Sunday a Big Day for Harness Racing
Harness racing tends to be overshadowed in sports news by flat racing, but the discipline nevertheless has plenty of fans in both Australia and New Zealand. For these punters, the highlight of the year is coming up this Sunday, when Tabcorp Park Melton hosts Australasia’s richest race day: Breeders Crown Day, with prize money totalling $1.3-million. If you can’t get to the track you can always place your bets online at Crownbet.
Or at least, it will remain Australasia’s richest race day until the $10-million The Everest is run in October. Then it will be demoted to Australasia’s richest day of harness racing, which is still not to be sniffed at.
There are eight categories in play on Sunday, as the competitors are divided by age, sex and discipline. So 2yo fillies, 2yo colts and geldings, 3yo fillies and 3yo colts and geldings all compete separately in both pace and trot divisions, making eight races in all.
2017 Breeders Crown 3yo Colts and Geldings
The race of the day garnering the most interest is likely to be the 2017 Breeders Crown 3yo Colts and Geldings, in the pace division. The colts in particular will be of interest, as one of the purposes of Breeders Crown Day is to allow punters to spot the champion sires of the future.
Currently leading the betting is The More The Better, odds-on at $0.60. Stars Align is next in the odds, at $2.50, followed by Motu Meteor at $5.00 and Our Little General at $7.50.
There are nine other colts and geldings in the field, but with all of them at $30.00 and above, they’re outsiders.
Trot Will Also Be Worth a Punt
The trotting races may not have the full-throttle thrills of the pace division in harness racing, but it requires it own skills and has its own rewards to offer punters. The 2017 Breeders Crown Trotting 3yo Colts and Geldings race, also on Sunday, has several options.
Jilliby Babavska is the $0.66 favourite, followed by War Spirit at $2.30 and Empire Bay at $5.50. On Fast Forward is at $8.50, with Claudys Prince and Kheiron both at $9.00. The other six nominees are at $12.00 and up.