See history made at Bankstown Paceway

09:50 PM 28 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Washakie Megan Lavender
Washakie - the winner of 39 of his 105 starts and $1.2 million.
Megan Lavender - the Bankstown Paceway Director.

Washakie will seek to break harness racing's track record at Bankstown Paceway this Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, by claiming his third Group 1 Grand Circuit M. H. Treuer Memorial in a row,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley told Harnesslink this morning.

‘But, by drawing barrier 9, Washakie will need to come from the second row – ensuring a real challenge for the champion pacer and a thrilling night for spectators at the track,’ Mr Bentley said.

A star studded barrier draw at Bankstown Sports Club last night produced the following barrier draw: 1 Mach Wiper; 2 Feels Like Magic; 3 Godsend (reserve); 4 Lightning Raider; 5 Hesa Buzzin; 6 Internationalplayboy; 7 Our High Octane; 8 Vegas Bound; 9 Washakie; 10 Deadsetlucky; and 11 Rohan Home.

The 29th M. H. Treuer Memorial Grand Circuit (Group 1) Race Night starts at 5.30 pm this Saturday, December 3rd, at Bankstown Paceway. ‘The twenty ninth running of the $100,000 M. H. Treuer Memorial Grand Circuit (‘Group 1’) Pace on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, here at Sydney’s harness racing home, Bankstown Paceway, is set to be a real harness racing gem – with one lucky punter on course set to win a $2,500 diamond pendant courtesy of Bankstown Centro’s Nader Jewellers,’ according to Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho.

‘This finely crafted piece of jewellery – consisting of a princess cut diamond set in 18ct yellow gold – will be taken home by one lucky race goer who collects a racebook on track," Mr Ho said.

Other entertainment on the gala race night will include the return of Bankstown Paceway’s ‘fashions on the field’ race wear competition for the best dressed girls and guys, ‘mini trots’ races with ponies driven by school children, entertainment by the Bankstown City Brass Band, plus a jumping castle and face painting for the kids – and Santa will make an appearance.

Meanwhile, Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender is encouraging harness race fans to share in the heritage of this year’s historic twenty ninth running of the $100,000 M. H. Treuer Memorial Grand Circuit (‘Group 1’) Pace on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, here at Sydney’s harness racing home, Bankstown Paceway.

‘The Treuer Memorial is not only one of the premier pacing events in Australia and New Zealand – and a wonderful night out for the whole family – but, it is a tremendous tradition and tribute to the late Max Treuer (1898-1982) – a visionary Australian and Bankstown local of whom we can all be justifiably proud,’ Ms Lavender said.

‘A successful local businessman and bus company founder, an avid sportsman and harness racing enthusiast, and, as a Bankstown councillor, a true champion of the battler, Max was an asset and inspiration to all people,’ she said.

‘Born on a Chullora farm, Max Treuer served as the founding president of Bankstown Paceway and was instrumental in establishing the adjoining licensed club, the Bankstown Trotting Recreation Club.

‘Twenty eight years ago, we honoured Max when the M. H. Treuer Memorial was run for the first time – and that inaugural race, worth just $30,000 back in 1983, was won by one of the Asia Pacific’s all time favourite pacers, Double Agent.

‘As prizemoney reached $100,000, in 1986, Vic Frost partnered True Delight to an upset win, while other Treuer legends adding to the tradition and glamour of this time honoured prestigious Grand Circuit event include champion pacers Village Kid (1987), Westburn Grant (1989) and Our Sir Vancelot (1996 and 1997), all of whom also took out both the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile,’ Ms Lavender added.

The 2011 M. H. Treuer Memorial will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, at the Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, and race night dining packages start from $55, which includes:

  • Course entry for Australasian harness racing’s historic grand circuit race night;

  • Reserved table seating in the exclusive members stand on the race night;

  • Gourmet buffet dinner, including entrée, main, dessert, tea and coffee;

  • Spectacular night time view of Bankstown Paceway under lights;

  • 2011 M. H. Treuer Memorial limited edition souvenir racebook;

  • Cash waiter service for all your beverage requirements;

  • Live entertainment and plenty of harness racing action;

  • One complimentary beer, wine or soft drink on arrival; and

  • Tote betting information and facilities at your fingertips.

ith places on the night strictly limited, phone Bankstown Paceway on 9708 4111 to reserve your seats before they sell out.

Megan J. LAVENDER

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