Harness club ready for season to commence

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Excitement is building ahead of the new Albany Harness Racing Club season, which starts tomorrow night featuring an eight-race card at Harold Reid Paceway.

In total, 10 meetings have been scheduled at the club this season, with the highlights being the annual $30,000 Albany Pacing Cup on February 2 and the popular New Year’s Eve fixture on December 31, while the $10,000 Denmark Cup is programmed in March.

Tomorrow’s season opener has attracted strong fields, with the $8500 Libby Harding Pace (2258m) the feature race on the card that kicks off at 7.06pm.

Metropolitan trainer Colin Brown has a strong hand in the race, with impressive mare Eden Franco drawn on the second row and stablemate Star Armbro beginning from gate two on the front line.

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AHRC president Laurie Eldridge said preparations were almost complete ahead of the big 2017-18 season.

“The club is in a very strong place at the moment — we have a hard-working committee and can’t wait for things to kick off,” he said.

“We are one of the clubs to implement the OHS. Financially we are very good and we are doing some major improvements around the venue including having our own water source.”

Eldridge confirmed the club would have visiting trainers based here for the season and said the demand was high to improve the trackside facilities to enable more trainers to stay here across the season lasting almost four months.

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