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Trotting: Season kicks off at Churchill Park
Trotting: Season kicks off at Churchill Park

The first drivers of the Busselton trotting season will ride the Churchill Park track on Sunday in front of more than an expected 3000 spectators.

During the six-week trotting season, 400 horses from as far as Wagin will take to the track for a shot at thousands of dollars in prize money.

Busselton Trotting Club secretary Pat Abbott said the Boxing Day trots attracted up to 3500 punters and was one of the most popular trotting events.

Drivers will race for the $10,000 cup on Sunday, as well as the first of several races in the Sweetheart Series for fillies and mares.

Busselton trainer Tom Marsden has been preparing his horses for months and is looking forward to watching his horses race.

“It takes probably about four months to get a horse into racing condition,” he said.

Ms Abbott said horses trained by Dunbarton’s Michael Callegari would be some of the favourites this season.

The Boxing Day trots start at 6.50pm. Entry is free for those aged under 16 and $6 for others.

Catering will be provided by the Busselton Scouts who will fund raise at the events.

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