6 class over the same distance.

Kyneton trainer Greg Leight and reinsman son Steve were winners at the Echuca meeting on Wednesday April 16, when their 4-Year-Old Extrovert/Red Eclipse gelding Saw Foot greeted the judge in the Pastoral Inn Hotel Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2530 metres to bring up victory number four from 22 outings.

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