Spring up and racing

October 02, 2017

ECHUCA Racing Club’s second meeting of the 2017/18 season will be held today at Scott Rd and will kick start spring racing in Echuca-Moama.

It will be the second last meeting at Echuca ahead of the club’s biggest event of the year — the Moama Bowling Club Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, November 7.

Echuca trainer Daryl Archard had two horses nominated for today’s meeting and wasn’t sure whether they would even get a run given the influx of entries.

Rapid Ronda and Bawk will both be first up from a spell today and will be in need of the run.

‘‘If they didn’t get a start at Echuca they would both go to Gunbower the following Sunday,’’ he said.

‘‘Entries are usually quite high at Echuca as it’s a good course and the track’s surface often attracts a lot of Melbourne trainers.’’

Both three-year-olds had trialled well at Kerang earlier and were likely to run solidly again, however they will have strong fields to contend with.

Archard was expecting better results closer to Christmas when his young stable of horses had more starts under its belt.

‘‘A lot of mine are young horses and are just starting off,’’ he said.

‘‘By the end of spring we will have quite a few runners with only one or two starts.

‘‘Things are likely to crank up around Christmas and hopefully after a few runs they’ll be getting towards their best.’’

Archard said this meeting will be a starting point to his season which had already begun on a high for the Archard stables with son Rhys having five country wins to his name and four other place getters from 23 starts.

Rhys had seen wins at Warracknabeal, Wodonga, Berrigan, Wangaratta and Corowa.

Undercover Poet has won twice for him, but he doesn’t have any starters at Echuca today.

‘‘A few of his are really hitting their straps and will likely go to Gunbower for the Gunbower Cup (on October 7),’’ Archard said.

With the AFL season coming to an end, the attention now turned to racing with two race meetings held this month at Echuca alone.

It has been six weeks since the previous race meet at Echuca and the club’s chief executive Leigh Newton said the track was in excellent condition.

‘‘There are tonnes of local races around this time,’’ Newton said.

‘‘Spring is the time when fashion meets racing and it’s the perfect opportunity to pull out the heels and accessories and get out and see some of the action.

‘‘We’ve had an overwhelming amount of interest from entries (for today) and it should make for a good day of racing.’’

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