Josh Osborn will be out to equal a feat his grandfather achieved when he takes the drive on Apollo Drive for Josh ball on Friday night in the Group Three $30,000 Morpeth Limousines Newcastle Cup. Dick Osborn, a local legend of the sport passed away on the 1st October this year. Dick won the Newcastle Cup with Wilson's Lane in 1988. Josh is the fifth generation of Osborn in the sport of harness racing. He will take the drive on the veteran Apollo Drive who has drawn barrier one for the 2550 metre standing start event. The eleven year old has been with trainer Josh Ball since he was a two year old. He will be facing the starter for his 158th start on Friday night and while he is a roughie to win the Cup but does race best at Newcastle having had 83 starts at the venue for 18 wins, 17 seconds and 7 thirds. Start time for the Newcastle Cup is 9:10pm tomorrow night. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
After finishing second in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown, Jim Douglass believes former Victorian Derby winner Scandalman is nearly back to his best. Scandalman was having his fourth run back from a lengthy spell and has improved steadily with each run this campaign. "Ian (Wilson trainer) gave him four trials to get him ready to race and while the trials were good hit-outs he needed to get some racing under his belt," Douglass said. "He is a stallion and during his break he was very big and fat and it has been a job to get the weight off him but he is definitely getting fitter and fitter with each run." Douglass expected a good performance at Bankstown but was even more confident of a forward showing after completing the warm up. "He felt very sharp in the preliminary on Saturday night, he felt like he was ready to run a race and I actually thought on the turn I was a chance of beating Washakie but he held us to about a length all the way up the straight. "Scandalman won't be going to the Newcastle Cup, he chased very hard in the Treuer and has had four runs in four weeks so he won't be racing this weekend but I'm sure Ian will have him in somewhere the following week, there are a couple of options coming up including the Shirley Turnbull Memorial at Bathurst." Scandalman is still assessed M0 but Douglass expects him to take the next step in his career within twelve months. "I think we all expect this season to be the one when Scandalman starts racing against the better opposition and I'm sure he is ready to make that step up, he will benefit from the experience of chasing home horses like Washakie." "The Treuer was a good race for the stable because Tori Jack finished fifth as well and it was good to see him run so well." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Young reinsman Chris Geary drove the first winner in his short career when Western Gailes won at Bankstown on Saturday night. Trained by Geary's father John, Western Gailes settled in the one-one before racing past the leader Junior Johnson in the straight to record a comfortable victory. "I have only had my licence just over a week and it was nice to get a winner early on and to drive it for my dad was pretty special too," Geary said. "Western Gailes got a good trip, he's not known for his speed, he can be a bit lazy and normally takes some time to wind up but he showed a nice turn of speed when I pulled him into the clear and it was quite a thrill." Geary works for Belinda and Luke McCarthy at Cobbitty and enjoys being around horses constantly. "Luke and Belinda are great, there is a great bunch of people out there at the stables and it makes going to work every day very easy." "I used to help out at the stables whenever I got the chance, weekends and school holidays and times like that but an opportunity came to go full time as I was coming towards the end of Year 10 and I jumped at the chance." As a former competitor in mini and maxi trotting in New South Wales, Geary has had a very good grounding in the sport. "I drove a very good pony called Energizer, he was state champion five times and I also got the chance to compete in the maxi trots as well when it first started." "I've watched a number of top drivers closely, guys like Luke McCarthy, Mat Rue, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robbie Morris, they are all very successful and my aim is to be a top driver too, maybe one day I might branch out into training but at the moment I'm very happy to concentrate on driving." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
