PUNTERS should get plenty of value for their fancies at tonight’s annual New Year’s Night harness racing meeting at Echuca’s Frank Ryan Raceway.
Most of the races on the nine-event card at the club’s best attended meeting of the year look wide open affairs and a real test for punters.
One of the early events, the Niota Bloodstock Pace Final – race two on the program – had its heats at the Elmore meeting on Boxing Day.
The Russell Jack trained Rockon Angel was one of those heat winners who will be hard to toss in the final despite drawing a little wide in barrier five. He is shooting for a hat-trick of wins and will be driven by Daniel Jack.
One of his main dangers is Hayjoshandco, which stretched him in his heat, has not been favoured in the draw, coming up with the outside of the front row but will have the services of uncanny reinsman Chris Alford so can’t be discarded.
The well-drawn Ima Dad and Bridie Hanover also should give a lot of cheek but the other heat winner Stuart will need luck from a second row draw.
The Bendigo Bank New Year’s Day Cup, race four for C2-4 class pacers, is another race with several genuine hopes.
Rochester-trained Ideal Eagle will be hard to beat after coming up with barrier two over the short 1755m trip but Tell Nobody and Swiftlytothebeach, a recent addition to the Isabel Walsh stable at Shepparton who has trialled well, should also make their presence felt.
The meeting also features the Frank and Carmel Ryan Memorial Pace which also has drawn an even field of C1 Only class pacers with the Elmore trained Kamwood Caesar hard to beat.
Three trotting races are also on the card, including a three-year-old trot.
The big program kicks off at 7.11pm with the final event at 11.10pm.
UNDERWOOD’S LAST WORD
1. Fong Nien 1, Weeks End 2, Our Charley Bromac 3, Well Disguised 4.
2. Rockon Angel 1, Bridie Hanover 2, Hayjoshandco 3, Ima Dad 4.
3. Kamwood Caesar 1, Slice Of Life 2, Ladyjessicashannon 3, Sunrose Master 4.
4. Ideal Eagle 1, Swiftlytothebeach 2, Tell Nobody 3, Showgun Thomas 4.
5. Plumbers Pettycash 1, Tenno Show 2, Lord Lohki 3, Just Call Me Earl 4.
6. Miss Invasion 1, Bold Hussy 2, Arrested 3, Nomaccasforu 4.
7. Definity 1, Trotting Rockstar 2, Hades Sky 3, Full Of Her Self 4.
8. Sondel 1, Em Gandoldo 2, Panowar 3, Shezarocker 4.
9. Whos Your Buddy 1, Mangochililime 2, Emessgee 3, Advanced Warfare 4.