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December 10, 2015

The Australian Turf Club will host two Christmas-themed race days this weekend with entertainment options to please the whole family.

Starting at Canterbury Park for the popular $5 Friday Night Racing and finishing at Royal Randwick on Saturday for Inglis Villiers Stakes Day, both venues will offer FREE kids’ amusements including a jumping castle, petting zoo, face painting, carolers and an appearance by Santa and his Helper.

Racegoers will receive value for money across both events with Canterbury Park again offering the $5 Friday promotion of $5 entry, $5 food and $5 drink options, and those heading to Royal Randwick can take advantage of the Summer Super Saver where for $20, patrons will receive $45 of value.

Australian Turf Club Chief Operating Officer Tony Partridge said an outing to the races is the perfect destination for guests of all ages this weekend.

“With children beginning their school holidays, we have ensured that both parents and children alike can enjoy a visit to the track with a host of complimentary activities available at both venues to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.”

“The $5 Friday promotion and Summer Super Saver also gives families the chance to experience a great day of racing at an affordable price leading into Christmas.

“With the return of Group racing to Royal Randwick on Saturday, there are plenty of reasons for race fans to be trackside,” said Mr Partridge.

Saturday racing is headlined by the Group 2 $250,000 Inglis Villiers Stakes where a field of 20 will be vying for ballot exemption into the $3m Group 1 The Star Doncaster.

Patrick Webster-trained Happy Clapper is the one to beat having won both of his last two runs. Proven over the distance, the gelding has opened as the $4.80 TAB Fixed Odds favourite in an open market.

Another winner of her past two starts is Chris Waller’s Telepathic ($5.50 TAB Fixed Odds), who sits on the second line of betting. The five-year-old went on for a strong 1.8 Lengths in her last run to claim her first Black Type win.

The best up and coming two-year-olds will be on show in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery as their careers progress towards the $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper.

Jenneau, trained by Paul Perry will be looking to go one better than second place in her second career start having failed to find a clear run first up. The filly has opened as the $4.60 TAB Fixed Odds favourite.

Bede Murray-trained Rafha’s Choice ($7.00 TAB Fixed Odds) will be one to watch amongst the juveniles. The I Am Invincible colt has been successful in both of his career starts however will be challenged by the wide barrier.

The $100,000 Listed Green Options Razor Sharp Handicap sees Dublin Lass ($2.80 TAB Fixed Odds) heavily favoured by punters. The five-year-old went on for a strong win in her last start and will again be tough to beat.

Worthy competition will come from That’s A Good Idea ($6.50 TAB Fixed Odds) from the Snowden stable. Despite a poor sixth place last start, the gelding has produced a number of good runs this campaign and solid form in a series of barrier trials.

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