Regarded as one of the best harness racing meetings in country New South Wales, the Young Harness Racing Club will present the running of the 2016 Young Cherry Festival Cup supported by six other races at the Young Paceway tonight.
Commencing at 6pm with the Cordina Chicken Farms Pace over 1720 metre, the capacity field of 10 starters will compete for a total prizemoney purse of $6,120.
Once again the strong Turnbull stable from Bathurst will be in attendance and in the first race of the night, the grey, Stellagrey should start the ball rolling following two good recent thirds, the latest at Blayney last week.
Danger to the possible favourite appear to be Think It Through for John Vautin, a driver who likes to lead, Spooky Dreams for another forward driver in Madi Young and Brenroy Jokajo in what should be a great race to open proceedings.
Race two is the Success Stud Pace, again over 1720 metres and again with a capacity field.
There are certainly a number of chances in this C2 to C3 and better class race, not the least being Shirvanee to be driven by Jason Grimson.
The run here last meeting can be forgiven, his latest third was a better indication of this fellows ability.
Toorim Lad looks the possible leader while Vergels Girl from a wide gate will be looking for a forward position from the start.
Of the other runners, possibly Captain Cooney has claims to this race following some recent consistent runs.
Family and friends will once again gather for the running of the David Glasheen Memorial to be run over 2100 metres.
A deserved winner would undoubtedly be the ultra consistent Crusty for Rachael and David Micallef.
This locally bred pacer has been a model of consistency over recent weeks and is drawn nicely in gate two.
The Wonson trained The Champ Is Here is last start winner while Greengold for Amanda Turnbull is also a last start winner but is awkwardly drawn.
With Noah The Shark and I’m Captain Morgan both in good form, this should once again produce an exciting and entertaining race for patrons.
With work about to commence on the extensions to the Young Carwash, race four is an opportunity for Mark Crutcher to promote is expanding business by way of supporting the Young Harness Racing Club.
This race is over 1720 metres and is for the fast class pacers rated at C4/C7 and also C8 or better eligible pacers.
An interesting race with Take Command from gate one a pacer that could cause an upset in defeating possibly War Dan Apollo and stablemate Written In Red.
With only seven runners, driving tactics will play a major roll in the eventual outcome but in saying that, the first leg of the daily double could bring some investors undone.
With $12,240 up for grabs, the 2016 Cherry Festival Cup has once attracted a top field with the strong Turnbull stable providing four of the 10 runners.
The distance of 2100 metres should bring the field closer together and luck in running will play a major part in the eventual outcome.
The “In Form” horse is without doubt Parramatta for Amanda Turnbull.
Since arriving from New Zealand, this well bred pacer has shown excellent form and is well drawn.
Chumlee from the same stable has won four races from five starts and can't be left out, with horses like the veteran Beetson, last start Junee winner Sokys Bigbullet, Lexus On The Beach and El Major for Darren Hancock all firing well at the moment together with the local hope Village Witch drawn in gate one, this once again will be a race to remember.
Race six is the Lyle Jones Memorial over 2100 metres with once again a capacity field engaged.
This is the hardest race of the night, the form around most of these runners is much the same and for this reason experts will have to sort it out themselves.
For The Bettor has had one start for a second and will be driven by Amanda Turnbull so for that reason she will be the selection from Courageous Beau and Tommy Parker.
The final race of the night for Trimech Refrigeration is an encouragement stakes over 1720 metres with special handicap conditions timed to start at 9.03pm.
Badly drawn but in good form at the moment is Mary’s Little Rose and a win would be a nice Christmas present for Troy Fletcher and his family.
A good second last start was rewarding and a breakthrough would not surprise.
The Grenfell trained Percy And Jack has been showing some indifferent form but could surprise with horses like Kamicatel and After The Ball not without a chance.
Certainly another top night of racing again at the raceway, lets hope that the town and our current influx of visitors get behind the promotion that has provided free admission and facilities second to none.
A reminder to breeders and studmasters that entries for the 2017 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, conducted by Graeme Board & Company, close on Thursday, December 1.
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