Sydneysiders urged to maintain tradition

03:27 AM 30 Sep 2010 NZDT
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2010-09-30_BHRC Sydneysiders
2010-09-30_BHRC Sydneysiders - urged to maintain Treuer Tradition

Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender is encouraging Sydneysiders to support this year's historic twenty eighth running of the M. H. Treuer Memorial grand circuit ('group 1') harness race at Bankstown Paceway on Saturday, December 4th.

'The Treuer Memorial is not only one of our nation's premier pacing events and a wonderful night out for the family, it is a tremendous tradition and tribute to the late Max Treuer (1898-1982), a great Australian and a visionary Sydneysider 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 the people of Sydney,' 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 seven 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 Sydney'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 2010 M. H. Treuer Memorial will be held on Saturday, December 4th, at the Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, and race night dining packages start from $55, which includes:

  • Course entry for Australian 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;
  • 2010 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.

Alison ZAMMIT

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