THE arrival of December means the countdown to Boxing Day’s Shirley Turnbull Memorial begins in earnest but before then there’s another Bathurst Paceway feature that needs to be decided.
Bathurst RSL Club Soldier’s Saddle semi-finals take place this Wednesday night, giving the region’s C1 and C2-graded runners a chance to win a treasured prize.
With the top six horses from each semi-final qualifying for the decider it means there’s a great chance for outside hopes to make the cut.
It’s hard to pick a favourite for the first semi-final.
Amy Rees’ Sams Express has been in excellent form without finding a victory but faces a test from widest on the back row.
Scarlet Babe (Bernie Hewitt) commands attention after her heat win while Grosestar (Steve Turnbull) seeks to improve following a runner-up finish on Gilgandra Cup day.
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Uncle Ryan (Chris Frisby) and Elle Yeah (Dennis Picker) look in excellent touch early in their preparations.
A couple of noteworthy runners look hard to beat in the second event.
My Secret Beach (Amanda Turnbull) comes in with a hat trick of wins although this will be his biggest test yet.
Ominous Warning (Peter Trevor-Jones) waltzed home to win his heat and runner-up in that race, Brads Luck (Hewitt), deserves consideration.
Bathurst Harness Racing Club marketing manager Marianne Donnelly said the series has been an exciting one for racing fans to follow.
“It’s a really great series for us to have in the lead up to our Carnival of Cups meeting on Shirley Turnbull Memorial night,” she said.
“We’re really pleased with the turnout that we’ve had for these races. We’ve seen some really exciting racing through the heats and I expect that to be the case for the semi-finals and final as well.”
Semi-final start 6.10pm.