ANOTHER Golden Guitar has come and gone.
Far from sitting back, relaxing and considering how well the trio of Golden Guitar Carnival meetings went, Tamworth Harness Racing Club is preparing for two more major meetings.
While Goldplay excited the pacing fans with her scintillating and record-breaking Golden Guitar Final victory, the Tamworth club is readying for a February 13 “memorial” meeting.
“We have the Joan Bullock Memorial (1980m),” acting Tamworth chairman Mark Lowe said yesterday.
“It’s worth $8000 and sponsored by the Bullock family.
“It’s always a big race.
“And then we follow that with a March 1 gala fundraiser meeting for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Northern Inland Academy of Sport.”
That means Lowe and his Tamworth committee and staff will be busy.
However they can bask in the glow of a successful Golden Guitar Carnival that began with the Gold Nugget, continued through the Golden Guitar Heats night and onto the Golden Guitar Final night last Friday.
“We are extremely pleased with how it went, crowd-wise and TAB-wise,” Lowe said.
“It was all pretty good.
“All the people I talked to were pleased with the entertainment, on and off the track.”
The club staged a “trotting demonstration”, with Gunnedah reinswoman Sally Torrens riding a trotter and apprentice jockey Sophie Young riding a pacer.
“That went right to the wire,” Lowe said.
“I didn’t know if they could separate them.”
It was also a different night for Young.
She won the “celebrity chip- off”, a fun piece of golfing organised by Lowe as a sidelight to the racing.
The punters’ chip-off was won by Tim Brown.