A big week for Cowra club

Cowra driver Monique Parsons and trainer Shannon Rye have three horses engaged. File photo.
Cowra driver Monique Parsons and trainer Shannon Rye have three horses engaged. File photo.

This Sunday marks the start of the biggest week of the year in harness racing for the Cowra Harness Racing Club, once a major centre for racing in the central west.

The club now races just twice each year with both this Sunday's meeting and the Cowra Carnival of Cups meeting the following Sunday, receiving TAB coverage.

This Sunday's race program is set to start at 12.20 pm with the meeting sponsored by Grenfell Commodities.

Cowra is represented by driver Monique Parsons and trainers Darryl Davis, Shannon Rye, Lyn Freeman and Wattamondara's David Sercombe.

Rye and Parsons have the biggest local representation with Uroc N Warrior in the day's first event Milliondollarlill in the fourth and Twisted Mistress in the fifth.

Uroc N Warrior and Twisted Mistress have struggled for consistency this season but have been around the placings with the former recording a win at Leeton in April and Twisted Mistress showing glimpses of form with a second at Dubbo in May and a fourth placing in strong Bathurst company at Bathurst earlier this month.

Her last win was at Young in February this year.

Milliondollarlill looks their, and Cowra's, best chance at the meeting after a last start third at Dubbo on the weekend and a win at Parkes in late May.

Lyn Freeman and David Sercombe both have runners in the second race, the Grenfell Cool Blend Maiden Pace, with Freeman represented by Surfing Sensation and Sercombe by first starter Rubyra.

While Rubyra is an unknown quantity Surfing Sensation looks to have the job ahead of her, still searching for her first win after 42 starts.

In her favour she has filled a minor placing at her past two starts, a third at Young last week and at Parkes on May 23 where she was second to Milliondollarlill.

Darryl Davis's sole runner, Mendoza Lass, goes around in the fourth event of the day, the Grenfell Premium Cool Ladyship Pace.

A daughter of Sportswriter, Mendoza Lass, has just the one career win but has recorded 11 minor placings from 35 starts.

Her last start was a good fourth at Bathurst on June 2 after a disappointing effort that saw her finish at the tail of the field in Young.

Canowindra trainer Robert Schweikle has four time winner Hardliner going around in the Grenfell Stud Mix Pace.

Entry to the meeting is by gold coin.

The following Sunday the Club will hold its Carnival of Cups day with the running of the Tri Tech Cowra Cup, the Charlie Muddle Memorial and the Sam Agostini Memorial Pace plus a heat of the Menangle Country Series.