Two midweek twilight dates for Ballarat

BALLARAT Turf Club will have two midweek twilight race meetings over the next two months.

Racing Victoria has confirmed 10 Wednesday twilight programs, starting next week.

Ballarat will race in the new timeslot on January 24 and March 7, with the first race at 4.30pm, and last in January at 8pm and last in March at 7pm or 7.30pm.

Other than the Labour Day long weekend in March, there will be no Monday meetings during this period, with those programs transferred to Wednesday day-time. 

EIGHT newcomers get their first raceday experience in Ballarat on Sunday.

The City of Ballarat Maiden for 2yo fillies, 1000m, is exclusively made up of first-starters.

Four hail from the Darren Weir stable and the balance from the leading stables of Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott, James Cummings, David and Ben Hayes/Tom Dabernig, and John McArdle.

Angiolini (Waterhouse-Bott) was the most expensive purchase at $160,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.

Weir’s runners include Maid Equal, which os out of a former handy performer for the stable in Manhattan Maid.

Sunday’s night’s race card start at 1pm.

The BTC backs up with another eight-race program on Tuesday.

DARREN Weir-trained Japanese imports Tosen Stardom and Brave Smash will gallop between races five and six at Sportsbet Ballarat on Sunday. 

Tosen Stardom, which will go to stud next spring, has not raced since winning the group 1 $2m Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on November 11. Brave Smash was a last-start third in the $9.5m Everest in Sydney on October 14.