Owner for a day chance at cup

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LO­GAN

His­tory will be made at The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser Hor­sham Pac­ing Cup on Sun­day, with all adults in at­ten­dance el­i­gi­ble to be­come an ‘owner for a day’ in a new com­pe­ti­tion run by Hor­sham and District Har­ness Rac­ing Club.

Club pres­i­dent Justin Lane said the Dunn-ezy Seed Clean­ing ‘Owner for a Day’ con­cept had been in­cluded on cup day to pro­mote the sport of har­ness rac­ing and en­cour­age pa­trons to con­sider fu­ture in­volve­ment in the in­dus­try.

All mem­bers of the pub­lic at­tend­ing the cup meet­ing will be el­i­gi­ble to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, with up to eight names drawn from the bar­rel in the mount­ing yard at 3pm.

Each per­son drawn be­comes an of­fi­cial ‘owner for the day’, with his or her ran­domly as­signed horse set to com­pete in an ac­tual race later in the af­ter­noon.

The win­ning ‘own­ers’ will en­joy all the ben­e­fits ex­pe­ri­enced by real own­ers who get to the track to watch their horse com­pete on race day.

This in­cludes ac­cess to the ded­i­cated own­ers en­clo­sure with free drinks and fin­ger food and the op­por­tu­nity to meet their trainer, driver and horse prior to the race.

The ‘owner’ of the win­ning horse will pocket a cheque for $3990 – the same amount the ‘real’ owner of the horse will re­ceive.

“There are many ways peo­ple can be­come in­volved in the har­ness rac­ing in­dus­try,” Mr Lane said.

“Op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude be­com­ing the owner of a stan­dard­bred as an in­di­vid­ual, part­ner or mem­ber of a syn­di­cate, through to sim­ply get­ting in­volved with the club and vol­un­teer­ing on race days.

“Ev­ery sport needs grass­root par­tic­i­pants to sur­vive and thrive, and we think this new com­pe­ti­tion ticks all the boxes as far as get­ting the pub­lic in­volved.”

The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser Hor­sham Pac­ing Cup meet­ing prom­ises to be a great com­mu­nity event.

In ad­di­tion to the ac­tion on the race track the day will fea­ture a com­mu­nity sulky sprint race, live mu­sic with Dar­ryn Wardle, a Pun­ters Club, cup sweeps and a giant video screen.

“For the kids there’s a host of free fun ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pe­ti­tions and the op­por­tu­nity for one lucky child to win an ipad,” Mr Lane said.

“We strongly en­cour­age every­one to get their back­side track side on Sun­day and en­joy a great day out at the cup.

“At the same time they’ll have a chance to be­come an ‘owner for a day’ and maybe take home that cheque for $3990.”

Gates open at 12.30pm.

OWNER FOR A DAY: Hor­sham Pac­ing Cup at­ten­dees have an op­por­tu­nity to be­come an ‘owner for a day’. Pic­tured en­joy­ing own­er­ship spoils are Hor­sham Pac­ing Syn­di­cate mem­bers with their horse Sulem Joey.

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