Bumper month of racing

A plethora of harness racing. Who could wish for more? And yet it has been a sad road that has enabled the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club to mark up, at least, the next five weekends to a trotting programme.

But, like any opportunity, it should be grabbed with both hands and used to the best of its possibility.

Due to the debacle that is happening in Adelaide, with all racing at Globe Derby having been postponed for the time being and the race meetings shared out among other country clubs until there is a resolution to the matters.

There had been a break in Port Pirie for three weeks while meetings were sorted but all is OK to go again now.

This Saturday night will see nine races on the programme.

Amongst them is the $30,000 2019 Alabar Golden Nursery Stakes Final for 2 year olds run in a night of pacing that has been transferred to the Pirie track.

Along with the high stake money will be a rug and cup.

Vying for the nice sized purse will be Peter Bain's Hilltop Surfer and Emma Stewart's Celebrity Chef.

Giving them both a good run for their money in this elite event will be Wolf of West Bay and the local, Hesashark, trained and driven by Dale Afford.

Although Hesashark has drawn eleven in the barrier stakes, I am sure he will have the grunt to take out the 1609 metre race.

Along with this event on the evening's programme is the final in the Aaron Bain Racing Stable 3yo Colts & Geldings and also the final in the Biano Re-inforcing 3yo Fillies.

Both of these races are over 2050 metres and both are worth $10,000.

The three year old fillies final will see Dale Afford's three year old filly, Shesashark and there will have to be some sporty speed to get up to beat this one.

The fact that there was the extra break in the calendar was a God send to both John and myself as we have both been suffering badly with the flu, as have another 300 plus people in SA per day.

If you haven't had your flu injection, don't mess around, have it now.

A sentimental race of the evening will be the Bet McArthur Memorial.

Betty McArthur was around, carrying out her volunteering duties when I wasn't all that old, how I remember her buzzing around, always on the go.

She was a tiny sprite and no-one deserved to lose her life, the way that Betty did.

Struck down outside the trotting track, going to visit her long time friend Ailsa McBride, just across the road.

It is now five years since Bet passed away and still it is hard to find a volunteer like she was. We remember you well, Betty.

This could be an interesting race with eleven nominated for the privilege.

Leah Harvey's Nevaevabend will be battling it out against the likes of Tossup, The Quick Shadow and Tap The Keg.

Nine races on the programme with the first race kicking off at 6.17pm. It should be a fantastic night of racing, so why be sitting home watching your footy team go down the gurgler.

Come on out and hear the pounding of hooves pounding down the straight. It' s a full month of harness racing at Phoenix Park, so don't miss a moment of it.

See you at the track!