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Western Australia Trotting Assoc (Gloucester Park)

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Harness racing continued at the WACA until 1929 when a new course was opened under the name of Brennan Park. The name was changed in 1935 to Gloucester Park. Harness racing also commenced at Richmond Raceway East Fremantle in 1928.

Because the pacing gait is generally easier to maintain and easier to teach, the majority of harness races are for pacers. If you've ever seen a pacer racing, you would have noticed a weird collection of straps connecting its front and rear legs on the same side. These straps are called hopples. They can help the pacer balance its stride and maintain a pacing gait. In comparison, trotters do not wear hopples because of their diagonal movement - perhaps this is why they tend to 'break' more often than pacers.

If a trotter or a pacer gallops or otherwise breaks stride during a race, the driver must pull up the horse and coax it back into the approved gait. This is vitally important, because it is unfair to the other runners and is an offence. It is also an offence for a horse not to be raced on its merits. A driver may be reprimanded or penalised by the stipendiary stewards, who supervise the running of licensed race meetings.

Additional Information

  • Type/Category: Clubs
  • Street Address: Nelson Crescent
  • Suburb: EAST PERTH
  • State: Western Australia
  • Postcode: 6004
  • Phone Number: 9323 3555

62 Nelson Crescent
East Perth, Western Australia.
Australia ,6004
9323 3555