THE harness spotlight will shine on Tasmania next month with the V75 Tasmanian Harness Carnival likely to boast the best fields ever assembled in the feature races to be run on all three tracks on the Apple Isle.
The carnival will comprise three meetings over two weeks with Devonport to host opening night on December 13.
The $20,000 Devonport City Council Quality for free-for-allers should be speckled with interstate horses, while the $20,000 Lemonthyme Lodge Leigh Plunkett (mares’ classic) is sure to boast some of the best mares racing on the eastern seaboard.
The Collins Realty Gold Label for four-year-olds also carries a $20,000 purse and this promises to be a great race even if only local four-year-olds contest the event.
A strong support card will make what promises to be a grand carnival opener.
The carnival moves to Launceston week later with the Launceston Pacing Club’s $50,000 Betfair City of Launceston Cup likely to attract many high-profile interstate pacers.
The V75 $20,000 3YO Championship will boast Tasmania’s best and the $20,000 Alabar Mother of Pearl is sure to be another great race.
The carnival concludes in Hobart on December 27 with another three feature races that includes the Group 1 $125,000 Wrest Point Tasmania Cup, a discretionary handicap over 2579 metres with a maximum back mark of 30 metres.
Most of the nation’s elite free-for-allers are likely to make the trip across Bass Strait and this year there is again interest from New Zealand.
The $50,000 Betfair George Johnson for mares will see Tasmanian-owned and bred Deanna Troy attempt to win the race for the second time after which she would most likely be retired to stud.
The $20,000 SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Guineas also should boast a great field.
The carnival will be officially launched in Hobart on December 7.
Melbourne radio station Sport927 will produce its Prime Time Sports breakfast show live from the Tasman Room at Wrest Point Hotel Casino and include the carnival launch as part of that morning’s program.