Club wants more harness racing

ROSS Scherf wants more race meetings at Fairfield Harness Racing Club.

The club stopped full-time racing on June 28, 2004, but this year has two meetings.

"We would love to get more meetings at the track," Ross Scherf said.

"There is a demand for extra meetings as we have several hundred horses that train at the track.

"It's a strong harness racing community in the Fairfield district."

Harness Racing NSW has approved selected meetings at the Prairiewood track since 2005.

The two meetings scheduled are The Golden Easter Egg on Easter Monday, April 21, and the annual JD Watts Memorial meeting on Monday, June 9.

Scherf said admission was free for the meeting on Easter Monday, which starts at 5pm.

He said the meeting's sponsors included, Fairfield Saturday Markets, BK Concrete, Kevin Pizzuto racing stables and Tabcorp Menangle.

Gates open at noon and with full TAB services. Racing starts at 5pm.

Scherf said the highlight event on Monday, June 9, was the JD Watts Memorial (2513 metres).

This race was first run in 1976.

The race is named in honour of the late JD Watts, who helped build the club's track in the 1950s.

Scherf said Watts was christened John Davey Watts, but was better known as Jack in harness racing circles.

"The race is held in honour of what he did for the sport and the Fairfield community," Scherf said.

"JD Watts was a great man for harness racing and for Fairfield."

Details: harness.org.au/fairfield/fairfield.cfm.

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