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Trotting returns to Warragul after a break of more than three months on Monday, December 2. Eight races are programmed for the first meeting of what should be an exciting 2013/2014 racing season. While there has been no racing at Warragul since August, the Warragul Harness Racing Club has been busy reviewing its operations and making plans for the new season. The December meeting commemorates 25 years since the opening of the current 835-metre track at Warragul, while in January the Friday meeting will be run in the early evening as a Family Fun Day. Among the other highlights of the 2013/2014 will be the traditional Warragul Pacing Cup program on Easter Sunday next year, while the Club will also stage the Eastern Challenge Final next March, which rotates between the Cranbourne, Kilmore, Yarra Valley and Warragul venues each four years. This race will carry the handsome purse of $25,000, equal to the Warragul Pacing Cup. Soon, the club will reveal a new major sponsor for the Pacing Cup, along with another exciting announcement regarding the time-honoured race which began in 1955. Recently, Harness Racing Victoria announced its commitment to funding an upgrade of the existing racing circuit at Warragul in the 2015/2016 financial year, subject to government approval. The project, to be funded by HRV, the local club and the state government, would see over $500,000 spent on rebuilding the existing circuit and increasing the camber and crossfall on the bends and straights to modern requirements. It is not an extension of the existing circuit, as originally hoped, but a project which will enhance the unique qualities of the existing Warragul circuit, and create a point of difference for the sport in Victoria (the majority of refurbished tracks are 1000 metres in circumference). When the works are complete, the Warragul track will become one of, if not the, fastest "half-mile" circuit in Australia.   Kyle Galley

Warragul Harness Racing Club has launched Club 55, an exciting promotion aimed at businesses. For a cost of $55 including GST, businesses or groups can become corporate members of the club. They receive an industry Trots Card, which gives the holder free entry to all trotting meetings in Victoria, plus 55 free entry passes for Warragul meetings, which can be handed out to staff, clients etc. All sponsors will be publicly acknowledged by the club, and all participants will go into a draw for an special sponsorship and entertainment package at next year’s Warragul Cup meeting on Easter Sunday, valued at $750. Tickets for Club 55 are available by calling the Warragul HRC on (03) 5622 2008. Friday, October 25th sees the return of Gippsland based White Room Live music, and the music night will link up with Warragul Harness Racing Club for the first time. Held at the Danny’s the Venue function rooms, the night will feature over 20 musicians from Gippsland and beyond, with something for everyone’s musical tastes. A bar service will operate (no BYO) and the dance floor will also be available. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16. BYO nibbles, tea and coffee will be provided. Bookings for tables are encouraged and can be made by calling Des on 0419 588 528 or email desh@whiteroomlive.com.au The White Room Live crew are looking forward to running their show at Danny’s, with its quality sound system and spacious surrounds. Depending on the success of this night, other music nights may be programmed by White Room Live and the Harness Racing Club next year. The Gippsland Harness Training Centre has experienced a surge in interest in recent times. There are currently 15 full-time students enrolled at the Centre, with another 10 part-time students also participating. At present the Centre has four horses in work, with one currently racing. They hope to have three horses at the races in time for the season opening meeting at Warragul on Monday, December 2. Both Community College Gippsland, which oversees the GHTC course, and the Warragul Harness Racing Club, are looking forward to working closer together in the times ahead for the benefit of racing and training locally. Warragul and District Light Harness Club, which does a great deal to promote the sport of trotting in the local area, will stage their Cup Day Carnival at the harness racing track on Melbourne Cup Day. There will be children’s rides and activities, market stalls, food and drink and a display by the Warragul Little Athletics kids among many attractions on what is a great family friendly day. The event was staged for the first time last year and was a great success. The Cup Day Carnival will run from 11am to 3pm, just in time for that other big event on the day. Kyle Galley

Short priced favourites collected most of the races at the Warragul trots on Monday afternoon. Four of the winners started "odds-on" with TAB punters, and another two tote elects also scored on the eight race card. Husband and wife Andy and Kate Gath took honours with a double, courtesy of Glenferrie Affair and Western Rockstar, which both won easily. Pakenham horseman Tony Mallia won the sixth race with the well-bred Broadway Avenue, which had finished last at its only other start at Kilmore in July. Broadway Avenue started at long odds in its win. Champion reinsman Chris Alford stitched up another Warragul drivers' premiership when Im Living The Dream took out the fifth race in fast time. Members of the National Servicemen's Association were in attendance at the meeting, which helped boost crowd numbers. Members of branches as far afield as Monash and the Mornington Peninsula enjoyed the Warragul Harness Racing Club's hospitality. With Monday's meeting completing Warragul's racing season, the next trots program is not due at Logan Park until Monday, December 2. Kyle Galley

Main race at Warragul this Monday is the $7000 harness racing Traralgon Pacing Cup - fittingly as the Traralgon greyhound Cup is also on this weekend.

Warragul Harness Racing Club committeeman Kyle Galley will take over the role of club Manager from July 1.

Leading driver Gavin Lang won the first and last races at Warragul's Monday afternoon harness racing program.

Fast times were the order of the day at the Warragul harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon (29th April).

Talented young harness racing driver Chris Lang Junior, who has achieved much success in trotting races, landed his first Pacing Cup win when Jack In Flight won the $25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup on Easter Sunday.

Drouin West pacer Scruffy Major (pictured) is chasing a rare feat in Sunday's (March 31) $25,000 Warragul Pacing Cup. Six weeks ago the horse returned to rharness acing against one win pacers at Cranbourne.

Warragul Harness Racing Club officials are confident of bumper entries for Easter Sunday's Warragul Pacing Cup program. Billed as the Easter Eggstravaganza, trainers are well looked after with an exciting bonus incentive on offer across Warragul's two March race meetings.

Warragul will be the place to race during March as the club is conducting two race meetings including its feature Warragul Pacing Cup program.

Australia's newest harness racing sulky, the Dooza, made a spectacular debut at Friday's Warragul harness race meeting. The first three horses to sport the cart in races all won, giving manufacturers Dooza Engineering, a dream promotion for their first foray into harness racing gear construction.

Highlight of an eight-event harness racing card at Warragul this Monday will be two heats of the Ken Miller Memorial Pace and the $8000 Final of the Eastern Zone event for three-year-old's.

Harness Racing and greyhound racing will be conducted on the same day at Warragul later this month. An afternoon harness card will be conducted on Monday, January 21, while the greyhounds will race later that night.

Good weather conditions saw a strong crowd attend the Warragul harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon (December 3).

Good quality fields mark the return of Warragul harness racing this Monday afternoon.

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