Phantom Grin seeks double

22:44, Dec 23 2012
Phantom Grin
Dexter Dunn drives Phantom Grin to victory in Saturday's $20,000 Wairio Cup at Winton. The combination will be chasing more success in the Gore Cup on Thursday.

Southland's holiday racing circuit moves to the Gore Raceway on Thursday.

The $15,000 Gore Cup is the feature on the 11-race card, which starts at 2.06pm and finishes at 7.36pm.

Trained on the course, Phantom Grin is seeking to complete a Wairio and Gore Cups double.

He won the Wairio Cup in brilliant fashion on Saturday and is capable of repeating the performance on Thursday.

New Zealand's top reinsman, Dexter Dunn, will be driving at the meeting.

Race officials were delighted with crowd numbers at the Wairio Trotting Club's meeting at Winton on Saturday and the Tapanui Racing Club fixture at Gore yesterday.

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Southern Harness Racing's promotions officer, Lindsay Beer, said about 1100 people were on course at Winton.

''There were a lot of new faces in the crowd,'' Beer said today.

''It was a brilliant day and kicked off our holiday racing really well.''

High dress standards and a well-behaved crowd at Gore impressed Gallop South chief executive Malcolm Little.

''The young people dressed up and there was plenty of entertain for the kids. The club's very happy with the day.''

The Southland Times