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Bankstown reins in horse awards

07:31 PM 28 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Award winners from Bankstown at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley
Award winners from Bankstown at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney
Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley

Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing club has dominated last Saturday night’s (October 26th, 2013) Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Industry Awards.

‘This is most number of award wins ever claimed by Bankstown Paceway – or, probably, by any other race club ever – in the time since state based awards began being given out,’ Bankstown Paceway president and former HRNSW board member Les Bentley told Harnesslink.

‘It is the dawn of a new golden age of harness racing for Bankstown – with our horses, our drivers and even our club administrators and volunteers lauded as the very best in the whole of New South Wales,’ Mr Bentley added.

2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards wins by Bankstown Paceway were:

a.. New South Wales Centurion: Bankstown Paceway champion driver Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, was inducted as a New South Wales Centurion for 100 or more race wins in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season; and

a.. South Wales Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metropolitan): Bankstown Paceway champion driver Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metropolitan) – beating Alex Alchin, Kylie Barnes and Todd McCarthy (for this award, drivers are selected on a number of criteria including general behaviour, conduct in the Stewards Room, driving record, performance statistics and professionalism); and

a.. New South Wales Volunteer Award: Bankstown Paceway committeeman Andrew Ho claimed the New South Wales Volunteer Award (for the second year in a row, an award was made to each nominee); and

a.. New South Wales Volunteer Award: Bankstown Paceway committeewoman Megan Lavender claimed the New South Wales Volunteer Award (for the second year in a row, an award was made to each nominee); and

a.. New South Wales Volunteer Award: Bankstown Paceway veteran horseman Bert Read of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Volunteer Award (for the second year in a row, an award was made to each nominee); and

a.. New South Wales Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Pacer of the Year: Three-year-old bay gelding, Home of the Brave, owned by Bankstown Paceway patrons and honorary life members Colin and Cheryl McDowell of Ellis Street, Condell Park, and trained by their son Dean McDowell, claimed the New South Wales Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Pacer of the Year – defeating champion three-year-old standardbred horses Be Brave, Caesar Augustus, Ee And Em Stride, Sir Eric NZ and Ultimate Art (for this award, a horse from any jurisdiction may be considered for nomination; however there are two separate criteria for voting – horses trained in NSW can be judged on all performances that season, while horses trained outside of New South Wales can only be judged on those performances in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season); and

a.. New South Wales Aged Entire or Gelding Pacer of the Year: Six-year-old bay gelding, Gaius Caesar NZ, trained by third generation Bankstown Paceway member Darren Binskin of Ellis Street, Condell Park, and driven by Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Aged Entire or Gelding Pacer of the Year – defeating champion aged standardbred horses Chariot King, Excel Stride, Ideal Scott NZ, Mach Alert NZ, Mach Beauty and even four-time Treuer Memorial winner Washakie NZ (for this award, a horse from any jurisdiction may be considered for nomination; however there are two separate criteria for voting – horses trained in NSW can be judged on all performances that season, while horses trained outside of New South Wales can only be judged on those performances in New South Wales during the 2012/2013 season); and

a.. New South Wales Aged Horse of the Year: Six-year-old bay gelding, Gaius Caesar NZ, trained by third generation Bankstown Paceway member Darren Binskin of Ellis Street, Condell Park, and driven by Lauren Panella of Ellis Street, Condell Park, claimed the New South Wales Aged Horse of the Year – defeating NSW Aged Trotter of the Year, Keystone Del NZ, and NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year, Baby Bling NZ, to receive one of the most coveted accolades in Australian harness racing.

The 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards were presented at a gala awards dinner at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel last Saturday night (October 26th, 2013).


 

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