At the end of June dual Halwes Medalistheld a slender three point lead over in the race for the 2014 Halwes Medal.
At the end of June, Rattray had 58 votes from Duggan on 55 within third place on 45.
The top ten also includes(34), (32), (27), (23), (21), (21) and (21).
Ashas been sidelined for the past six weeks owing to a necessity to have major surgery, the voting for the Halwes Medal promises to be very interesting up to the final meeting of the season last Sunday night.
The Halwes Medal is sponsored by BOTRA Tasmania and Jamie Cockshutt. The award recognises excellence in horsemanship and operates under the following format:
A panel of nine members is rostered to vote throughout the harness season (September 2013 to August 2014). Panel members are Jamie Cockshutt, Peter Cooley, Greg Mansfield, Kevin Neilson, Matt Robertson, David Sales, Damien Seaton, Peter Staples and Shane Yates.
A panel member votes on each meeting and has 10 votes to allocate.
The 10 votes can be allocated at the panel member's discretion with a maximum of five votes for any trainer or driver.
Only Tasmanian registered licensed persons are eligible to receive votes.
Halwes Medal votes for the last 13 meetings (July and August) will be announced at the Tasracing Harness Awards Dinner at Country Club Tasmania, Launceston on Saturday 13 September.
The BOTRA Young Achiever Award is run in conjunction with the Halwes Medal and is restricted to licensed persons aged 24 or under as at 1 September 2013.leads with 21 votes followed by Nick Brockman (19), (11), (11), (9), (6) and (5).
Halwes Medal votes to 1 July 2014 are:
19 Nick Brockman
13 Steve Davis, Andrew Rawlings
10, John Walters,
8 Kate Macleod
7, , ,
6, , , , Zane Medhurst,
5, David Mace, , , Andrew Thornton, , ,
4 Rod Ashwood, Kevin Denny,, , Sam Freeman, Brian Mackrill, , , Wayne Watson, ,
3 Shelley Barnes, Eric Blomquist, Mark Butler,, , , James Johnson, , Keith Toulmin, Campbell Watt, Scott Woods
2, Daryl Bates, Roger Brown, Rod Burgess, John Castles, Mike Castles, Michael Dornauf, Kevin Gillies, , , Steve Lukac, Melissa Maine, , Greg Scott, Damien Spring, Chris Viney, Bradley Walters, Allister Woods, Clinton Woods, Robert Woods
1 Jim Allen, Andrew Arnott, Chris Aylett, Phillip Aylett, Barry Close,, Leigh Dornauf, David Dwyer, Robert Gillie, Max Hadley, Cleone Hill, , Max Jacobson, Brett Jaffray, Geoff Madden, Clayton Miller, , Nick Perotti, Phil Rawnsley, Brian Stanley, Ian Swain, Lindsay Tatnell.