This season's harness racing two-year-olds are starting to show what they are made of and just in time for Australia's richest non-futurity races - the Allied Express Pink Bonnet and the Allied Express Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial.
Worth a record $50,000 each, the Group Two classics will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 23. Carrying on the tradition of the Bulli Harness Racing Club's Slingsby Holdings Linden Huntley Little Memorial, heats of these races, worth $10,000 each, will be held at Menangle on Monday, February 18.
Last year's Allied Express Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial was taken out by star Victorian Guaranteed who is currently the top earning three-year-old of the season.
Guaranteed joined the honour roll with the likes of Paleface Adios and Rip Van Winkle when taking out the feature named in honour of well-known harness racing identity Rod Fitzpatrick.
Having worked closely with Colin McDowell, Rod was also a heavy breeding ‘buff' and through his company Allied Express McDowell is detirmined to honour his old friend as the sponsor of the race.
Rod's mother, Mrs Ivy Fitzpatrick, was the original creator of the most treasured ‘trophy' in harness racing, the Pink Bonnet which will be placed on the winner's head.
Now made by Mrs Carol Eva, the bonnet has previously graced the head of Colin and Cheryl McDowell's bonny filly The Private Dancer therefore Allied Express are the natural sponsor of this time honoured race.
For further information contact NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on 0438 398 251.
Harness Racing New South Wales