Day At The Track

Owners Association "Owner of the month"

05:33 AM 15 Apr 2014 NZST
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Paul Kahefeldt
Paul Kahefeldt

Harness Racing’s greatest attribute is the diversity of participation that it provides. There are many owner trainer drivers with one or two horses, numerous stables with 40 or more horses in work and many in between.

A perfect example is the recent Gold Crown winner, a $10,000 APG graduate, bred by one of the state’s biggest producers, owned by someone who normally would only have several horses and trained by a young fellow with international experience who has 3 horses in work and provides an extensive farrier service to multiple stables.

In the mix of the above examples sits the three nominees for the Owners Association Owner of the month of February.

The first nominee is the Allied Courier Group owned by Cheryl and Colin McDowell. The McDowells have owned, trained and driven a great number of horses for as long as I have been involved in the sport. They have raced a number of high profile horses and currently have racing one of the most balanced groups in many years.

Trained by son Dean on a private facility at Mulgoa, west of Sydney, in the month of February they were successful 9 times with 7 individual horses including a Group 3 win with Stardust. Other winners were, Highest Mountain, Wink Twice, The Twilight Dancer twice, Home of the Brave, Gotta Glow and Chevals Charlie.

With horses like these and Colin’s take no prisoners style of driving, there will be many more winners to come.

The second nominee for February is Riverina owner, Paul Kahefeldt, who won 4 races with 2 horses, namely Lettucefib and Lettuceriprita.

Paul has raced numerous class horses over the years the most recent being Group winner Lettucerockthem, and has extensive experience at training with his own horses.

Our third nominee is Inter Dominion winning driver Howard James, who for a significant part of his career was foreman for Brian Hancock.

Howard has continued his involvement with Harness Racing and the Owners Association wish to acknowledge his success as an Owner following his win with Mortensen at Goulburn on 24th February. Well done Howard!!

We wish to announce that the Owners Bonus Scheme that has been so well received in previous years will again be conducted in 2014.

A press release detailing the participating Clubs and their race dates will be announced soon but remember to be eligible the Managing Owner of the horse must be a financial member of the Association when the horse is nominated for the event. Last year alone there was $19,000 in bonuses earnt.

Harness Racing New South Wales

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