Day At The Track

$3990 to a winning "owner for a day"

03:21 AM 13 Apr 2018 NZST
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Sulem Joey, harness racing
Members of the Horsham Pacing Syndicate with their horse Sulem Joey after a win at Stawell.

History will be made at The Weeky Advertiser Horsham Pacing Cup on Sunday April 22nd with all adult patrons in the running to become an 'owner for a day' in a new competition being conducted by the Horsham & District Harness Racing Club.

Club President Justin Lane said the Dunn-Ezy Seed Cleaning 'Owner for a Day' concept had been incorporated into the Club's flagship event 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 8 names drawn from the Dunn-Ezy barrel in the mounting yard at 3pm.
Each person drawn will become an official 'owner for the day', with their randomly assigned horse set to compete in an actual race later in the afternoon.
The 'owners for a day' will enjoy all the benefits experienced by actual owners attending the meeting to watch their horse compete.
They'll have access to Horsham's dedicated owners enclosure with complimentary drinks and finger food and the opportunity to meet their new trainer, driver and horse prior to the race.
When their horse scores up behind the barrier they will experience the nervous anticipation felt by owners and through the race ride the usual wave of ups and downs right to the finish line.
After the all clear is given by the chief steward the 'owner' of the winning horse pockets a cheque for $3,990 - the same amount the 'real' owner of the horse will receive.
"There are many ways people can be involved in the harness racing industry apart from being hands-on as a trainer or driver," 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, becoming a member and volunteering on race days.
"Every sport needs grass root participants to survive and thrive and we think this new competition ticks all the boxes as far as getting the public involved," he said.
The Weekly Advertiser Horsham Pacing Cup meeting promises to be a great community event - in addition to the action out on the racetrack the afternoon will feature a community sulky sprint race, live music with local musician Darryn Wardle, a TAB punters club, Cup sweeps, giveaways and the giant video screen.
For the kids there's a host of free fun activities including the Pat Your Harness Hero, giveaways,competitions and the opportunity for one lucky child to win an ipad mini. Gates will open at 12.30pm.
"We strongly encourage everyone to get their backside track side on Sunday week and enjoy a great day out at the Cup said Mr Lane. " At the same time they'll have a chance to become an 'owner for a day' and maybe take home that cheque for $3,990."

Tony Logan
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