Christ­mas meet is hot to trot

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GRAND fi­nals have ar­rived at the Echuca and Dis­trict Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Played on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day nights this week, the se­nior and mixed com­pe­ti­tions must come to an end, and only one team in each will be crowned cham­pi­ons. Tues­day’s se­nior draw is as follows. Court, teams, um­pires: 6.30pm games: Court one, Vic­to­ri­ous Se­crets v Bench­warm­ers, Jen Sul­li­van and Matilda Ful­ton.

Court six, Chick­y­babes v JFF, Rachel Thorpe and Lara Judd. Emer­gency: Evonne Caine. Wed­nes­day’s mixed com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal­ists will play from 6.30pm.

The mixed grand fi­nals follows. Court, teams, um­pires: Court one, Shake-a-Leg v High Im­pact, Brenda Sten­ning and Clau­dia Maw­son.

Court two, LBU Cat­ters v Ter­ri­ble Tradies, Jen Sul­li­van and Ro­han Starkey.

Court six, Saucy Meat Pies v No Frills, Am­ber O’Neil and Amy Fos­ter.

Emer­gency: Betty McCoomb. are as IT’S the most won­der­ful time of the year. And a per­fect time to be at the races. Echuca Rac­ing Club will hold its an­nual Christ­mas meet on Wed­nes­day.

A meet­ing that is well liked by the rac­ing club, it does have to deal with an odd lo­ca­tion on the cal­en­dar.

Nonethe­less, Echuca Rac­ing Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Leigh New­ton said the meet was one the club looked for­ward to all season.

‘‘It’s a lit­tle bit early this year, it has been known to shuf­fle around at dif­fer­ent points in De­cem­ber, but we al­ways look for­ward to the meet­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a spe­cial time as fam­i­lies and friends are start­ing to come to­gether, and we re­ally en­joy that the rac­ing club gets the op­por­tu­nity to be a place that peo­ple can come and en­joy each other’s com­pany.

“Our Christ­mas races are a fan­tas­tic way to see in the fes­tive season, and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors for a great day at the track.”

It is ex­pected to be a per­fect day to at­tend the races.

The fore­cast has Echuca at 33°C and noth­ing but sunshine, with the eight race card al­ready see­ing a num­ber of lo­cal nom­i­na­tions be­fore en­tries close about 9am to­day.

Gwenda John­stone has six nom­i­na­tions, with eight nom­i­nated for the Cor­nish Gaskin sta­ble.

Daryl Ar­chard will be look­ing to a sole run­ner, while Rhys will be hop­ing for suc­cess from his two.

Two run­ners have been nom­i­nated by Jim Lake, with South Ar­bor nom­i­nated in two races be­fore the fields close.

Bar, din­ning hall and TAB all on course for pa­trons, but with a twist as all fa­cil­i­ties are Christ­mas themed, as well as a num­ber of Christ­mas give­aways.

And to make the day even more af­ford­able, gen­eral ad­mis­sion to the event will be free.

‘‘We do have the chal­lenge of this event fall­ing in the mid­dle of the week with­out a hol­i­day or some­thing of that na­ture to bring peo­ple in,’’ New­ton said.

‘‘But hope­fully we still have a strong crowd, and we ex­pect ev­ery­one will get to be a part of a re­ally good day of rac­ing.’’

Check Wed­nes­day’s Riv pre­view and form guide. for a full

OFF AND RAC­ING: Echuca Rac­ing Club’s eight race card Christ­mas meet has al­ready seen a num­ber of lo­cal nom­i­na­tions be­fore en­tries close to­day.

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