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Dylan Ford to represent Tasmania

05:36 AM 15 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Dylan Ford - leading junior driver in Tasmania
Talented teenage reinsman Dylan Ford will represent Tasmania at the Australasian Young Drivers' Championship in New South Wales next month.

The announcement was made by Tasracing CEO Dr Eliot Forbes and it was basically a formality given what Ford has achieved in such a short time in the sulky.

Ford, 18, was thrilled with his selection.

"It is an absolute honour to be chosen as the Tasmanian representative," Ford said.

"I have had a lot of support from a lot of owners and trainers but I would especially like to acknowledge the role my family and cousin Nathan (Ford) have played in my success so far in harness racing," he said.

Ford also is training half a dozen horses alongside his cousin's stables at Elderslie.

Ford was a ready made talent when he first acquired his driver's licence finishing second on the novice driver premiership and ninth overall in his first season and last season he won the novice driver title and finished seventh overall.

The Australasian Young Drivers Championship will boast junior reinsmen and women from all over Australia and New Zealand and will run in conjunction with the Inter Dominion series to be held at Menangle.

Dr Forbes said Tasracing's harness racing program was very supportive of young drivers and many have demonstrated their ability at the highest level on the national stage.

"As a result of this ongoing commitment our Tasmanian talent is nurtured in their early careers and has resulted in four of the last 11 national winners coming from Tasmania," Dr Forbes said.

Tasmanians have dominated the AYDC series with previous winners comprising Ricky Duggan (1993), Adrian Duggan (1997), Gareth Rattray (2003 and 2010), James Rattray (2005) and James Austin (2007).

By Peter Staples

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