From the Sulky

THEY'RE RACING: Stawell plays host to an eight-race card of harness racing action at Laidlaw Park today.
THEY'RE RACING: Stawell plays host to an eight-race card of harness racing action at Laidlaw Park today.

Stawell plays host to an eight-race card of harness racing action at Laidlaw Park and on paper, it looks to be a punter's paradise courtesy of the powerful Emma Stewart/Chris Alford team.

The combination will be represented by a number of short-priced favourites throughout the afternoon, headed by Corzin Change in the first event, starting at 12.22pm.

They will saddle up Macelli in race three, the James McLeod Memorial Pace, and will follow in the fifth with A Victor, which resumes after a lengthy absence from the track.

Local horsewoman Kerryn Manning gets her chance to post a win with the pole marker Indiana Dreaming in race seven – the Judith McLeod Memorial Pace.

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Ararat will host the Wimmera edition of Harness Racing Victoria's 2018 CEO Roadshow at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 22.

The public forum will see David Martin review the current state of play for the harness racing industry, examining the progress made since 2017 and looking towards the priorities for 2019 and beyond. 

It's a great opportunity for harness participants, stakeholders and fans to update their understanding and provide genuine input for the continuing forward momentum of the trots in Victoria. 

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Harness Racing Victoria has recently released its 2018/19 racing calendar revealing some 441 race meetings spread across the state and with more than 40 Saturday night meetings to be staged at Tabcorp Park Melton in a welcome return to the traditional showcase for metropolitan racing. 

Wimmera harness racing will see the Ararat club stage six meetings, with its cup moving away from Easter to the summer and scheduled for a Friday night, February 22. Stawell will race at Laidlaw Park nine times during the season, with its cup meeting to be held on Sunday, December 2, The Maori Legend on July 19 and Australia Day trots on the Monday public holiday, January 28. 

Horsham is set to stage 10 meetings, with the Noel Smith Memorial Invitation Drivers Championship on Labour Day, Monday, March 11 and the cup just three weeks later on Sunday 31. 

The St Arnaud club again hosts two meetings, with its cup on November 11 and Birchip Mallee Bull Sunday is set for March 10. 

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They're off at Stawell (D) today; Charlton (D), Thursday, May 17; Swan Hill (T), Sunday 20; Hamilton (D), Monday 21 and Horsham (D), Monday 28. 

Wimmera Wally

Last return: $11.55 Horsham gallops 

Balance: $656.35   

Best bet: R2 No2 Polar Opposite $5 each way     

Value bet: R4 No5 Chrisken Kiosk $5 each way