2014 HRNSW Rising Stars announced

04:56 PM 05 May 2014 NZST
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Nine of the most talented young drivers in NSW will gather in Sydney next month to contest the eighth edition of the Rising Stars series.

Max Hughes, Mitch Turnbull, Kasey Hocking, Chris Geary, Nathan Xuereb, Grace Grant, Jack Trainor, Liam Armstrong and Todd Prest will compete in ten heats over six days at four different tracks.

There will also be a representative from Western Australia which will be determined following the running of the WA Rising Stars series which concludes later this month.

Max Hughes returns to the Rising Stars series after taking the honours in 2013 following two heat wins. And, Hughes is keen to retain his title.

"I reckon it was the best week of my life," he said.

"The best thing about winning is I get to have another week. I can't wait to try and do it again."

Hughes drove 10 winners last season and even though he has had a slow start to this time around he is keen to prove himself again in the Rising Stars series.

Participants will meet this year at the Menangle on 22 June for the Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge Barrier Draw and, when not competing, will spend the rest of the week participating in development activities.

Interviews with Trots TV, a seminar with Harness Racing NSW, and date at Sky Channel to witness and participate in the production of In The Gig are also programmed.

Heats one and two of the series are scheduled for Tabcorp Park, Menangle on Tuesday 24 June. Three heats are planned for Bathurst the following day, before the youngsters compete in two heats at Penrith on Thursday 26.

The series moves to Newcastle on Saturday 28 June, with the remaining heat at Menangle on Breeders Challenge day, Sunday 29 June.

The Rising Stars series will once again be sponsored by the Young Harness Racing Club.

Secretary Brian Ingram said supporting the youth of the industry was paramount.

"We have always sponsored the series and it's great to see the juniors gain invaluable experience," he said.

"The club looks forward to watching all the heats and in particular the final round of the series on Breeders Challenge day (June 29)."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

 

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