LOCAL pacer Lennys In Heaven, trained by club president Dennis Day, looks very well placed to break back into the winner’s circle this afternoon, when the Goulburn Harness Racing Club hosts a compact six race program, with the first scheduled for 2.52pm.
The six year old gelding last greeted the judge in first place when taking out the $10,000 Bankstown City Council Cup during August.
Since the win Lennys In Heaven has had a handful of starts and following his close up fifth behind Cheers Robbie and Albert Jaccka at Goulburn is now ready to find winning form again.
This afternoon the Blissfull Hall gelding has drawn barrier one in the second race of the afternoon, the $3000 A.C Buddy Pace over 1710m and should have the speed to set the tempo from the start.
His main danger is the stablemate Whatifwhynot, who was a brilliant winner at the Goulburn meeting held on December 10, when he recorded a fast 1:56.7 mile rate.
Drawn on the outside of the small, six horse field, Whatifwhynot has the credentials to provide the stable with the quinella.
In the last race of the day, the $3000 Tab Number 1 Club pace over 1710m, the Graham Moon trained Franco Seville will have strong support following his impressive win at Goulburn on Christmas Eve.
On that occasion the five-yearold horse was having his first start in Australia and after racing in the death seat proved far too strong for a handy field.
In today’s event, Franco Seville has drawn barrier four and looks well placed to take up a forward position.
His strongest opposition should come from other locally trained horses in Sneaky Catch for the Bigga based Dennis Picker stable and the David Hewitt trained and driven Alberts Flight.
Sneaky Catch will be having his third run from a long spell and should be at his prime following two solid efforts at Wagga and Young.
Of the other events interest will be strong in the Darren Hancock trained three-year-old Wolfpack who should start favourite in the fourth race of the afternoon, the $3000 TAB Pace.
The winner of two races from only five starts, Wolfpack has matched it with some quality opposition in his debut year last season.
He has drawn barrier seven in race four and whilst taking on some older runners he should have the talent to be first across the line.
Patrons attending the Goulburn Paceway this afternoon can expect the usual good quality food and cold drinks.
A licenced bar and TAB are also in place in the temporary building during the construction of the grandstand.
Whilst some inconvenience can be expected, the racing action will more than make up for it, and all fans are invited to attend the Paceway this afternoon where entry is for free.