Harness racing starts this weekend

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Action from last year's Northern Southland Trotting Cup from Ascot Park Raceway, Invercargill. Photo: Wild Range Photography

THE first weekend meeting of the Southern Harness Racing season is on Saturday when the Northern Southland Trotting Club hosts the opening meeting of their season at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill.

The first race was set for 2.20pm with the last of 10 at 7.08pm. Admission at the gate was free but $40 would give you a spot at the Top Of The Park where the viewing was great and food and beverage was included.

Place your losing tote tickets in one of the barrels around the course to go in a draw to win a flight to Stewart Island, courtesy of Stewart Island Flights.

The Caduceus Club of Southland would be running an auction on course on the day with prizes such as a meal for 10 at Food Affair In Gore, a ladies’ day out plus beauty package, stallion services to Majestic Son and Ultimate Machete, a load of sawdust, a kilogram of whitebait, horse gear, horse feed, Cortaflex Horse Products, processed lambs, a pig, food
hampers and more.

Tote operators would be on course to personally take your bets.

Owners could head to the Alabar Owners’ Room for hospitality throughout the day, while an Owners’ Prize draw would take place with the club drawing a winner at each of their three race days this season to culminate with the announcement of an overall winner who would win a mystery prize at the club’s Cup Day on Saturday, March 13.

– Lindsay Beer is the Southern Harness Racing promotions officer

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