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Special celebrations

STRONG acceptances are expected for Sunday’s Boort Trotting Club Cups meeting.

Club officials were expected to frame an eight-race card after final acceptances closed yesterday.

President John Campbell said this year’s cup day also had special significance for the region and the history of trotters and harness racing in Australia.

It’s the 10th running of the $14,500 pacing cup back in Boort after races were returned to the local track in 2012.

And the meeting marks the centenary of the first Boort Cup in 1921 that was won by Grand Voyage with trainer and club committeeman Paddy Glasheen in the sulky.

Mr Campbell said Glasheen descendants would travel to Boort on Sunday for the 2021 cup, among them the “pacing padre” Fr Brian Glasheen.

The sulky driven by Paddy Glasheen in Grand Voyage’s victory will be on display.

Mr Campbell said the pacing and trotting cups were highlight feature races that also included the Foley Tribute for pacers and the Rob Coutts Tribute for trotters,

He said Coutts had been the first chairman of Boort Trotting Club when it was formed in 1891, initially as a partnership with the gallops.

“A century ago, the club was in a very successful period and it was surprising that the first cup was 20 years after being formed,” he said.

Since the return of harness racing to Boort a decade ago, success has made a comeback. “We’ve been able to lift prizemoney for the Foley and Coutts races from $7500 to $12,000 thanks to local sponsorship from Boort Lakes Holiday Park and Nutrien Ag,” he said.

Mr Campbell said Cups Day was again being made possible by a strong committee with equally strong support from the community.

Sunday’s meeting will also include fashions on the field.

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