Eugowra prepares for Canola Cup

Eugowra Harness Racing Club’s Canola Cup will reach a wider audience this year, with the club announcing that both the October 1 final and September 28 heats will be covered by TAB and broadcast on Sky TV.
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The club also announced last week that Lexus Of Parramatta will again sponsor the 2012 $20,000 Canola Cup final.

The heats of the Canola Cup for CO class pacers will be run on Sunday, September 23, with the meeting to be covered by the TAB for the first time. Heats will carry $8000 prizemoney, up from $1500 last year, and will be broadcast on Sky 2.

The $20,000 Lexus Of Parramatta Canola Cup final will be run on Monday, October 1 and will be broadcast on Sky 1.

Club president Lex Crosby thanked Lexus Of Parramatta principal Rod Smith for once again lending his support to the meeting.

“Rod has a real passion for country harness racing and has been a long time supporter of the club,” Crosby said.

Through his company Kriden Investments, Smith has also donated a trip for two to Queenstown, New Zealand for a lucky racegoer.

The club also announced that Mark McNamara will be a special guest and will call the meeting. “Mark called many races at Eugowra before heading over the water to New Zealand and we are looking forward to once again hearing his dulcet tones calling the cup final,” Crosby said.

The Eugowra Club has a brand new bar and canteen facility at the showground under construction and this will be opened on the Canola Cup final day by a representative from the NSW Coalition Government.

Other feature races on the day include the $10,000 Pepper Tree Farm Don Tildsley Memorial for C5 and better class pacers to be run over 1700 metres. Pepper Tree Farm will hold their annual sale on Sunday, September 30, the day before the Canola Cup, so it will be a chance for harness racing enthusiasts to make a long weekend and travel to the Central West.

Thanks to Tabcorp Park Menangle, the $7000 heats of the Eugowra to Tabcorp Park Menangle series for C1-C3 pacers will be held on final day, with qualifiers advancing to the $12,000 final to be conducted at Menangle.

Other races include the $8000 Canola Cup Gold Consolation, $7000 Canola Cup Silver Consolation, $7000 3CO and better and the $7000 C3-C5 Mick Rawsthorne Memorial.

Lex Crosbie said Eugowra’s population is expected to triple for the 14th staging of the Canola Cup final and family picnic day.

“Canola Cup day is not only the most spectacular pacing event on the calendar it is also the most prestigious social occasion of the year in the Eugowra district,” he said.

Organisers are expecting between 1500 and 2000 people to flock to the small town for a day of harness racing, partying, slick fashion and entertainment.

“Dad, mum and the whole family will be catered for when Eugowra Showground Paceway comes alive from 12pm for a spectacular day of fanfare,” Crosbie said.

Back by popular demand is the Canola Cup VIP Lawn Marquee, located along the parade ring with a wonderful view of the track and surrounds. Admission includes champagne on arrival, cheese platter, sumptuous two course meal catered by Eat Your Greens function centre, bar and Sky channel facilities for just $55 per person.

Numbers are limited, so to avoid missing out, go to www.trybooking/BUXR or phone club secretary Jodie Greenhalgh on 0427-592-481.

During the carnival of activities for the final, race goers will find a family picnic day atmosphere including a fashion parade supported by the Little Black Dress (Parkes), fashions on the field for the best dressed lady, junior and gents (prizes valued at over $1,000), live band and music supplied by the very popular Ragged Edge (Dubbo), free jumping castle, inflatable bouncing pony races, Pooka’s Magical Fun Show and twisting balloon sculptures, pony rides, sand-art, face painting, spray tattoos, snow cones, fairy floss, coffee van and Mr Whippy’s ice-cream van.

Among the host of attractions will be the Travealy horse drawn carriage from Cowra giving all guests an opportunity to ride in their eight-seater carriage.

All amenities will be on course. Local and interstate bookmakers will be operating, on course TAB van, plus a fully operational bar and canteen.

Tent sites are available, phone 6859-2525 or 0427-592-481.

“The Eugowra club is most grateful to all its sponsors and everyone in the district is looking forward to an exciting day’s racing and the many other activities on offer,” Crosbie said.

The gate for the final will open at 11.30am with first race scheduled for 12 noon.

Eugowra’s Canola Cup heats and finals are approaching.

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