Extra race day granted to Victor racing club
RACING will resume at Morgan Park earlier than expected, with the harness racing club gaining an additional race day this month.
On Monday, April 15, the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club will host a race day, which was previously scheduled for Globe Derby Park.
The extra day at Morgan Park comes after a dispute between SA Harness Racing Club, which operates GDP, the governing body Harness Racing SA and the remaining country clubs.
More than five race meetings have been transferred to other clubs across the state.
VHHRC president Lynton Bishop said the club was happy to help HRSA to ensure the survival and continuation of the harness racing industry.
“Although we haven’t been given much time to prepare, it’s important the remaining clubs chip in and help out,” he said.
“We’re in support of HRSA and have allowed them to use our facility for racing on the 15th.”
On April 15, entry to the races will be free, however there will be limited attractions and services available.
Mr Bishop said services to patrons would include bar, food and TAB facilities.
“It would be the bare minimum.”
But with the club’s popular Easter Sunday meeting around the corner, he encouraged the community to get behind the club.
“Racing at Victor Harbor is the true backbone of country harness racing,” he said.
“Our committee work very hard throughout the year to ensure we put on a great day for our patrons.”
In a statement released by HRSA, chief executive officer Ross Neal said while the measures taken would be disruptive to racing in SA, the situation had to change.
For up-to-date details, check the club's Facebook page.