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Herald Sun Form Guide : March 8th 2013
58 FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013 HERALDSUN.COM.AU + + + + FB123 C M Y K DHS 8-MAR-2013 PAGE 58 FIRST MELBOURNE FESTIVAL OF RACING Help yourself to Caviar Valley girl: Black Caviar will try to stretch her streak to 24 wins in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 22. Brad Bishop Valley expects sell-out for likely Melbourne swansong THE only question to be asked of any sports fan yet to see Black Caviar race live is why not? The undefeated mare is a national legend who has been elev- ated to a place alongside Phar Lap and Don Bradman as Australian sporting immortals. Any Victorian who has not seen her compete, but wants to, may only have one more chance. On Friday, March 22, the Peter Moody-trained mare will have what will most likely be her final start in her home state, at Moonee Valley. Victoria has been blessed, host- ing 18 of Black Caviar's 23 victories, the most recent being the Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington on February 16. Moonee Valley Racing Club is bracing for a huge night to see off the champ. ''With Black Caviar contesting the William Reid Stakes, the club is expecting a capacity crowd to witness one of the historic mo- ments in Australian racing,'' MVRC chief executive Michael Browell said. ''The Moonee Valley Racing Club feels privileged to host what could be the final Victorian race for Black Caviar and we are ensuring the night's celebrations are befit- ting of the enormity of the oc- casion. ''Plans are well under way to make what shapes as a unique event a night to be remembered and any sports fan who wants to be a part of it should quickly get their ticket so they don't miss out.'' Moonee Valley's preparations in- clude pre-selling all tickets. General admission tickets went on sale last Friday, with 3000 of the 12,000 available snapped up on the first day. Gary Wilkie, one of the part- owners who race Black Caviar, said the group had experienced some unforgettable times on Vic- torian racetracks in the past four years and hoped a big crowd could help celebrate one more win. ''We're delighted to be running in the William Reid Stakes again. It's a race she won two years ago, so it has fond memories for us,'' Wilkie said. ''The Moonee Valley Racing Club has been fantastic in their support of Black Caviar so hope- fully the weather is pleasant, everyone gets along, she gets there fit and well and makes it win No.24.'' Tickets are $30 adult, $20 con- cession and $10 for children aged 6-16. To book go to www.mvrc.net.au or phone Ticketmaster on 1300 797 959. Bendigo to herald host of big country meetings COUNTRY FESTIVAL FEATURES Tonight Casey Cup, Cranbourne Tomorrow JH Greenhill Edenhope Cup Costello Rural Towong Cup Stonelea Alexandra Cup Benambra Hotel Hinnomunjie Cup Chillout Festival Raceday, Kyneton Sunday, March 10 Moama RSL Echuca Cup Betfair Stony Creek Cup Saturday, March 16 Yalumba Golden Mile Raceday, Bendigo Sunday, March 17 Eliza Park Yarra Valley Cup THE Melbourne Festival of Racing features are no longer the domain of city racegoers. Last year Bendigo hosted Victoria's first stand alone regional Saturday fixture, headlined by the $150,000 Yalumba Golden Mile and including the $150,000 Ben- digo Guineas and the $110,000 Gold Bracelet. This year's meeting has been bolstered by the first running of the VOBIS Gold Rush, a $280,000 event re- stricted to members of Vic- toria's lucrative VOBIS Gold incentive scheme, tak- ing total stakes on offer be- yond $1 million. Bendigo Jockey Club chief executive Ian Hart is looking to build on last year's success. ''We felt privileged to host the first standalone meeting as part of last year's Festival of Racing, which we considered a huge success, and are looking forward to hosting an even bigger and better meeting next weekend,'' Hart said. ''The VOBIS Gold Rush adds to what was an already strong program, but we've also got plenty to keep racegoers entertained off the track, including the food and wine precinct, fashions on the field, First Light Rac- ing's yearling parade plus live band and kids zone. ''All Owners Gold Card holders will also receive free admission on the day.'' The Bendigo meeting her- alds a monster couple of days of feature racing in country Victoria. Sunday, March 17 --- St Patrick's Day --- will see the running of the $100,000 Yarra Valley Cup at the refurbished Yarra Valley circuit. The picturesque venue, which was recently re- opened after a $2.6 million track and facilities upgrade, will host its first cup meet- ing since 2010. Tonight marks the one- year anniversary of Cran- bourne becoming Victorian racing's second night venue and it will celebrate the milestone with an eight-race program, highlighted by the $50,000 Casey Cup. It launches a big weekend of country racing in Victoria with nine regional meetings to complement the metro- politan meetings --- at Flemington tomorrow and Moonee Valley on Monday --- over the long weekend. The Edenhope and Towong Cups will both be decided tomorrow, while provincial meetings will also be held at Kyneton and Echuca with Alexandra and Hinnomunjie to host their picnic cups. Echuca and Stony Creek will both host their cup meetings on Sunday, while the lone country fixture on the Labour Day public hol- iday is the popular Balnarr- ing picnic meeting.Brad Bishop
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