Night races pull crowds

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

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.

GOLDEN OP­POR­TU­NITY

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.

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