Enjoy five-race freebie

IT is Central Highlands Regional Council Race Day at Pioneer Park tomorrow and the Emerald Jockey Club will provide all patrons with an early Christmas present by admitting everybody free of charge.

Four of the races on the five-race card carry the name of localities within the Central Highlands Regional Council boundaries, while the remaining event has been named to acknowledge the Central Highlands women's rugby league team.

As this is the second last meeting for the 2012 calendar year, leaders in each category of the Milne Bros./Case IH $10,000 Pioneer Park Premierships will be keen to add points to their tally.

With that in mind it may pay punters to follow local trainer Ross Meek's runners during the afternoon.

He looks well placed to make it back-to-back wins in the trainer's award and has a strong team of runners tomorrow.

In particular, Dumzi looks to have strong claims in the 1000m Class 3 Plate and Sheldon is expected to feature in the finish of the 1300m Class 5 Handicap.

The 1300m Open Handicap has fallen away in numbers from eight nominations to only five acceptors.

Albert's Image is a last start Pioneer Park winner in controversial circumstances and looks to get his chance to go back-to-back here.

A win by him could also round out a good afternoon for Mackay-based jockey Adrian Coome as I also expect him to win on Springbok Lad, a horse which has won at this track previously and is owned by Coome's parents.

The annual general meeting of the Emerald Jockey Club will be held in the upstairs members' lounge at Pioneer Park on Sunday, November 6, at 10.30am. All members are invited to attend.

Next Saturday it will be racing action from Moranbah for Anglo American Coal race day.

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