Life membership for harness stalwart

05:56 PM 21 Jul 2014 NZST
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Alan Ryan after accepting his life membership from WHRC president, Doug Cameron.
An entertaining card of racing was staged by the Warragul Harness Racing Club on Monday afternoon.
 
Alan Ryan was awarded Life Membership of the Warragul club at a special presntation.
Alan has been involved with the club for around 40 years - he served 15 years as club Treasurer, and has recently retired after 26 years manning the "main gate" at race meetings.
He recalled a period when the club raced at night and had eight gatekeepers on the payroll to cope with admitting big crowds and parking dozens of vehicles.
 
Local horses had some success on Monday, with veteran Iona trainer Des Kelly back in the winners list when Mor Laag led all the way. The horse had performed well in barrier trials at Logan Park recently for driver Vincent Langdon, and some smart bets were landed at the odds of 12/1.
 
Trafalgar trotter Slancio came from a handicap mark to win the Alf Martin Memorial Trotters Handicap for driver Glenn Hunter and his trainer father Chris.
 
Melton horseman Lance Justice was back in Victoria after a quick visit to Sydney over the weekend. He landed a double at Warragul with Lots More Art and V C Devil.
 
Reinsman Chris Alford drove Gonski to victory for owner John McLeish and Clyde trainer Jayne Davies. With a little more luck, Alford could have had a red letter day, as he also drove four minor placegetters on the seven race card.
 
Gippsland Harness Training Centre graduate Dani Lewis drove the talented Bangholme filly Kiss Kenny to a comfortable victory in the opening race.
 
Special guests of the club at the meeting on Monday were the National Servicemen's Association for their annual day at the trots.
 
Racing returns to Warragul on Monday, August 11.

By Kylie Galley
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