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