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Herald Sun Form Guide : March 23rd 2013
+ + HERALDSUN.COM.AU SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013 RACING 57 prospect to Star Trotting out the cash for a good cause Mick Guerin WHILE tonight's Great Southern Star is about showcasing trotting as the truly international gait, on another level it has reiterated what a close-knit family the industry can be. I might be biased but, in my experience working across a range of mediums, trotting people are the most selfless, generous and loyal of any sporting code. The Great Southern Star, with its two heats and final in one night, is the focus of the evening but the most important work will be off the track --- the meeting raises funds for the fight against ovarian cancer. The fundraising sits alongside the Breed For Speed race series, which has been named in honour of Lyn McPherson, whose husband Duncan is a major owner of trotters and instigated the charity work at tonight's meeting. Last year, $80,000 was raised for research into this disease; organisers hope for more than $100,000 tonight. And some of the biggest names in harness racing are chipping in. Already Kate Gath, Kerryn Manning and Jodi Quinlan, whose mother fought ovarian cancer, are ambassadors for the charity, the Women's Cancer Foundation. And plenty of others will join them, some through what started out as a mere jibe on Twitter. I was discussing the Great Southern Star with former Herald Sun writer Adam Hamilton and suggested we both throw in $250 for a bet at the meeting, with any proceeds to go to the charity. It was a small way of showing our support but plenty of others in the family known as ''the Trots'' suddenly wanted to help out. Just through social media and a mention on radio station RSN, the sum raised for a charity punting club tonight is past $3000. We have had leading horsemen like Luke McCarthy, Gary Hall Jr, Nathan Jack and Shayne Cramp donate, as well as industry insiders. Harness Racing Victoria has set up an account for deposits and we would love to get to about $5000 and then lean on form analysts like Bill Hutchison and Michael Polster to find the best two or three bets for a couple of decent cracks. If we hit that target and then back a winner, whoever comes out on top in the inaugural GSS will be of secondary importance to me. As for that Great Southern Star winner? I have no doubts Stig is the best horse in the series but he isn't ideally suited by the sprint trip and is still a few per cent below his best. And I think heat placings and, therefore, where they draw for the final will be crucial, so Sovereignty looks the best each-way chance pre-heats. My advice would be not to get carried away until an hour before the race, because there are plenty of pieces to this puzzle we haven't seen yet. Donations can be made at HRV Fund Account: BSB: 013497; Account: 837651657. p FIRST RACE: 6.05pm GREAT SOUTHERN STAR FINAL: 10pm (Race 9) HOW MUCH: Free admission MAIN EVENTS: $250,000 Group 1 Pryde's Easifeed Great Southern Star (Race 9). $50,000 Pryde's Easifeed Great Southern Star Elimination Heat 1 (Group 1) (Race 3), $50,000 Pryde's Easifeed Great Southern Star Elimination Heat 2 (Group 1) (Race 4), $30,000 Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Gold Series Final (Group 2) (Race 7) DINING: Bistro packages for the evening are still available from $50 per person. Marquee packages are also available for $65 per person. Please call Tabcorp Park on (03) 8746 0600 for details. ENTERTAINMENT: Girls Night Out in support of Women's Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Institute including Luxury Ladies Lounge (live DJ and Dave Thornton from The Fox); Pampered Princess (featuring complimentary tarot readings, massage, make- up and photo-booth); FREE Hot To Trot Marquee featuring bar, food and tote; Fashions on the Field major prize $4,000 Chadstone Shopping Indulgence; Win a Trip to Sweden in the racebook competition; live music on the front lawn provided by Saskwatch, after-party in The Legends cafI; Camp Australia activities for the kids. GETTING THERE: By car, take the Western Highway from Melbourne until you reach the rst Melton exit on to Ferris Road. The Melway REF is 337 F11. GAT ES OPEN: 4pm Pavillion (f NEED TO KNOW Tabcorp Park, Melton Starring role: Trainer David Aiken with Cold Sister (left) and My High Expectations, and (inset) driving Cold Sister to victory last year.
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