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Saturday 'Trots Night' as HRV releases '18-19 racing calendar

Saturday night will be strengthened as the feature night for showcasing Victorian trots as evidenced by the 2018-19 racing calendar released by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today.

Saturday 'Trots Night' as HRV releases '18-19 racing calendar

Saturday night will be strengthened as the feature night for showcasing Victorian trots as evidenced by the 2018-19 racing calendar released by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today.

Tabcorp Park Melton hosting over 40 Saturday night meetings and the majority of the remaining Saturday nights featuring premier country cups.

“Saturday night was always trots night in years past and it made sense returning to that space to ensure feature races are afforded the coverage they deserve with maximum exposure to the fans,” HRV CEO David Martin said.


Among a host of Saturday night features at Tabcorp Park Melton will be the 2018 Breeders Crown Finals. In recent years Australasia’s premier futurity grand finals have been placed among a crowded thoroughbred schedule in the daytime, making it harder to showcase.

“The move of the Breeders Crown Finals to Saturday night allows our broadcast partners a better opportunity to promote and deliver the coverage these races deserve,” Mr Martin said.

The new calendar features 10 extra race meetings based primarily on local horse population.

“It is vital we support the strong horse population in the Mildura region and that club has been granted three additional meetings, which the local participants will appreciate,” Mr Martin said.

“It is a similar story in North-Central Victoria, where Cobram and Echuca, have each picked up an extra meeting.”

HRV also reveals a new fast-class lead-up to the 2018 Inter Dominion, which comes about through country cup feature races at Kilmore, Cranbourne and Geelong finding new timeslots after direct consultation with the clubs.

The Kilmore Pacing Cup has been shifted from March to Thursday night September 27 – the night before the AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday.

The Cranbourne Gold Cup has moved from March to Saturday night October 27, a fortnight after the Victoria Cup, while the Geelong Pacing Cup will be run on Saturday night November 24, a week before the Inter Dominion series begins.

The Vicbred Super Series has also undergone changes with the Semi-Finals to be spread over two nights in 2019, Friday June 28 and Saturday June 29 at Tabcorp Park Melton.

Sunday October 21 will be a race-free day due to the Gordon Rothacker Medal being held that evening, which allows all trots participants the opportunity to attend.

Mr Martin thanked clubs for their cooperation and assistance in developing the new calendar.

“Clubs submitted their initial list of preferences and our programmer Gary Bennetts has worked hard to accommodate as many of those as possible into the advanced draft taking into account a range of constraints such as other Victorian and interstate racing calendars, Sky 1 availability, and local events in country towns. Prior to release of this final calendar, a number of changes were made based on club feedback, whilst keeping in mind our overriding objective to deliver an outcome that is best for the whole industry,” Mr Martin said.
Harness Racing Victoria




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