King’s Birthday re-run for Cup

Clerk of the Course Casey Parker leads I’m Eugene back to the stables after the sensational no-race Warragul Pacing Cup on Sunday 21 April. 403190 Picture: SUPPLIED

The second attempt at the Warragul Pacing Cup will take place on the King’s Birthday public holiday, Monday 10 June.

After a sensation last month when pacer Im Eugene crashed to the track causing the Cup to be cancelled half way through, local pacing officials are confident of no such issues this time around, and are grateful for the opportunity to again showcase quality racing at Logan Park.

New entries will be called for shortly for the Cup, however preference will be given to those horses who competed in the original series of qualifying races in March and April.

The traditional June long weekend meeting is a popular feature on the Gippsland trots calendar.

Eight events are expected; as well as the $17,500 Pacing Cup, racing also includes the Ken Miller Memorial Pace and the Des Kelly Memorial Trotters Handicap, both of which honour stalwarts of local racing.

Members and volunteers from the former Warragul and District Light Harness Club will also gather for a reunion lunch on raceday.

For racegoers the bar and bistro will operate inside the heated Oaks clubrooms which overlooks the course, guaranteeing great viewing of the racing action even in bad weather.

TAB and bookmaker betting will be available on all local, Melbourne and interstate races, with direct telecasts of all events to the course.

Those who like a wager can also take an investment in a special Punters Club being operated by trots form expert Darren Carroll.

Warragul Harness Racing Club members can walk away a winner from lucky draws during the day; $10 memberships will be on sale at the meeting.

Course entry is free on Cup Day and all are welcome to experience the excitement of live racing on one of the best viewing tracks for the trots in the state.

Racing action is expected to commence around Noon.

-Kyle Galley-