Champion Australian reinsmancaptured his fourth Noel Smith Memorial Invitation Drivers Championship, in a tight three race series at the Horsham Racing Centre on Monday afternoon.
Lang was making his 20th appearance in the prestigious contest and posted early points on the tally board, when he piloted the 5yo mare, Mintropolitan to an all-the-way victory in the opening heat, for SA trainer.
Tasmanian driverput himself into the contest, courtesy of a tough staying effort by ’s smart 3YO gelding Time Capsule in the 2nd heat. Lang maintained his position at the top of the table, with a close up third on Ideal Majority for Bannockburn trainer .
Youthful SA horsemancaptured the final round with the trained pacer Itz Dreamin Jonesy. Lang came in midfield with Big Gorilla but maintained a slight margin to take out the 24th Horsham title.
At the other end of the points table, a countback saw former Horsham Club Presidentpresent the dreaded Wooden Spoon to Queensland reinsman , with breathing a sigh of relief.
Lang, aged 53, is almost in the veteran category, but the winner of 5000+ races is still driving in red-hot form. His Horsham Invitation crown comes right on the back of two recent Group 1 victories at Menangle and 4 wins from 5 drives at Devonport for trainer, just the night before heading to Horsham.
Monday must have been a long day for the Harness Hall Of Famer. After catching a 6am flight out of Devonport to Tullamarine, it was an hour’s drive home to Bacchus Marsh and nearly 3 hours more, along the Western Highway to Horsham.
Four drives later and with a new Challenger sulky on board, it was off again in the truck heading for home. Finally around 10.00pm, it was time to put the feet up before enjoying a well deserved, good night’s sleep.
Harness Racing Legend.