Huge prizemoney up for grabs at Saturday's Young Harness Racing Club's 2019 Carnival of Cups

Steve Turnbull and Conviction, pictured after winning the 2018 Cowra Cup, looks one of the ones to beat in Saturday's $30,000 Group 3 Young Pacers Cup.
Steve Turnbull and Conviction, pictured after winning the 2018 Cowra Cup, looks one of the ones to beat in Saturday's $30,000 Group 3 Young Pacers Cup.

Young Harness Racing Club's showcase meeting of the season will be conducted on Saturday night with the running of the 2019 Carnival Of Cups.

Feature races on the eight race program include the $30,000 Young Pacers Cup (2480m), together with the $20,000 Young Derby (2100m) and the $20,000 Young Oaks (2100m).

According to the club, nominations have once again been very strong, with both country and metropolitan trainers supporting the club's very popular annual feature event.

Winner of last year's Young Pacers Cup Spare Me Days has once again drawn well in gate six and is a big chance to go back-to-back on a track he likes. The Brad Hewitt-trained seven-year-old defeated Don't Think Twice and other rivals last year in a mile rating of 1:57.1.

Make Mine Heaven looks a major threat for Bernie Hewitt and is in form with two wins from two starts including a 1:53.3 rating at Bathurst. Brooke Wilkins-trained gelding Future Stride can run the distance and looks suited from gate five, however, despite a win in December last year his form has been average.

Conviction is a real threat for Steve Turnbull with Amanda Turnbull in the gig.

Recent form is poor, however the Goulburn Cup win in January registering a 1:56.3 mile rating was all class.

Off the track there's live music, food and drink facilities, face painting and lots more.

Racing begins 6.45pm with the Young Pacers Cup set for a 9.15pm start.

Summary and tips

RACE 1

In race one the Turners Furniture One Local Pace, Junee-trained Harps has drawn nicely and the distance will suit and his recent form is fair.

His most recent win was at Junee on January 27 and he finished fourth at Young on March 1. From history, he should lead from the gate.

Another Buddy is overdue for a win and has drawn outside front line in what looks a race to suit.

Ran second on two occasions in most recent starts, Temora and Young and will be running on. Great Hand is a tough campaigner and is drawn well. Needs luck in running but has ability.

Chill And Burn is resuming here but could surprise.

Selections: HARPS, ANOTHER BUDDY, GREAT HAND, CHILL AND BURN

RACE 2

In race two Scarlet Babe resumes but previous form is impressive winning three from five including two minor placings.

Last start second at Bathurst  on December 15. Ima Regal Jet has struck form with two wins at Temora and Young. Nicely drawn and could score a hat trick over this distance.

Blackwhiteandblue has been placed at Wagga and Bathurst and looks suited here from an ideal draw. You Ninety Two ran fourth at Menangle last start behind some smart horses, winners rate 1:51.1. Not without a chance here.

Selections: SCARLET BABE, IMA REGAL JET, BLACKWHITEANDBLUE, YOU NINETY TWO

RACE 3

In race three True Confessions has two recent wins at Bankstown and Penrith and is racing in good form.

Maximus Red has two wins from five starts and is drawn to lead. Won two at Orange recently and placed Dubbo in fast time. Cherry Sweet Peach could improve here following third three starts back at Dubbo.

Recent form only fair but stable firing well at the moment. Florist is drawn well, won two starts back Temora rating 1:58.1.

Selections: TRUE CONFESSIONS, MAXIMUS RED, CHERRY SWEET PEACH, FLORIST

RACE 4

In race four Myra Dawn resumes after two wins last Nov. in fast time. Should be ready for this. Delightful Jackie won Wagga rate 1:56.7 last start and looks fit for this, possible leader.

Kept In Play won two in row before third at Menangle two starts back. Better suited here and is a definite chance. Bella Clare won three from four before let up.

Has excellent form and will be in the firing line. Has best mile rate 1:55.1.

Selections: MYRA DAWN, DELIGHTFUL JACKIE, KEPT IN PLAY, BELLA CLARE

RACE 5

In race five Make Mine Memphis not drawn well but looks a class act in this, placed Menangle in fast times following impressive Temora win January 12 in a rate 1:56.9.

Shoobee Doo is drawn well and looks early leader, winner of five races and has above average ability.

Uncle Jord has won two from three and has a 1:51.1 winning Menangle mile rate, tough campaigner not without a chance. We Meet Again is a last start winner at Mildura and could fill a placing at long odds.

Selections: MAKE MINE MEMPHIS, SHOOBEE DOO, UNCLE JORD, WE MEET AGAIN

RACE 6 - summary at top.

Selections: SPARE ME DAYS, MAKE MINE HEAVEN, FUTURE STRIDE, CONVICTION

RACE 7

Race seven Mach Le More is a last start Bankstown winner and looks the likely leader. A winner of four races, his form would suggest another win is certainly on the cards here.

Hit The Track continues to hold form since wining at Orange February 10 and was fourth at Dubbo last start. We Salute You is resuming, won three from four when last in work including two in row at Blayney and Bankstown.

Better Than Grange is showing improvement and showed promise with 4 th at Wagga last start in fast time.

Selections: MACH LE MORE, HIT THE TRACK, WE SALUTE YOU, BETTER THAN GRANGE

RACE 8

In race eight Saint Emilion ran smart 1:57.4 first up at Bathurst and looks the winner from a wide gate. Yep Got Chooks has had three thirds at the trials in good time and rates a chance here. No Nay Never ran third at only start.

Trial winner Bathurst last time out and should improve from the inside gate, Didnt I was honest first up when second at Young on March 1. Winner rated 1:58.7 so a definite place chance here.

Selections: SAINT EMILION, YEP GOT CHOOKS, NO NAY NEVER, DIDNT I