Pacing Cup a ‘successful’ finish to year for Harness Racing Club | Photos

Nearly 450 people braved the conditions to attend the 2017 Stawell Pacing Cup on Sunday. 

Forecast rain was not enough to keep the punters away from the annual event, with numbers remaining similar as previous years. 

Stawell Harness Racing Club chief executive officer Lisa McIlvride said she was pleased with the turnout.

“We had a really good day considering the expected weather,” she said.

“People attending in way of food, bar and betting was similar to last year.

“Everyone seemed to have a good time on the day. It was a very successful day.”

Entry was free on the day, with plenty of activities for children available.

“There was face painting, laser tag, a V8 simulator, a jumping castle and live music which was all great,” McIlvride said. 

“Our aim is to make our race-days as family friendly as possible.”

Eight races were run on the day, with Emma Stewart trained Shadow Sax winning the Pacing Cup.

Our aim is to make our race-days as family friendly as possible

Lisa McIlvride

The gelding was the clear favourite going into the race, picking up its fifth win of the season in five starts.

The winner picked up $17,100 in prize-money. 

New Zealand horse Charming Lavra won the Trotters Cup. 

Sunday was the final race-day of 2017 for the Stawell Harness Racing Club. 

It has been a big year for the club, with massive renovations finishing and more and more horses racing at the track throughout the year. 

“2017 has been a good year for the club – we have had a lot of things improve,” McIlvride said.

“Some meets we have hosted had full bookings with 10 races which we haven’t had in a while.

“We have had great support from Harness Racing Victoria and can’t wait to host more meets again next year.”

The club will hold its next meet on January 26, 2018.