Barrie had purchased horses off John and his wife Helen and they became close friends. The Hunter based Carmody family were also good friends with Barrie and they bred a number of horses that Barrie or his family raced. Barrie raced a number of good horses over the years including Star of Darkness who won 15 of 30 races including a NSW sires stakes 2YO fillies final at Harold Park in 1992. Negi Negi was another good horse. The ill fated pacer Howard Ino who won the first Newcastle Derby sponsored by Mark Colin packaging in 2004 defeating the mighty Karloo Mick was owned by Barrie's partner Janet and two of his daughters Anita and Lisa, Mary Rando was also part owner, and her husband Joe Rando trained many horses for Barrie. The club runs the Barrie Sponberg Memorial for the two year old division on Derby night each year.
The Mark Colin Packaging Newcastle Derby is the feature 3YO event at Newcastle and is worth $20,000. Each year the company brings over 100 guests to the paceway for the night and they have booked into the Apollo International Hotel and are sure to make a big weekend of it.
The first race on Saturday night will jump at 5.12pm
Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200
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