One of the larger than life personalities in harness racing in New Zealand, Bill Grice passed away recently in Invercargill.
As a trainer for over twenty years from the mid-eighties, he always had a small but select team in work but still managed to clock up over fifty wins in that period.
However it is as an owner that Bill Grice was so well known and respected within the harness racing community.
The champion race mare Bonnies Chance (32 wins) was the best horse Bill was associated with but there were plenty of other high class horses that he raced, mainly in partnership with his lifetime friend Neil Pilcher.
They became close friends in the early 1960s whilst working at the Alliance freezing works at Mataura and it was a friendship that endured till his death. Russley Rascal (24wins), Highview Tommy (17 wins), Classic Cullen (16 wins) and Mr Nickel (16 wins) are just a few of the smart horses they raced together.