Keen contest for 2019 Forbes Diggers Cup

Amanda Turnbull and Our Wall Street Wolf clear of the field as they win the 2018 Diggers Cup at the Forbes Showground paceway.

Amanda Turnbull and Our Wall Street Wolf clear of the field as they win the 2018 Diggers Cup at the Forbes Showground paceway.

The traditional Anzac Day harness racing meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon when a six-race program will be conducted.

Each year, the highlight of the day is a ceremony that acknowledges those ANZACS who fought for our country.

Three heats of the Carnival of Cups C0-C1 Series will be conducted with the $12,000 Final to be held at the Forbes Harness Racing Club's feature race meeting for the year on Sunday, May 5.

Racing gets underway at 1.00pm with the Helloworld Travel Forbes/Neville Pellow Memorial (Heat 1) to be run over the 2060 metre journey.

Local horseman, Terry Robb has two runners in this event, and both have shown good form in recent runs.

Harley James last won a race at Dubbo back in December 2017, but he has run seven placings this season including back to back second placings at Parkes earlier this year.

Stablemate Grinorama boasts similar form having run placings at Bathurst and Parkes during February.

Peak Hill pacer, Best Beau (John Beeby) is the horse that Robb believes is his main threat as he scored a solid win at Young on March 26 and backed that up with a creditable third at Parkes on April 3.

Ellen Bartley is making the trip up from Coleambally for the BWR Accountants-Blush Organic Beauty Pud Woods Memorial (Heat 2) with the smart gelding Abitmorebliss.

The five-year-old resumed to racing from a spell at Young on March 20 and was most impressive.

He franked the form by backing up to win at Canberra on April 8 where he rated a slick 1.56.3, scoring by a huge 40 metre margin.

The Nathan Turnbull trained pair of Hey Suzie and Carramar Times Up are both recent winners and appear to the next best behind Abitmorebliss.

It is interesting to note that Parkes racecaller Bill Palmer who came out of retirement last year at the corresponding meeting, will again be at the callers microphone this year.

Palmer's career started at Forbes many years ago with no experience and it was the late Pud Woods who encouraged Bill to step up and "have a go" at a gymkhana when caller didn't turn up.

Bill went on to become a household name throughout the Western District, regarded as one of the most astute judges in harness racing.

The Colin Ware Memorial is the third heat of the Carnival series (race 6) and Wendy and Emma Turnbull will be looking to combine to qualify Walk On Kimmy for the final.

She has a very good record on country tracks having posted six wins and 16 placings from 46 career starts.

At her last start the seven-year-old mare led throughout to win at Bathurst on April 17 and from barrier three, Emma will be looking to repeat the dose.

Two other recent Bathurst winners, Propa Rock Star (David McKenzie) and Dunno Jo (Jason Turnbull) are drawn inside of Walk On Kimmy and appear to be the dangers.

The Forbes RSL Sub-Branch Les Findlay Memorial (1680m) sees a very evenly graded field engaged with polemarker Cee Cee Norman (Graham Betts) likely to lead and should take some catching.

Feature event on the program, the Forbes RSL Sub-Branch Diggers Cup (1680m) is one of the hardest races on the program to run a form line through.

Local trainer, Jason Gaffney is making a two-pronged attack on the Cup with his pacers Khawaja (barrier 2) and Promise To Rock (barrier 9).

Both pacers have shown ability in the past by placing in races and with suitable runs could figure in the finish.

Bathurst trainers Nathan Hurst and Peter Bullock also have two runners apiece in the Cup which will have bookmakers scratching their heads when framing their market.

The Lachlan Valley Vet Clinic sponsored Clarrie Robb Memorial (2060m) is the remaining race on the program and on form, three runners stand out.

Dot Ayou (Nathan Turnbull) has returned to her best form, winning at Young three starts back and being placed second at Parkes and Dubbo since then.

Rock Bottom (Jason Turnbull) is a most consistent gelding that won three races as a three-year-old before going for a spell.

He resumed to racing on March 12 at Menangle and ran fourth and was back at the metropolitan track last start where he finished second beaten two metres in a fast 1.54.0.

The third of the stand-out runners is locally owned gelding Peggyville (Nathan Hurst) which won at Dubbo last start and has been very consistent this year.