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Tasmanian night racing kicks off this week

22 / 10 / 2012 Article by: Editor
The Night Racing season starts at The TOTE Racing Centre on Wednesday night (October 24) icon Click to enlarge

WEDNESDAY night racing at The TOTE Racing Centre at Mowbray will be a key feature of the 2012/13 thoroughbred season.

Tasracing chief executive officer Eliot Forbes said the track would host 21 meetings between Wednesday 24 October 2012 and Wednesday 24 April 2013.

“The track is in excellent condition and has benefited from an extended break in preparation for the first night meeting on Wednesday,” he said.

Dr Forbes said the night meetings would be broadcast on Sky 1.

“Importantly, as was the case last year, they will follow on from several prominent midweek interstate metropolitan thoroughbred meetings,” he said.

“In addition, a number of Wednesday night races will continue to be broadcast into France, one of the world’s largest wagering markets, through wagering operator PMU France which provides an additional funding stream for the industry.

“The first of these will be on Wednesday 7 November 2012.”

Dr Forbes said a number of 2013 AAMI Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival feature races would be run as night races at The TOTE Racing Centre.

“They are the Magic Millions races for 2YOs and 3YOs on 13 February, the night before the Magic Millions yearling sales in Launceston, and the Tasmanian Oaks and the Vamos Stakes on 20 February,” he said.

The first meting on Wednesday night boasts an eight-race program with the first scheduled to start at 6.10pm and the last at 10.25.