Local people urged to support harness racing

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Gore Harness Racing Club president Ross Cleland is urging the community to head along and support the club’s meeting on Saturday.

Cleland said it was important the region supported racing in Gore after the prospect of the Gore track closing by 2024 was raised in a recent report prepared for the Government.

“We really encourage people to come along. We really need the community support – it’s important to support the region,” Cleland said.

The club had until the end of next week to put a submission forward to the Department of Internal Affairs in a bid to stop the track’s permanent closure.

“Showing up to the races and supporting them would be the first step.”

The meeting on Saturday was the third of the season and about 120 horses from Canterbury, Otago and Southland were expected to compete.

“There’s 10 races throughout the day, both trots and paces,” Cleland said.

“I think it will be some very exciting racing. We’ve got a couple of really good ones going on there and the mayor’s race final is on too.”

Southland trainer-drivers Robin Swain and Shane Matheson were looking good for the weekend’s racing, Cleland said.

The club’s next meeting is on December 27.

“We get lots of people turn up to that day so we are really hoping for the same again this year.”

The Gore Harness Racing Club’s meeting would begin at noon at the Gore racecourse on Saturday.There is free admission.