'While a race night victory may have eluded Condell Park's harness racing drivers on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night last night (Saturday, December 7th) one lucky Bankstown reinsman's wife had the biggest win of her life at the local trotting track,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. 'Condell Park's Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters is now the proud owner a $2,500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central, after Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards drew out her name from thousands of entries in the Bankstown Paceway 'Lucky Door' Prize Racebook Competition,' Mr Bentley said. 'But, for Jacqui, this is the not the only significant win that she has had at the Bankstown trotting track because this is where she met her husband, former trotting driver and Bankstown councillor Allan Winterbottom, and, coincidentally, where they held their wedding reception thirty four years ago on 8 December 1979,' he said. 'But, then again, Bankstown Paceway has a proud match-making record - with our racecourse serving as the venue for the first date of former Racing Minister Kevin Greene and his wife, Frances, where Blaxland MP Jason Clare met his wife, Louise, at the Children's Festival, where East Hills MP Glenn Brookes courted his wife, Kharin, whose father was a local trainer, and where Bankstown councillor Jim Daniel and his wife, Jessica, celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sydney Cup Race Night,' Mr Bentley added. A record crowd of 10,000 packed Sydney's Bankstown Paceway last night (Saturday, December 7th) to watch history in the making as the ten year old warhorse of harness racing Washakie NZ stormed home to claim a fifth successive win in the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial - a feat matched only by the thoroughbred racing legend Manikato, who owned the Group 1 William Reid Stakes for five consecutive years from 1979 to 1983. Photo: Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley (left) and Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards (right) with Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters (centre) and her $2500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central. Megan J. Lavender
Two dozen school aged children from across Australia converged on Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track last night (Saturday, December 7th) for Mini Trots' version of the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial. 'Mini Trots is all about having fun with, and learning to be responsible for, little shetland ponies and miniature horses, for kids aged five to sixteen - it's about getting them on the right track and promoting friendly competition in an atmosphere of cooperation and good sportsmanship,' Bankstown Paceway director Lavender told Harnesslink. 'From an industry perspective, it is also about ensuring that the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of Australia's standardbred horse owners, trainers and drivers are warmly welcomed into the sport - and that they are fostered and encouraged in a family friendly environment,' Ms Lavender said. 'For kids, you can be involved as little or as much as you like - from taking part in the occasional friendly horse race to working your pony on the track every afternoon after school like ten year old Grace Panella and her horse, Dust Storm,' she said. 'The Condell Park school girl and fourth generation harness racing driver is quickly gaining pace on her twenty year old sister, triple Group 1 winning reinswoman Lauren Panella, whose fifty four race wins and sixty nine placings have earned her stakes of over $442,783 so far this season,' Ms Lavender added. Megan J. Lavender
This week on Trots TV we catch up with TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Champion Sydney ambassadors Stephanie Rice, Seryn Adams, Amanda Turnbull and Sammy Kilgour. Also Sky Racing's Fred Hastings speaks with Gavin Fitzpatrick in regards to his drive on Fly Like An Eagle in Saturday night's Group 1 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown. Looking to advertise on Trots TV? Please contact Dale Walker on 02 9722 6600 for further information. Providing a fresh view on harness racing in New South Wales.
Trainer Paul Fitzpatrick is expecting a major form reversal from recent stable recruit Fly Like An Eagle after the New Zealand Cup runner-up drew barrier number one in Saturday night's Treuer Memorial. Fitzpatrick admitted he was disappointed with the performance of the horse at his first run for the stable in the Cordina Sprint at Menangle over a week ago but had always planned on targeting Bankstown's Gr. 1 event. "He went below par at his first run for me but he was one of two horses that came across from New Zealand after the Cup and the Free For All and neither horse produced their best in the Cordina Sprint," Fitzpatrick said. "I've got no doubt that he was a little bit tired when he arrived so I have just lightened up on him a bit and with the fortnight between runs he should be ready to go, his work last Friday tells me that he is feeling fresher." Fitzpatrick is expecting Fly Like An Eagle to lead Saturday night's event. "Mark Purdon has told me that he has pretty good gate speed and drawn barrier one I think he should hold the front, Washakie is obviously the main danger, he has a tremendous record in the Treuer Memorial having won the previous four." "I haven't spoken to the owners about whether he will head to the Victoria Cup should he perform up to expectations on Saturday night, they can make that decision after the race." Meanwhile Fitzpatrick confirmed Rohan Home has been back in work for twelve weeks and should be ready to trial in the next fortnight. "I retired him and put him in the middle of my track with all of the young ones but he looked so well that I decided to give him another go, he has been coming along very nicely and I plan on nominating him for the 2014 Inter Dominion." "He's doing everything I've asked of him and I'm looking forward to seeing him back, he is a great horse at his best." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
