Day At The Track

30th Anniversary of the M. H. Treuer Memorial

07:10 AM 12 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Andrew Ho & Megan Lavender with the Treuer Memorial trophy
Andrew Ho & Megan Lavender with the Treuer Memorial trophy

Bankstown Paceway harness racing club director Megan Lavender is encouraging all trotting fans and their families and friends to support New South Wales’ summer Group 1 harness racing event, the historic 30th Anniversary M. H. Treuer Memorial, which will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway.

‘Tell your children and your grandchildren that you were at the track – at Bankstown Paceway – to see the 30th Anniversary M. H. Treuer Memorial on Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Ms Lavender told Harnesslink.

‘Tell them about how some of the greatest standardbred horses in the southern hemisphere raced – not just to win NSW’s summer Group 1 harness racing event, but to make history,’ she said.

‘Tell them about the summer carnival race night – the festival atmosphere, musical theatre show, fashions on the field, children’s activities and the return of le trot monte racing to NSW.

‘Tell them the story of a man – born on a Chullora farm – who founded a race club that changed the destiny of countless Australians.

‘The Treuer Memorial is not only one of the premier pacing events on the planet – and a wonderful night out for the whole family – but, it is a tremendous tradition and tribute to the late Max Treuer (1898-1982) – a visionary Australian of whom we can all be justifiably proud.

‘A successful local businessman and bus company founder, an avid sportsman and harness racing enthusiast, and, as a Bankstown city councillor, a true champion of the battler, Max was an asset and inspiration to all people.

‘Born on a Chullora farm, Max Treuer served as the founding president of Bankstown Paceway and was instrumental in establishing the adjoining licensed club, the Bankstown Trotting Recreational Club.

‘Exactly three decades ago, we honoured Max when the M. H. Treuer Memorial was run for the first time – and that inaugural race, worth just $30,000 back in 1983, was won by one of the Asia Pacific’s all-time favourite pacers, Double Agent.

‘As prizemoney reached $100,000, in 1986, Vic Frost partnered True Delight to an upset win, while other Treuer legends adding to the tradition and glamour of this time honoured prestigious Grand Circuit event include champion pacers Village Kid (1987), Westburn Grant (1989) and Our Sir Vancelot (1996 and 1997), all of whom also took out both the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile. These are the stories worth telling,’ Ms Lavender added.

New South Wales’ summer harness racing event, the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial, will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway. Entry is free.

Racecourse gates open at 5.00 pm and the first race starts at 6.10 pm. Bookings for race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111.

Photo: Bankstown Paceway directors Andrew Ho and Megan Lavender with the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial trophy at Bankstown Paceway.

For additional information or comment, please contact:

Megan J. Lavender
 

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