Day At The Track

It’s all about the family jewels!

11:26 AM 23 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Ian Thorpe OAM, harness racing
Triple Olympic gold medal winner Ian Thorpe OAM inspects the time pieces at Nader Jewellers

‘One lucky racegoer at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track will take home with a diamond – as part of Bankstown Central’s Nader Jewellers “lucky door prize” race book competition – on the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night on Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has revealed to Harnesslink.

‘What’s more, the trainer of each winning race horse on the night will also go home with a uniquely crafted time piece from Nader Jewellers as part of the 30th birthday celebrations for Sydney’s Group 1 harness race,’ Ms Lavender said.

‘Meanwhile, in the ultimate fight for the family jewels, the harness racing dynasties of Bankstown and Bathurst have taken an early lead in Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership,’ she said.

‘With four race wins, three second placings and two thirds during the recent Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing, Bankstown’s Dean McDowell currently heads the table of trainers with twenty premiership points.

‘Also sitting on twenty premiership points is 2012/13 New South Wales state premiership winning trainer, Bathurst based Steve Turnbull, who claimed three race wins, five second placings and one third during the carnival at Bankstown Paceway.

‘Last season, standardbred horses trained by Mr Turnbull contested an astounding 1,158 harness races across New South Wales, where they won 199 races, placed second in 185 races, third in 146 races and fourth in 136 races – collecting $1,229,859 in stakes prizemoney.

‘In this season’s local premiership, Messrs McDowell and Turnbull are followed by 2011/12 Bankstown Paceway trainers premiership winner David Waite on eight points, 2012/13 trainers premiership winner Martin Herbert and legendary racing broadcaster John Tapp on six points each, and Richard Baverstock, Blake Fitzpatrick, Michael Kelly, Belinda McCarthy, Kerry Ann Turner and Joshua Willick all on three points each,’ Ms Lavender added.

Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership continues during the Allied Express Summer Carnival of Harness Racing – and racecourse entry is free for all harness race meetings held at Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, during the following days of the carnival:

a.. Monday 2 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – M. H. Treuer Memorial Prelude Race Day (Day Race Meeting);

b.. SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2013 – Race 1 at 6.10 pm (Gates open at 5 pm) – 30TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP 1 M. H. TREUER MEMORIAL GALA RACE NIGHT (NIGHT RACE MEETING);

c.. Monday 16 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – Christmas Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting);

d.. Friday 3 January 2014 – Race 1 at 2.04 pm – Elvis Birthday Race Day (Day Race Meeting);

e.. Monday 3 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Year of the Horse New Year Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); and

f.. Friday 28 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Cancer Council Relay for Life Race Day (Day Race Meeting).

Bookings for race day lunch and race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111.

Andrew Ho
 

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