ALL you needed was for Kylie Minogue to be in attendance at Menangle last Saturday night to complete the picture.
Oh, what a night!
The race and sectional times recorded at Menangle simply beggared belief.
If ever there was a more resounding endorsement of the Australasian standardbred and Tabcorp Park Menangle as the premier Southern Hemisphere harness racing facility, Saturday night provided that!
The results on the night were a ringing endorsement of the professionalism of trackside staff in preparing a blindingly-fast surface.
The prevailing weather conditions were also superb.
Race One was won by the Craig Cross-trained Pocket Of Terror, a gelded son of Western Terror in a time of 1.50.5.
Cross followed up in Race 2 with Little Rascal, a gelded son of Panspacificflight, winning in a time of 1.50.3.
Not to be outdone by those achievements, Cross followed up with Bettor Enforce, a Bettors Delight mare, winning Race Three in the spectacular time of 1.48.9!
The regular scheduling of guaranteed mares’ races by Club Menangle and HRNSW have shown their worth time and time again, but Saturday night was actual vindication.
A closer evaluation of the race won by Bettor Enforce provided an incredible read.
The race times for the first six placegetters in the race were all under 1.50! This almost unbelievable result reads:
- 48.90 Bettor Enforce
- 49.08 Art Series
- 49.09 Hows The Memory
- 49.45 Island Banner
- 49.55 Fame Assured
- 49.77 Redbank Addi
The seventh placed horse Tralee Bromac was timed in 1.50.11, and the seventh placed horse Power Surge was timed at 1.50.6.
The fun did not end there as the Craig Cross trained Wrangler, a gelded son of Bettors Delight, won race 7 in a time of 1.48.8.
Three other races on the program were won in 1.51 for the mile.
The results on Saturday provide a great lead-in to the forthcoming yearling sales on both sides of the ditch.
Saturday night was proof positive of the capacity and capability of the Australasian standardbred.
The results also point to the forthcoming Sky Carnival of Miracles at Tabcorp Park Menangle being one of the most exciting harness racing events in 2020.
Bring it on!
Congratulations must go to Owen Mulligan and his trackside staff at Tabcorp Park Menangle for providing a superb racing surface.
– ALEX SMITH