Day At The Track

A big win for Bettorbetbig

04:31 PM 04 Jun 2018 NZST
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Young trained five year old gelding Bettorbetbig, crosses the line first driven skillfully by Jimmy Brown on Friday night June 1
Martin Langfield Photo

The harness racing community gathered at the Young Paceway last Friday night to show their respects for three highly regarded and popular recently deceased members of the light harness industry. 

Local trainer drivers Ray Lennane and Ken Smith together with Grenfell’s Neville Condon were given a minutes silence by the large crowd in attendance prior to the running of race two.

Young racing guru Stuart Maxwell said the the racing community was determined to send the three men off in style.

“It was an occasion for everyone to get together, for families and friends to reminisce and pay respects,” he said.

“Drivers wore black armbands for the entire night and the crowd were very respectful.

“It is occasions like this that show how close the racing community is.”

Mr Maxwell said family and friends were track-side for the running of the Vale Nev Condon Pace, with the Young trained five year old gelding Bettorbetbig ($6.10) driven by Jimmy Brown for owners Narrelle and Tony Turner crossing the line first.

“The eventual winner defeated another local in the fast finishing Lettuce Pray ($5.20) and Limbo Larry ($20.10) with a mile rating of 1:59.4 and a margin of three metres going in favour of the winner now of four races for his ecstatic owners,” he said.

Craig Thomson

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