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Bankstown Paceway to lead breeding resurgence

01:41 PM 17 Sep 2013 NZST
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Robin Hood Lombo Pocket Watch
(right to left): Bankstown director Andrew Ho, former Bankstown deputy mayor Jill Barber OAM, Panania resident Heather Gibbs and Bankstown director Megan Lavender with Robin Hood, who is currently standing for service at the Yirribee Pacing Stud
Bankstown Paceway directors Megan Lavender and Andrew Ho with Lombo Pocket Watch – the winner of $1,522,638 in prizemoney – who is currently standing for service at the Yirribee Pacing Stud farm

Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway will kick start an Australian standardbred breeding resurgence by hosting the opening event of the Breeders Challenge racing series on Monday, May 19th, 2014, which will see record levels of prizemoney on offer for two year colts and geldings, and fillies.

‘We are delighted to dedicate our afternoon race meeting on this day as “Breeders Race Day” in salute to the grass roots of the harness racing industry – and extend a particular invitation to breeders and country racing participants to join us for our race day and theatre restaurant show,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho revealed to Harnesslink.

Bankstown Paceway remains committed to combating falling foaling numbers which have reached a virtual crisis point across our nation – with last season’s foal births recording the lowest ever number since records began being kept,’ he added.

Mr Ho, fellow Paceway director Megan Lavender, former Bankstown deputy mayor Jill Barber OAM, champion Bankstown horse owner Kevin Stanley and Panania resident and equine enthusiast Heather Gibbs met with harness breeders at their stud farms at Cowra, Young and Wagga Wagga last weekend (September 14th to 15th).

Bankstown Paceway also expressed its support for other harness racing industry initiatives announced at the weekend, which include the introduction of one off breeders challenge incentive certificates which are available for the payment of service fees in 2013/14, expanded eligibility to win breeders challenge owners bonus certificates and nominators cash bonuses, and the revision of foal notification/breeders challenge nomination and sustaining fees so as to enable cost savings.

Photo (right to left): Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho, former Bankstown deputy mayor Jill Barber OAM, Panania resident Heather Gibbs and Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender with the winner of 2008 Treuer Memorial, Robin Hood, who is currently standing for service at the Yirribee Pacing Stud farm at Wagga Wagga.

Megan J. Lavender
 

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