When the barrier draw for Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown was being conducted, trainer Darren Binskin asked his partner Kirsten Lamb and her daughter Grace to select the gates for his two runners, Gaius Caesar and Glengowan in the Gr. 1. After Gaius Caesar drew barrier nine and Glengowan eleven, Binskin could be excused for rueing the decision. "Kirsten was pretty disappointed with drawing barrier eleven for Glengowan but Gracey was pretty happy with gate nine for Gaius Caesar, although I'm not so sure I agree with her," Binskin joked. "It's a Gr. 1 event and normally there is plenty of moves anyway but in all seriousness Gaius Caesar doesn't have great speed and the draw isn't too bad for him while Glengowan has been specifically trained for the Treuer Memorial, so I'm expecting him to peak this Saturday night." Binskin has confirmed he will be driving Gaius Caesar this Saturday night and he will be forced to look for a driver for Glengowan. "Yeah I will drive Gaius Caesar, his run on Saturday night was very good, he didn't get a clear run, wanted to get rough at a crucial stage and looking at all of those factors with a clear shot at them, I don't know if he wins but he would have definitely gone close I have no doubt." "I will have to think about who drives Glengowan, I was considering Mat Rue but I'm unsure if he will be required to drive Baby Bling for the McCarthy stable, I will just wait and see." Glengowan finished third in last year's Treuer Memorial and had a few excuses for his defeat. "Glengowan's run last year was very good and everything he has done this time in has been aimed at this race." "My horses don't dominate in this class but they are very competitive and with the right run I think they can be right in the finish, Washakie is the one to beat after the draw and he is going for five wins in the race which is a tremendous feat in itself." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Former Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling will chase another Gr. 1 victory in Saturday night's Treuer Memorial however her task was made all the more harder after she drew barrier ten. The Belinda McCarthy trained mare returned to form on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle winning the Robin Dundee Stakes and owner Harvey Kaplan is hoping she can continue to hold her form. "I was very pleased with her performance on Saturday night, it was great to finally get some idea of where she was at and despite the draw this week I'm hoping she can produce another solid run," Kaplan said. "Baby Bling has been a little bit difficult to follow this campaign, she was outstanding first up, very disappointing at her next run and then her Queensland trip didn't give us any idea of where she was at for a couple of reasons, then when she got back to Sydney she ended up drawing barrier twelve in the Cordina Sprint." Kaplan confirmed the McCarthy stable had been giving glowing reports about the mare's condition and wasn't totally shocked by Saturday's win. "The stable had been reporting that she was back to the weight that she was at when she won the Miracle Mile and had been working extremely well but when she was drawn so wide I still had some concerns but to everyone's credit she was very good considering she was forced to cover extra ground." Baby Bling will be nominated for next year's Inter Dominion series and Kaplan believes that will give him and the rest of the ownership group options going forward. "She will be nominated for sure, we might even give her a run in the series and she how she goes but she has already qualified for the Ladyship Mile so we already have that option." "I don't know if the rest of the owners are as keen as I am, but I would still like to see her go to North America but nothing would happen before March next year." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
'Motor racing trials of Formula One (F1) racing cars built by students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Motorsports Team and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Redback Racing Team will take place at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track next week in the lead up to Melbourne's December Grand Prix,' Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender announced today. 'The UTS Motorsports Team car launched its F1 race car at a gala launch at the university's Broadway Campus last Saturday night, while the UNSW Redback Racing Team will unveil its creation at the UNSW Kensington campus tonight,' Ms Lavender said. 'With a Go Grease Lightning invitational harness racing event for standardbred racehorses and reinsmen as part of our Bankstown City Cup Carnival of Harness Racing last August, our vintage speedcar rally days and our acclaimed Grease Is The Word musical stage show at the Bankstown Paceway-based Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant, it is only a logical step for us to rev up our horsepower by serving as training headquarters for the next generation of Australasian motorsport champions,' she said. 