Night races pull crowds
SYDNEY’S night racing season continues with a bumper program at Canterbury Park on Friday.
Canterbury has hosted two night meetings already this spring, attracting big crowds with the spectacular sights of thoroughbred racing under lights.
The Australian Turf Club’s decision to program eight races – including an $80,000 feature race, the Evening Star – each meeting has substantially improved the quality.
The club has also ramped up its night racing promotions with a family-friendly “Summer Nights” theme, including food market stalls and kids activities such as face painting, airbrush tattoos, petting zoo, ponies and jumping castles.
THE Golden Gift, a $150,000 race for two-year-olds, is the feature event of the nine- race program at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
This juvenile race, like the Pierro Plate run last month, is surely going to earn blacktype status sooner rather than later.
The Golden Gift boasts the necessary prizemoney to warrant being elevated to listed level.
It is a race that is gaining increased relevancy and significance.
RARE SATURDAY RUN
HAWKESBURY, the picturesque provincial racetrack, hosts a rare Saturday meeting with an eight-race program.
This comes after the Muswellbrook Cup on Friday with the feature race worth $80,000 at the “Showcase” meeting.
The other feature race is the $50,000 Skellatar Sprint.
There are also Sunday race meetings at Kembla Grange and Lismore this weekend.