Respected horseman Darren Binskin believes there is a lot of merit in the Flying K Series that began at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Monday. The series will be conducted in the month of July over a distance of 1000 metres with drivers wearing colours corresponding to the barrier they are starting from.
“Harness racing has a product to sell and in some respects we compete with the other codes, especially for turnover so trying something different to improve always sits well with me,” Binskin said.
“Over 1000 metres horses still have to be driven to form, if anything the series is a help for those horses that don’t run a very strong mile because all horses these days can run out a strong kilometre and what I really liked about Monday was there was no pattern, horses came from everywhere to win.”
Binskin’s Major Dancer won a heat and with the right draw in the final on July 23, he is confident he will be a leading chance.
“I prepared Major Dancer for the series with some interval training and he should improve off what he did so I think with a good gate in similar company he has got a real show.”
“Another good part is the 20 minutes between races and while some people weren’t happy with the quick turnaround it just means you have to gear them up quicker, no one likes change but it is important to see harness racing evolving all the time.”
Binskin is supportive of the concept and would like to see the open class horses given a chance to compete in a similar series.
“The series is perfect for a Monday when the sport does compete with the greyhounds, and what those that are against the idea have to remember is that if we increase turnover then it means more prizemoney, so if the punters like it then we should embrace it.”
“Maybe they could give the better horses a crack and who knows what time they can run, Our Crown Law went to North America last week but I’m sure he would have really run some time with the right conditions.”
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