'Bankstown Paceway is elated to welcome UNSW and UTS students from all disciplines across their universities who come together to form the UNSW Redback Racing and UTS Motorsports teams. 'Both originally established in 1999, the two university teams design, construct and race small open wheeled race cars and compete against all major Australian and international universities at the annual Formula SAE-Australasia competition, run by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australasia. 'Formula SAE-A is an exciting international education program where university students design, build and compete in small open wheeled vehicles. Formula SAE graduates worldwide are considered to be among the most work-ready graduates emerging from the university system. 'In delivering a fully functioning vehicle, the student teams undertake a full, real-world product development project. They design, build and test their vehicles, but they also must also attend to the non-technical aspects of a project such as fund-raising, marketing and managing a team of people. Each team effectively works as a small start-up business, and it is this experience that makes Formula SAE graduates stand apart from their peers. 'The Formula SAE Australasian competition was introduced in 2000, and attracts entries from Australia, New Zealand and across Asia. Australasian teams have established themselves quickly as world-class competitors by taking outright victories in major US and European competitions. 'Bankstown Paceway wishes the UNSW Redback Racing and UTS Motorsports teams every success in December's Grand Prix competition in Melbourne,' Ms Lavender added. Andrew Ho
Harness Racing NSW in conjunction with the NSW Harness Racing Club and Destination NSW will formally launch the TAB.COM.AU 2014 Inter Dominion Sydney Championship on Monday 2 December. The Controlling Body and Principal Club are announcing the face and ambassador who will assist with the promotion of the series, which is also known as the Melbourne Cup of harness racing. A press conference will follow the announcement with Harness Racing NSW CEO Mr Sam Nati, the NSW Harness Racing Club CEO Mr John Dumesny and the 2014 Inter Dominion Ambassador. Date: Monday 2 December Where: Dawes Point Park, Hickson Rd The Rocks (in front of Park Hyatt). Time: From 8:45am.
It's Miracle Mile time and there's plenty of news on Trots TV this week. Sky Racing's Fred Hastings chats to Dexter Dunn and Justin Prentice following the trials of Christen Me and I'm Victorious at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday whilst Luke McCarthy provides an insight into the chances of For A Reason in the big one. Seryn Adams pops on by to tell us what we can expect in the 2014 HRNSW calendar and you can view all the latest race replays and trials. www.trotstv.com.au - providing a fresh view on harness racing in NSW Harness Racing New South Wales Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: email@example.com| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au Warning to recipients: This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.
'Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing club has one of the strongest ever boards in more than half a century - with the addition of two new faces to the leadership team,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley told Harnesslink this morning. The Paceway's longest serving president was re-elected by members at last night's (Wednesday, November 27th, 2013) annual general meeting along with vice president John Waite, treasurer Loretta Dewsbury and directors Neil Costello, Vanessa Gauci, Andrew Ho, Megan Lavender and Garry Leonard. 'I pay tribute to retiring directors, harness racing horse trainers Anthony Gorrell and Michael Watkins, who did not seek re-election and, consequently, have retired from the board after many years of dedicated service to our race club,' Mr Bentley said. 'Their seats have been filled by Michael Wilson, who is the rail division general manager of Padstow based Chess Industries, and Robert Caruana, who is the general manager of the AMP's Macquarie Centre at North Ryde,' he said. 'The son of former Orange Harness Racing Club president Raymond Wilson, Michael's family have been involved in trotting for more than sixty years - with links to the Parkes, Forbes, Dubbo, Orange, Junee, Harold Park and Penrith harness racing clubs. 'An owner and former harness racing horse trainer himself, Michael is already a great asset to Bankstown Paceway - with his company sponsoring the 2013 Chess Industries World Cup of Harness Racing, which took place on the night before the Interdominion. 'Also introduced to Bankstown Trots by his father, Robert Caruana has been an infrastructure, redevelopment and facilities management expert for the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Colliers International, Mirvac and Lend Lease, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of its portfolio of regional shopping centres, including Macarthur Square, Penrith Plaza, Wollongong Central, Cairns Central, Canelands, and, of course, Bankstown Square. 'Robert is currently overseeing the $420 million redevelopment of Macquarie Centre, for AMP, into second largest shopping centre in New South Wales. 'With experience, passion and talent, the Bankstown Paceway board looks to continuing to serve our members, racecourse patrons and, of course, all fans of the trots,' Mr Bentley added. Bankstown Paceway
