All set for 2019 Anzac Day pace with the Forbes Diggers Harness Racing Club

On the pace in the 2018 Diggers Cup at the Forbes paceway. The club is hosting its traditional Anzac Day meeting again this year.
On the pace in the 2018 Diggers Cup at the Forbes paceway. The club is hosting its traditional Anzac Day meeting again this year.

Preparations are well underway for the Forbes Diggers harness racing 2019 season, which launches with the traditional Anzac Day meeting on Thursday April 25.

Once again the club is fortunate to have secured the support of the Forbes Services Memorial Club as major sponsor for the season, with Forbes RSL sub branch a big contributor to the Anzac Day program. 

Starting about 1pm, the meeting features a series of memorial races honouring a number of people who have had a long association with harness racing in Forbes.

Those include Clarrie and Val Robb, Neville Pellow, Pud Woods, Colin Ware and Les Findlay and connections are encouraged to attend.

Major races for the Anzac Day meeting are the heats of the Forbes Services Memorial Club CO Pace and the Forbes RSL Sub Branch Diggers Cup.

In 2018, Bathurst's star driver Amanda Turnbull outpaced the rest of the field to claim the Forbes RSL Sub Branch Diggers Cup.

Turnbull was driving four-year-old gelding Our Wall Street Wolf for Perthville trainer Chris Frisby.

The Advocate hopes to feature fields for the races in the Tuesday edition before the meeting, depending on the time they are released.

On-site at the Forbes paceway on Anzac Day you will find all amenities including bar and an excellent canteen along with jumping castle for the kids.

There's both TAB facilities and bookmakers in operation for the local events.

While gates open after the morning's Anzac Day march and service at the Cenotaph, the event does start with recognition of our service men and women.

The second of the club's two meetings, its Carnival of Cups meeting, is on Sunday May 5 and will once again see the running of the final of the Forbes Services Memorial Club Cup.

This was a race not to be missed in 2018, with a battle between the Turnbull siblings right to the finish line, so mark the date of this year's final in your diary for another great day's pacing.

Entry to the Anzac Day meeting is free to Services Club members, $10 per adults or $5 for pensioners.