Winners shine bright on Diamonds Day

(From left) Invercargill Harness Racing Club president Barry McCulloch, Harness Racing New Zealand general manager of racing Catherine McDonald and Othlie Cook, of Auckland, who won the $4200 diamond ring donated by Coats & Schuck Jewellers and the Invercargill Harness Racing Club at the Diamonds Day harness racing meet held at Ascot Park Raceway on Saturday.

SATURDAY’s Diamonds Day harness race meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill was a great success.

On track, Sand Wave won the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes Final in front of a vocal group of owners from throughout New Zealand.

Aardie’s Express took the honours in the final of the Nevele R Stud/Macca Lodge Southern Oaks Final for Canadian owner Mike Tanev.

Don’t Stop Dreaming prevailed in the $60,000 Group 2 Diamond Creek Farm Classic for 2-year-olds and Idealism secured the Regent Car Court Southern Cups Final, a poignant victory after part-owner Peter Carnie died on the morning of the race.

Othlie Cook, of Auckland, was the winner of a $4200 diamond ring, which was one of the day’s big promotions.

The prize, donated by Coats & Schuck Jewellers and the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, was won in the draw of all bets of $5 or more placed by women on course.

Meanwhile, Margaret Shanks joined the other daily winners who will go in a draw for a trip to Australia later in the year courtesy of the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba with travel courtesy of Beach Road Holiday Park, Invercargill.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Southern Harness Racing promotions officer