13 December 2011 - Village Patrol won’t be the favourite for the fourth race at Bendigo’s Lord’s Raceway on Thursday but he’s guaranteed to be the most popular horse on track with the children. About one hour before the eight-year-old gelding steps out for the Schweppes Pace (2150m) the Roma Pocock-trained son of Village Jasper will have the honour bringing the man of the month, Santa Claus to the track. Raced by the Harness Racing Industry training Centre at Lord’s Raceway, Village Patrol is frequently used as the horse that trainee drivers learn their skills with. On Thursday night he will be harnessed up in the tandem sulky with Roma at the reins and Santa as the VIP passenger making his delivery of sweets to all the children on the track. “He is the right horse for the job, he has done it all before,” Pocock said. In his race on Thursday night Village Patrol will start as a long shot, despite having the services of the State's premier reinsman Daryl Douglas. Village Patrol has not been far away at recent starts but the pacer has not won since September 2010.