Day At The Track

Frost honoured at Menangle

03:45 PM 24 Aug 2016 NZST
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Legendary horseman Vic Frost Vic Frost and Westburn Grant
Legendary horseman Vic Frost
Vic Frost and Westburn Grant

Legendary harness racing horseman Vic Frost is heading to Tabcorp Park Menangle this weekend with a dual purpose.

The highly decorated harness racing figure will present winning connections a trophy following the running of the race named in his honour, the Gr.3 $31,800 Lyn Kemp Conveyancing Vic Frost Cup for the open class performers.

But before participating in official duties, Frost, 75, will send out his own runner in Back Page News in the Listed $26,000 AGL Energy Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Final.

Following the invitation, Frost decided to look through the programs to make the trip worthwhile and found this series for his consistent intermediate grade pacer.

Back Page News qualified after running a brave second behind Im Saint Anthony in the qualifying heat at Newcastle last weekend.

“It’s a great privilege to be recognized by Harness Racing New South Wales and the Menangle Club and I’m really looking forward to the night. The race named in my honour looks a really good line-up while I’m happy to have a starter myself on the night.” Frost said.

Back Page News will again be handled by Brad Cowen, a young reinsman well known to Frost and his partner Gail Geeson through his time spent in the sunshine state where they combined at times for success.

The famous livery of white jacket with black stars will be on display when Back Page News and Cowen line-up in the fourth event.

“I thought the horse went terrific at Newcastle last week and with some luck in running. I think he can feature again. I’m certain the big track will benefit him greatly, it’s a beautiful big track and very safe for both horse and driver.

“While all my success was carried out at the inner-city track at Harold Park which was smaller and tighter, I think the bigger the track the better and Menangle has proven itself to be the number one track in the country.

“Things are a lot different now compared to when I was back driving but I’m convinced it’s much safer and I think that’s paramount nowadays. I enjoy watching the races from Menangle through SKY channel but this trip away should be good fun.”

Frost plans on leaving his Mooball base, near Tweed Heads, on Friday morning.

And still roaming the property is former champion pacer Westburn Grant at the spritely age of 31.

The Inter Dominion and dual Miracle Mile winner is thriving in his retirement.

by Chris Barsby

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