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Wagga awards night winners

06:08 AM 10 Sep 2013 NZST
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Blake Jones
Blake Jones

Wagga company Ausmet Roofing has won naming rights to next year's Wagga Pacers Cup following Saturday's night awards and sponsors function.

Business owner Warwick Hay is a relatively new comer to harness racing and is a part-owner of consistent filly Grace Artois which is the first pacer he has raced.

It's only the second year Ausmet Roofing has been involved in the sponsor's draw with the company to back the Cup on Saturday night, March 8.

"It's a real surprise to win. I haven't been involved for too long so it's a bit of a shock," Hay said.

The other feature races at the cup night meeting were taken out by Cottontail Winery & Restaurant (Wagga Derby) and Esec Systems (Wagga Oaks).

Pat’s Tyres & More won naming rights to the inaugural Rising Stars 2yo, while Signs Plus will back the Christmas Cup on December 20.

Meanwhile, the feature award on the night was taken out by champion filly Frith who was named the Riverina and Southwest pacer of the year for the second consecutive season.

Frith won four Group 1 races and just under $500,000 prizemoney for the season beaten only once when second in 16 starts.

Her trainer Bruce Harpley said it was a memorable season which would never be bettered.

“The win in the Western Australia Oaks was something else then she kept it going to win her final race of the season in Victoria,” he said.

Wagga owners Dennis and Jo Howe took home two awards courtesy of their Group One winning filly Distant Memory.

The two-year-old was named Riverina juvenile of the year while the NWSW Owners Association award was also presented to them.

Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden claimed his first Riverina premiership with close to 100 winners for the season and he also took home the Wagga trainer of the year title.

His stable driver Paul Diebert was named the young driver of the year and also finished second in the Riverina premiership behind Blake Jones.

For his part, Jones won two awards – the Riverina and Wagga premierships – after a record season with 69 winners alone in the Riverina.

“I had close to 100 wins so it was a very good season,” Jones said.

The Wagga pacer of the year was claimed by Cousin Dupreez who hardly missed a place and also finished second in the state-wide Carnival of Cups series.

The local premierships were taken out by trainer Paul Kahlefeldt and reinsman Adam Jenkins.

Leeton trainer Kim Hillier’s record breaking season won her the Special Achievement award.

More than 120 guests attended the night where illusionist Jonas Jost kept the crowd entertained with his spectacular magic show.

Harness Racing New South Wales

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