Western Australia trainer Michael Brennan won a gold medal for Australia at the Athens Olympics in 2004 as a member of the Mens’ Hockey Team and is hoping to add a Miracle Mile to his trophy cabinet when Im Victorious competes in Australia’s premier sprint on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park. Brennan has already had some massive highs in harness racing with Im Victorious including a win in the WA Derby but acknowledges the thrill of the race track and the hockey field are worlds apart. “The feelings are completely different, you feel the same elation when you have success but when I played hockey I was always in control, I knew what had to be done to be successful. “In harness racing as soon as the horse walks onto the track it is out of my hands and it is all up to the driver, it is totally different to be relying on someone else to experience that winning feeling.” Brennan represented Australia over an eight year period, playing his first game in 1996 before retiring after winning the gold medal in 2004 and coincidently has drawn barrier eight in his first crack at the Miracle Mile. “I must admit I was disappointed after the draw but as I keep telling myself the barrier is only where they start from and not where they finish, I’m really happy with how he has travelled across and I’m expecting him to run a very good race.” "He had a trial at Menangle on Tuesday to top him off and I’m hoping he can do Western Australia proud by running a great race on Saturday night.” Smoken Up is the horse to beat according to Brennan after he drew barrier one. “He is a super horse, his win at Menangle on the weekend was great, he is going to be in front and is going to take a lot of running down, I’m just excited to be in the race and to be competing against the best.” Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales
Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track is the ideal venue to host your business or community Christmas Party at The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant. Watch the trotting races live, enjoy an all you can eat Christmas themed buffet lunch or dinner, see a live theatre restaurant production like new ‘The Legends of Rock and Roll Show’ and receive a visit from Santa Claus. Some of the available dates include: a.. Wednesday 27 November 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Lunch; b.. Monday 2 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Race Day Lunch; c.. Saturday 7 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Race Night Dinner; d.. Thursday 12 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Lunch; e.. Saturday 14 December 2013 – Sydney Speedcar Rally and Camel Races Christmas Party Show and Race Night Dinner; and f.. Monday 16 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Lunch. For more information or bookings, please visit http://theburninglogrestaurant.webs.com/bankstown or call 1300 843 564 or 1300 THE LOG. For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender Director Bankstown Paceway M: 0419 419 269 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leigh Plunkett Foundation is the recipient of the fundraising effort at this year's Bathurst Carnival of Cups meeting on Boxing Night. The "Guys and Dolls" Team Pursuit, a hit with the holiday crowd last year, will again be a feature of the meeting.Money raised through this race, along with a start-up donation of $1250 from the host club, will benefit the Foundation. Tickets will be sold on the night for $5 ( or hopefully, for a larger donation), with twelve patrons drawn out to form support teams for the Guys and Dolls teams in the Pursuit Race. At the conclusion of that race, one member of the winning support team will be drawn out as the winner of a fantastic prize- airfares and four nights accommodation for two people at Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. The 2013 Team Pursuit will be an exciting and intriguing contest. Can last year's champions - Emma and Amanda Turnbull, Ashlee Siejka and Angela Hedges - stare down the "new kids on the block" John O'Shea, Trent Rue, Max Hughes and Sam Hewitt ( the last pair winner and runner/up in this year's Rising Stars series)? With last year's victory under their belts, the Dolls are a formidable combination, but the Guys have plenty of youthful male swagger, and a stated mission of restoring male pride, to fuel their challenge. The race - two laps of the half - mile track, with mobile starts from opposite straights and designated leader changes throughout - will be conducted for $3000 prize money, donated by generous benefactors Rod Smith and John Brien. Last year's on - course excitement will extend to a national audience this year, with the event part of the scheduled race programme and set to be telecast live on Sky One. HRNSW has also made representations for fixed - odds betting with TAB, with the decision pending. Whatever the result on Boxing Night, one thing is already certain: the biggest winner on an exciting night will be the Leigh Plunkett Foundation. By Terry Neil