'Sydney's harness racing home, Bankstown Paceway, will host the one and only 2012 Grand Circuit event in the State of New South Wales,' according to Bankstown Paceway President Les Bentley.
‘The historic 30th running of the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial on Saturday, December 1st, 2012, will be lone Grand Circuit event to be held in our state this year,’ Mr Bentley told Harnesslink this morning (31 May 2012).
‘The Treuer Memorial is not only one of Australasia’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,’ Mr Bentley told Harnesslink.
‘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,’ he 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 nine 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, the legendary 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(1996 and 1997), all of whom also took out both the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile.
‘And, last year (2011), we saw history made as 2009 and 2010 Treuer winner Washakie NZ claimed the prized trophy for a record third consecutive time.
‘Bankstown Paceway looks forward to welcoming all Australasian and international harness racing fans back on track for the 30th Treuer this December,’ Mr Bentley added.
The historic 30th M. H. Treuer Memorial (Group 1) Grand Circuit Gala Race Night – the only 2012 Grand Circuit event in New South Wales – will be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2012, at Sydney’s harness racing home, Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown.
by Megan J. LAVENDER