Tauranga trainers primed for local races on Saturday

By Andrew Love, Racing Tauranga

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TOP CLASS: Ohope Prince, trained by Jim Pender, is running at Tauranga tomorrow. Photo/Toya Heatley
TOP CLASS: Ohope Prince, trained by Jim Pender, is running at Tauranga tomorrow. Photo/Toya Heatley

Local trainer Brian McKeagg will be looking for another win when his 3-year-old Galloping Gerte starts in the Back To Black, 1200 maiden at Tauranga Racecourse tomorrow.

At Galloping Gerte's first outing two weeks back, the Bay filly showed real pace by flying home for third from the back of the field at the corner.

McKeagg picked up his third winner for the season when Cantare won at Te Rapa last Monday. He had one other runner in Lola Jane.

Another local trainer Jim Pender has Ohope Prince lining up in the feature race, The Chesters Plumbing 1300.

Ohope Prince, with $113,000 in winnings, has not raced since Hastings at the end of August, where it was an all-the-way winner. Pender's other starters are Falkirk Lass, I'ma shygirl, El Bandido and St Saturnin.

The Breast Cancer Foundation is set to benefit from tomorrow's Pink Ribbon Race Day at Tauranga Racecourse.

While entry is free, patrons will be asked for a gold coin donation at the gate to support the great work the Breast Cancer Foundation does in our community.

The sponsors of each of the eight races will also have a chance to win for the Breast Cancer Foundation. They have been invited to select a horse in the race they sponsor, and if that horse wins, Racing Tauranga will donate $200 to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

The eight-race programme will start at 12.35pm, with racing wrapping up just before 5pm.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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