Wagga will offer $120,000 prizemoney for its grand opening meeting at the new harness racing complex in March.
Four races will each carry prizemoney of $15,000, while six other races will be worth $10,000 each on Sunday, March 10.
Three of the $15,000 finals will be for locally trained pacers only, while the other will incorporate other regions with heats to be held at various tracks across the state.
With less than one month to the opening of the first trials on February 5, Wagga has also joined forces with Hillis Motor Group who has supplied the club with a support vehicle.
Hillis Motor Group is the latest backer of the club with sponsor and membership numbers significantly increasing at the same time as the multi million dollar complex has come to life at Cartwrights Hill.
“The new complex is a great asset for the community and harness racing and we want to be involved,” Hillis Motor Group dealer Principal David Kelly said.
“I love a night out at the harness racing and this new complex is first class.”
Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said the interest in the new complex had been staggering with some 70 sponsors now involved with the club.
“Sponsorship and membership numbers have increased significantly and we expect it to be the same with crowd numbers with what we have planned for the opening meeting and also the Carnival Of Cups on Easter Sunday,” White said.
“There will be a number of major prizes at the opening meeting including a holiday and bicycles for the children to take home.”
Added to the new support vehicle, is a new and wider mobile starting unit which will allow for eight horses to start across the front line to accommodate for the increase to 12 horse fields.