Tiger Tara, trained by Kevin Pizzuto and driven by Todd McCarthy, edged out Yayas Hot Spot to win the Goulburn Soldiers Club’s Frank and Edna Day Goulburn Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The race was the feature of an action-packed Carnival of Cups program at the Goulburn Recreation Area Paceway, which was witnessed by a considerable sized crowd.
The first three placed horses in the Goulburn feature were all from New Zealand, as was the fifth finisher. In fourth place was Brad Hewitt’s Spare Me Days.
Shane and Lauren Tritton had to settle for second and third places in the class field of pacers. Franco Nelson, which won the Walla Walla Stakes in Goulburn on January 14 over the same 2240 metre distance, placed third, 6.6 metres back from the winner.
At the presentation by Soldiers Club president Michael Donnelly, members of the Day family gathered beside the winner. The Day family has been synonymous with harness racing in Goulburn, with multi-generation involvement in the sport, inspired by Frank and Edna Day. Many of the family are still actively involved today.
In the final race on Sunday the win, was claimed by another New Zealand pacer, Delightful Memphis, trained by Mark Jones and driven by Ashlee Grives. It finished 4.3 metres in front of the Amanda Turnbull-trained and driven Dream to Share, also of New Zealand breeding. In third place was the Neil Day-trained and driven That’s Ideal, which started as a long shot.
The Australia Day weekend meeting was a fundraiser for the Goulburn Base Hospital, with several staff from the hospital among the official guests at the luncheon in the Grace-Millsom Function Centre. Also among the guests were officials from Harness Racing NSW, including chairman Rod Smith.
The race meeting was one for the visitors, with out-of-town trained pacers taking all the major prize money. In race three the RMS Accountants and TAB Corp pace trainer Bernie Hewitt from Bathurst had success with I’m With Lexy ,driven by Douglas Hewitt. The Brad Hewitt-trained and driven I’m All Courage was second, and David Hewitt’s Spike Robyn was third.