The Goulburn Paceway on Monday afternoon will be the venue for the Goulburn club’s final race meeting of the current season. An interesting eight race card has been drawn together, with the feature race being the Thankyou Margaret O’Neill Pace.
Named in recognition of Margaret’s many years of commitment and service to not only the light harness sport, but the broader Goulburn Community, the Thankyou Margaret O’Neill Pace provides Crookwell pacer Roarn with the ideal opportunity to win his fourth race on the trot. In doing so, trainer Daniel Rowell is hoping to secure the leading position in the Canberra and Goulburn horse of the year series.
A last start winner at the track, Roarn has come up with gate three and should find himself settling with the leading division. In his last win Roarn came from well back in the field to swamp his rivals when winning by a short half head, recording the smart mile rate of 1:56.5 for the 1710 metre race distance.
While his main danger, the Neil Day trained and driven That’s Ideal, is drawn inside of him in the two gate, Roarn does seem to have the better gate speed as shown when obliterating a field at Canberra earlier this season. In that event Roarn led from start to finish and a replay of that speed will be a decided advantage in the smaller nine horse race on Monday.
That’s Ideal has been racing very well for the Day camp, and as the winner of two from his last five starts will prove hard to beat. At Goulburn on the 27 May, That’s Ideal went down by a short half head to Roarn when he came from a midfield position, but with only three strong chances in Monday’s race, That’s Ideal is a risk of being caught outside of the leader’s position.
The Wayne Dimech trained Macca Kelly is the sole horse drawn on the second line. He is a very smart but injury prone pacer and following his first up run behind Roarn will be much improved for Monday’s assignment.
The Goulburn Canberra Horse of the year is proudly ponsored by Tabcorp to the tune of $7,500, and leading into today’s race meeting Roarn is sitting second with 40 points behind the Josh Powderly trained Topsie Grinner who leads the way on 41 points and is also engaged in Monday’s race meeting.
Topsie Grinner will be driven by 2018 Rising Star contender Todd Day, and the former Goulburn boy will be out to maximise the Grinner’s point standing when he contests race five, the RSM Accountants Pace.
Drawn in gate seven, Topsie Grinner is a strong place chance but will find strong opposition from the Forbes trained Gotta Go Jazzy Jet. The 5yo mare has won her last two starts at Wagga Wagga, and from the 3 gate looks a very strong chance to lead throughout. Her main dangers are the well drawn My Cullinan and Topsie Grinner
Racing on Monday kicks off at 12:16 pm, and the club’s committee invites all harness fans to come out and help make the day a success. Experience the wonderful facilities of the Grace Millson Centre and enjoy quality food and a wide range of cold alcoholic and soft drinks while watching all the racing action in air conditioned comfort.