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Race day a go ahead after COVID shutdown

RACING will return to Morgan Park on Easter Sunday, after the coronavirus pandemic halted the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club’s events last year.


With just two race meetings for the calendar year, the VHHRC is eager to welcome a crowd of up to 1000 trackside on Sunday, April 4.


Club president Lynton Bishop said numbers would be capped at the gates to comply with COVID restrictions and regulations.


But he expected a strong crowd as community activities began to return to normal.


“We haven’t had racing at the club for 12 months, so it will be great to welcome the community and visitors back to the track,” Lynton said.


The races will feature two cup races the Skyvalley Trotters Cup and the Amos Vac Pacers Cup.


Lynton said both races were worth $10,000, making them eagerly contested races.


The Trotters Cup also features a free service to Skyvalley courtesy of Alderbaran Park Stud valued at $2000.


Skyvalley is the leading colonial bred Trotter in Australasia with his progeny winning 93 races last season.


In true Victor Harbor fashion, the usual services will be on offer such as bar, TAB, food and kid’s entertainment.


This year, racegoers will have Eftpos facilities at the bar, however entry at the gate is cash only.


After a long hiatus from racing, Lynton said the committee was eager to welcome racing back to the Fleurieu Peninsula.


“People are eager to get out and about after a year of uncertainty and safety restrictions,” Lynton said.


“With our harness racing club, we have plenty of space to continue to allow for social distancing, as well as providing an opportunity for people to enjoy themselves.”

Gates will open at 11am for patrons to get trackside and grab the best spot to watch the action.


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