Easter race day preparation in full swing
IF THERE is one event to attend this Easter, it’s the trots at Morgan Park.
Off the back of an unexpected race day earlier this week, the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club is in full swing for its traditional Easter Sunday race day.
VHHRC president Lynton Bishop said the Easter Sunday race day was traditionally a well-supported event.
Last year, the club documented record patron numbers through the gates.
“Given the public holiday on Monday, it makes for a great day out at the races,” Bishop said.
The race day will include all the regular attractions, including bar, TAB, food, drinks and children’s entertainment.
Bishop said the mini trots, driven by the next generation of harness racing drivers, had indicated they would race on Sunday.
The highlight of the day will be the Lonsdale Sand and Metal Pace for maiden horses.
Bishop said the $10,000 race should attract plenty of good-quality horses for the event.
“Our track is in superb condition, which should result in some fast times set by the horses,” he said.
“The committee has been working hard to ensure we put on a great race day not only for the horses, trainers and connections but the visitors as well.”
The Easter Sunday race day will fall on the back of an additional race day, held on Monday, after a dispute between Harness Racing SA (governing body) SA Harness Racing Club (Globe Derby Park) and the country clubs.
Despite a short turn around, Bishop said strong fields supported the extra race day.
“We were fortunate to pick up two of the Alabar Golden Nursery heats, which brought some strong horses to Victor Harbor,” he said.
“The club was very appreciative to the trainers, drivers and owners for the support and they made it in to a good day.”
Regular Morgan Park driver Ken Rogers proved he is in good shape claiming four wins from the seven-race card while return trainer Les Harding picked up two winners.
Gates will open about 11.30.