Summer racing set to sizzle at Carrick track

ALL SET: Action from previous Carrick Pacing Club meetings. Racing will return to the Meander Valley track on Friday.

ALL SET: Action from previous Carrick Pacing Club meetings. Racing will return to the Meander Valley track on Friday.

THE Carrick Park Pacing Club will host a nine-race program on Friday to kick start their summer schedule.

Club chairman Leigh Dornauf said the first of three twilight meetings this season will feature capacity fields with the program opener to run at 3.28pm.

The meeting will witness two Northern Tasmania Light Harness Association cup heats under standing start conditions with the first to include three last-start winners.

Master Charlie and Vander Jenkins both won at Burnie on Friday and will be joined by last Sunday's Launceston winner Itz Gemmas Delight in the contest.

Sidmouth trainer Ben Yole has prepared five of 12 starters in heat two with Sign No More considered the best of his chances to enter the $10,000 cup final at Launceston on December 11.

Yole has a staggering 26 horses down to race around the East Street track.

Dornauf said the meeting would be televised nationally on Sky Racing 2.

“Carrick Park is the major training centre in Northern Tasmania and hosts three race meetings and 27 trial sessions per season,” Dornauf said.

“Country race meetings are always well supported and play an important role on the calendar.

“Participants and patrons can go along and socialise because it is not as rushed as the main harness race meeting we (Tasmania) have on Sunday nights.

“These event are a big social event for people in the community with more than just racing on the cards.”

Dornauf said the gates would open at 2.30pm and the club had organised many activities and attractions for all the family.

He said the Meander Valley Suns Football Club would run a barbecue on the night as a fund raiser.

“There are two bikes to be given away with face painting, a jumping castle and a visit from Santa,” Dornauf said.

“Two pony trots for the drivers of the future have also been scheduled and for the young at heart a DJ will be playing in the bar area after the last race (7.57pm) til late.

“The TV monitors to be broadcasting Sky Racing's coverage of the last round of Inter Dominion heats from Gloucester Park in Perth.”

The second Carrick meeting will include the Meander Valley cup on Tuesday, December 27, which will be followed by the marquee Carrick cup program on Saturday, February 17.

FAST FACTS

  • WHAT: Carrick Park Pacing Club meeting.
  • WHEN: Friday. First race at 3.28pm.
  • WHERE: 35 East Street, Carrick
  • ENTRY: Adults $5, pensioners $3 and children under-16 free.
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