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Trot Rods set for thrilling finale

A $10,000 bonus will go on the line at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday night as the inaugural Trot Rods series reaches a thrilling finale.

With the state’s top-five drivers behind the reins, the final eight heats will be staged under rapid-fire conditions on Sky Racing with just 20 minutes between each 947-meter race and a raft of broadcast enhancements.

Sky Racing will showcase the Trot Rods card across the nation on Sky Racing 2 (Foxtel channel 527) at no extra charge to Foxtel customers who already have access to Sky Racing 1 (526).

Sky’s broadcast coverage will include initiatives such as driver cam, new racing angles and caller-to-driver audio.

Over the past eight weeks, Redcliffe has hosted a Trot Rods heat each Wednesday, with the aptly named Dashing Hannah setting the fastest time thus far at 65.63.

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If that mark cannot be lowered, the Clint Petroff-trained mare will walk away with the $10,000 bonus for the fastest lap throughout 16 heats.

“The inaugural Trot Rods series has well and truly exceeded our expectations,” Racing Queensland COO Adam Wallish said.

“It was designed to attract new audiences – the broadcast enhancements have played a key role in enhancing the coverage – but it has clearly captured the public’s imagination.

“Throughout March and April, the Trot Rods heats have generated a 10% uplift in turnover in comparison to the other races on the Redcliffe card.

“Innovations such as driver cam have performed strongly across social media and have created widespread debate.”

On Sunday night, Queensland’s top-five leading drivers –Brendan Barnes, Pete McMullen, Narissa McMullen, Adam Sanderson and Paul Diebert – will exclusively contest the eight heats.

Sky’s showcase coverage will be headed up by Britany Graham, while the voice of Queensland harness racing, Chris Barsby will join the team calling the action and interviewing drivers pre-race.

Wagering service providers will also support the concept with unique bet types and markets including the overall winner, driver markets and special offers.

The first Trot Rods heat will commence at Redcliffe at 5.09pm, with the last scheduled for 7.35pm.

Click here to see full fields ahead of Sunday’s eight-race card at Redcliffe.