Keeping Pace: Nine-race program includes three features

TOO GOOD: Nathan Dawson guides Invite Only to the win at Inverell last Sunday. He will be looking for some more winning drives at Armidale this Sunday.
TOO GOOD: Nathan Dawson guides Invite Only to the win at Inverell last Sunday. He will be looking for some more winning drives at Armidale this Sunday.

Armidale will showcase a nine-race program this Sunday with three features – the $10,000 Armidale Cup, the $10,000 Golden Horse Shoe for three-year-olds and the Bill Barraclough Memorial.

The latter will have a Missile Gig as the trophy.

Ultimate Art – a 2016 Inter-Dominion contender – is returning to Armidale from the Michael Formosa stables after a winning effort last year, as is Strathlachlan Andy from the Geoff Harding stables. Both have scored the visitors draw in the $10,000 Roberts and Morrow Chartered Accountants Armidale Cup.

The Ducats Earthmoving Armidale Golden Horse Shoe Three-Year-old will once again see quality, with Queensland pacer Courageous Leo looking for five wins on the trot, while Hunter Valley pacer Rocknlachlan will look for back-to-back wins. Or we will we see the local pacer Shadow Dealer from the Wayne Gray stables at Moonbi take home the title in the $10,000 race?

NATHAN Dawson starred at last week’s Inverell meeting when the Queensland reinsman drove four winners  – giving him a total of seven winning drives for the week.

Dawson is about to travel to Armidale to contest the Paceway for the first time when he takes five drives. So can he emulate his Inverell success? 

The first race at Armidale on Sunday is 12.55pm.

BATHURST Harness Racing Club are gearing up for their big Gold Crown Carnival. It is nice to see that Peter and Marie Neil have been announced as the Gold Crown Honourees for 2018. You have seen many of their horses racing around the North West, with the name of Shannon appearing in each of their racehorse’s names.

THE Teal Appeal wraps up this Sunday, with the Armidale meeting being the last event we will see teal trousers worn by the reinswomen for another year. It has been a great fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, with $30,000 raised in NSW. Every winning reinswomen donated $200 donated from Harness Racing NSW to the cause.

There will be plenty of teal at the Armidale meeting, with teal trousers to appear in 24 drives. 

At Inverell, Sarah Rushbrook had her second win in teal trousers, while Sydney-based reinswoman Maddi Young gained her first win in teal at Inverell.

Up until last Tuesday, there had been 74 wins by the ladies, including 10 on North West tracks – including one at Tamworth where the ladies finished 1,2,3.

HARNESS racing at Narrabri on March 18.