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Southern Harness Racing is thrilled to announce that they will be launching their brand new Mobile Start Vehicle on Saturday 10 August at the Gore Harness Racing Club.
The 2019 Ford Ranger 4WD Mobile Barrier Vehicle will be sponsored by EH Ball ITM and will replace the previous two-wheel drive vehicle which had served the industry well since 2012.
This will be the first four-wheel drive start vehicle launched in the New Zealand harness racing industry, with another approved for the Seddon Shields clubs (Kaikoura, Nelson, Marlborough, Reefton and Westport).
The need to upgrade to a four-wheel drive vehicle for Southern Harness was identified after the two incidents that saw loss of traction in recent years, and the purchase was made possible thanks with funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund.
EH Ball ITM is entering their fourth year as the Mobile Barrier sponsor with Southern Harness and their support is hugely appreciated.
The gate had its first trial at the workouts yesterday and performed well, with positive feedback from the start crew and licence holders involved.
The EH Ball mobile will be in operation at all Southern Harness meetings outside of the Tuapeka meeting.
Southern Harness would like to take this opportunity to extend their thanks to the Racing Safety Development Fund and EH Ball ITM for their continuing sponsorship.