The Wide Bay Harness Club is looking forward to getting harness racing up and running again in Maryborough.
The Wide Bay Harness Club is looking forward to getting harness racing up and running again in Maryborough.

Countdown on for Marybh racing

RACING: It is now only three days until the Wide Bay Harness Club holds its first Sunday program in Maryborough.

The track has been mostly idle for more than 20 years but that will be a thing of the past come Sunday.

Punters will also be able to watch the Sky racing channel, which will be screened at the track.

Club president Bob McCrae said the program would comprise seven events with full fields in each race and prize money had already been guaranteed for the meeting.

Mr McCrae said the track remained in perfect condition and would only need a slight grading to make it a super surface for harness racing.

It is hoped that with enough support the Wide Bay Harness Club would have a case to eventually become involved in the national scene with TAB and Sky Channel coverage.

Mr McCrae said that at the present time the only drawback to not presenting a case to the relevant authorities was the need for sponsorship.

The original complex was sanctioned by former Racing Minister Russ Hinze for trotting events on a Saturday afternoon to coincide with southern gallop meetings until it was found that support through the turnstiles made it difficult to sanction the necessary prize money.

The population increase around the Wide Bay since that time means this attempt to get harness racing up and running on the Fraser Coast is likely to be a success.



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