After last racing on the 14th December, Goulburn Race Club kicks off its 2018 calendar of racing with today’s seven-race card. The meeting will kick start a busy month for the tablelands club with three meetings in four weeks, the highlight being the SERA Country Championships Qualifier event.
Goulburn’s first race on kicks off at 2pm and the club’s CEO, Robyn Fife, said everyone in and around the club is excited at getting Goulburn racing “back on track” for 2018.
“If the club was a racehorse you’d say we are primed to go first up from a spell,” Ms Fife said. “With another race meeting on the 12th of February and the Country Championships Qualifier twelve days later on Saturday 24th, we are looking forward to hosting some really strong and exciting racing over the next month.”
As is always the case at Goulburn, the locals will offer stiff competition for any out of area trainers hoping for “hit and run” success at the meeting. Local horses make up 25% of acceptors and look capable of producing the right horse to win a race or two.
The prolific Danny Williams stable saddles up a brace of runners across the program with plenty of interest centred on the lightly-raced Delude. The gelding finds a suitable race to kick off his second campaign in, having won his maiden at Moruya at just start number two prior to a spell.
Originally a dual acceptor at the meeting, Delude steps out in Race 3, a Benchmark 58 Handicap over 1200m. The galloper is currently second elect in the TAB Fixed Odds market at $3.70, with stablemate El Mo scratched after finishing third in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Rosehill.
Recent Highway Handicap winners Emma & Lucy Longmire have two runners engaged on their home patch with their Reset mare Riverset ($9.50), looking capable of improvement third up on her home track. The mare stuck to her task solidly when beaten less than four lengths on a heavy track at Nowra last start.
The Kurt Goldman trained God Sent has more than a prayer’s chance in Race 5, a 3YO maiden and currently holds down second spot in the TAB Fixed Odds market at $4.60. First up from a spell, the horse showed steady improvement in all three runs at its first campaign and looks capable of offering a competitive result despite the presence of the $1.22 odds-on pop, Winds Of Change (Waterhouse-Bott).
In the closer on the card, the Keith Dryden & Scott Collings partnership produces consistent galloper Can She Kiss ($3.50 favourite). The mare has been placed in three of her four starts this campaign and looks well placed back to class one grade. In the same event, the John Bateman-trained Readabeel ($5) strips fitter off a first-up run at Wagga where she worked home well in the closing stages.