Plan delivers more
WHILE hinged on the outcome of the Race Fields Legislation challenges in the NSW Courts, Racing NSW’s Strategic Plan for the next three years will have a major benefit to industry participants across NSW, particularly in regional areas.
Lifting prizemoney and returns to owners, the development of infrastructure and the focus on new revenue streams will go a long way in addressing many of the industries current concerns.
Feedback locally has been very positive and the emphasis the club has placed on developing its training facilities is starting to bear fruit, with over 180 horses now in work at the facility.
The quality of horses and the performances on the track are also testament to the facilities at Coffs Harbour.
The club should be a prime candidate to be named as a Centre of Excellence under the plan. Let us hope that the judge’s decision to be handed down this month will support the industry’s objectives.
As mentioned earlier it is the performances on the track that we want to see and at the Gold Coast today that will be put to the test. Leading the charge is Trevor Hardy, Trent Greentree and Gordon Yorke.
While Hardy’s Symposium is unlikely to get a run in the 1400m Class 6 Hcp being third emergency, he will have a middle distance chance with Lastpic in the $125,000, 3YO Fillies Plate over 1800m.
Lastpic has drawn barrier one and will have Glen Colless in the saddle.
Then in one of the day’s feature races, the $150,000 Fillies & Mares Hcp over 1200m, the in-form Rare Diamond for Gordon Yorke and Graciosa for Trent Greentree will take centre stage. Apprentice Luke Rolls hops on board Graciosa while Michael Rodd takes over Rare Diamond.
Good performances in these races will open the door for bigger things into the upcoming Brisbane winter carnival.
Moving down the coast to Murwillumbah tomorrow, Trent will look at starting his sprinter Cascade in the 1000m Benchmark 60 Hcp and joining him will be Jim Jarvis with Spiritist. Jim is also giving his winter campaigner Mr Goldfire another hit out in the 1510m Benchmark 75 Hcp. This will be an important step in his preparation for the looming carnivals that are just around the corner.
Then on Monday, it looks like everyone is off to Grafton. With Ballina’s meeting being lost to heavy rain last Tuesday, the Grafton card has swelled to 10 races and 31 horses from Coffs have got a run while another 11 are emergencies.
There should be some excellent racing on the day as well as a strong pool for the Coffs meeting next Sunday at its Coffs Coast Advocate Racing with Rhythms Race day.
We have a great family day planed with free activities for the kids, kids fashions on the field and a fundraiser for Camp Quality. To make the day that extra special, groove along to the rhythms of local artists Sofalatido and Mecca between races from 1pm. Gates open at 11.30am.