Harness Racing Victoria was thrilled with the industry’s response to today’s Echuca dispersal sale.
Industry people from all parts of Victoria heeded the call to ensure numerous standardbred horses – the majority of which were young, unraced and unnamed – were given the opportunity to find a new home.
Harness Racing Victoria also took phone calls and emails from people interstate eager to bid for horses.
Shepparton Harness Racing Club racing and operations manager Ian McDonald praised the sport’s rank and file members for their extraordinary turnout at the Echuca sale yards.
“I’d say there were about 120 genuine harness racing folk there,” he said.
“There were floats everywhere. There were far more floats than there were horses.
“It was absolutely fantastic; an incredible call to arms from the industry and a very special day.”
Harness Racing Victoria’s Raceapacer ownership program purchased two of the unnamed horses, which will now get their chance to race in the Raceapacer colours.
“The interaction between our participants was pretty special. To see people giving each other the nod saying “that’s yours” and not bidding against another genuine harness person was just very special,” McDonald said.
Harness Racing Victoria CEO John Anderson was thrilled with the response to the sale.
“I am absolutely rapt. From what I am told there was a tremendous industry spirit present and I’m very proud of everyone involved,” Mr Anderson said.
By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)