Harnesslink has become aware of the sudden death of the well known and respected harness racing identity, Ken McDonald at his home in Brisbane, Australia
One of the "McDonald clan from Christchurch, Ken was well known in both harness and thoroughbred circles on both sides of the Tasman.
His business success in the telecommunications industry let Ken pursue his passion for horse racing in both Australia and New Zealand over several decades.
Ken first came to prominence in harness racing with the champion pacer Master Musician 1:54 ($1,926,810) who he raced with his close friend Eugene Stork and Robert Dunn.
Over the years he has raced horses with a lot of his friends including Brian West of Studholme Park with whom Ken currently raced a few fillies including Secret Lotion and Art Critic.
Ken was at Addington as recently as last Thursday night to see Dongel Jimmy Dave, who he races with family members, win impressively.
A longtime friend and client of leading Queensland thoroughbred trainer Alan Bailey, Ken had interest in both codes in Australia.
His latest star in the harness racing side of things in Australia was the brilliant For A Reason 1:49.4 ($803,433)
Ken was really keen to bring For a Reason to Addington for this years New Zealand Cup in an effort to stop his brother Terry, owner of champion pacer Terror To Love from claiming his fourth straight cup victory.
Ken figured as Terry had won three, maybe it was time for his younger brother to have a turn although as anyone who knows them knew, the brothers were very close.
Ken was also known on both sides of the Tasman as a generous warm hearted man of the highest integrity.
He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
The funeral service for Ken will be held at Silks at Addington Raceway on Thursday August 14th.