The article that appeared in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald regarding the future of the Penrith harness racing facility is refuted by Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) and does not represent the current position. It should be pointed out that HRNSW was not quoted in the story and neither of the two journalists involved, nor anybody else at Fairfax, sought an official or unofficial comment from HRNSW. Furthermore the article contained a number of factual errors including the potential sale of Bankstown and Fairfield to fund a new site at Eastern Creek. As both those venues are owned by Council and not HRNSW such a proposal is, in fact, impossible. By way of background, in 2011, HRNSW developed a business plan that involved selling the current Penrith facility, merging the three provincial clubs - Penrith, Bankstown and Fairfield - and forming a Super Club at a Greenfields site. This concept was rejected by the Penrith Harness Racing Club and subsequently $2.3 million was set aside to upgrade the track and stables at the existing venue as part of the 2012 HRNSW Infrastructure Plan. These works will be completed in FY15. Notwithstanding the above, the possibility remains that Panthers could acquire the showground to build the proposed sports stadium at a time in the future. As such it would be a commercial failing of HRNSW not to be involved in the ongoing dialogue to ensure that we are best positioned in the event of such an outcome. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org| 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.
Bathurst Gold Crown winning two year old Artistic Flite will return to the racetrack on Saturday night when he competes in a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Trainer Anton Golino confirmed the son of Artistic Fella had recovered well from his first Gr. 1 victory and is hoping to add a second feature win to the list. "He is a dream horse, he just recovers so quickly, he has pulled up from the Bathurst Gold Crown so well and now it is time to concentrate on the Australian Pacing Gold," Golino said. "Artistic Flite doesn't take a lot of work so he'll just have one more serious hit-out this week to top him off for Saturday night and if everything goes to plan we will be off to Melbourne for the semi finals a fortnight later." Golino was extremely proud of Artistic Flite after the win at Bathurst but admitted he was nervous going into the final. "Definitely, I was really nervous about him going into the first corner but John McCarthy got him around that perfectly and once he did that I knew he was going to be a big chance." "I didn't give John any instructions, he's driven enough in big races and won plenty of them and in the end it all turned out perfectly, I think Noel Daley was the first person to ring me after the win, it was a very special night for me." A long float trip to Melbourne is not a concern for Artistic Flite according to Golino. "When he had his first start at Newcastle back in February he was in the float by himself and we actually got caught in a fair bit of traffic on the way into the track and he handled himself really well, he didn't sweat up, he didn't move, he was perfect so I'm not too worried about taking him to Melbourne." "There is only a week between the semi final and the final and should he get through to the final I think it would be best to stay down there rather than have him doing a lot of travelling back and forth on the freeway." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales |
Elegant Christian ran a dazzling trial for the $200,000 WA Derby next Friday night when he gave a sparkling frontrunning display to win the $50,000 TABtouch Western Gateway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "I'll take them on again next week and I think we'll have a similar result," declared Clint Hall after driving the inexperienced New Zealand-bred gelding, hot favourite at 3/1 on, to a stylish victory over Classic American (54/1) and Eyre Crusher (14/1) to give master trainer Gary Hall sen. the trifecta which returned a dividend of $340.10 for a $1 investment. Hall sen. now has won the Western Gateway Pace three times, having driven The Falcon Strike to victory in 2001 and scoring with Alta Christiano in 2013 when the colt was driven by Gary Hall jun. Elegant Christian now has won at six of his seven starts, all in Western Australia, with his only defeat coming at the start before Friday night's success, when he was suffering from a mouth ulcer and hang in badly throughout before finishing a half-head second to Mister Jadore. This problem has been cured and the Hall camp is looking forward to the Derby with great confidence. Elegant Christian burst straight to the front from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night and dashed over the lead time in a slick 35.6sec. when challenged early by Bettor Offer, who mustered plenty of early pace from the outside of the front line. Hall then was able to get Elegant Christian to relax and go through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.3sec. and 30.5sec. before sprinting the third quarter in 28.2sec. and coming home in 29.1sec. to record a smart mile rate of 1.56.1 over the 2130m. Elegant Christian's stablemate Machtu, second favourite at 4/1, settled in eighth place before Kim Prentice sent him forward to move to third, out three wide, at the bell. Machtu fought on grandly to finish fifth, with Bettor Offer wilting to seventh. Fourth place went to Mister Jadore, who had followed the three-wide run of Machtu. The win boosted Elegant Christian's earnings to $92,540. Classic American, driven by Chris Voak, was most impressive. He was last in the field of 12 at the bell before unleashing a brilliant finishing burst, out wide of the track. Eyre Crusher trailed the pacemaking Elegant Christian throughout and was badly blocked for a clear passage in the concluding stages. "We expected some early pressure after his last-start defeat," said Clint Hall. "But we were very happy and confident with the horse leading into the race. I thought it would be detrimental to the chances of any horse who took Elegant Christian on early, and I think that was shown in the end. "Elegant Christian is a terrific horse. Down the back I wasn't quite sure how much he had left. He never really travels like that he's got that much left. But once I let him down he had plenty left. I knew I had the two outside of him beaten and I was just worried about Eyre Crusher then. "He's a typical Christian Cullen. He goes to the gate charging and as soon as they move away from his head he just drops the bit and does what we ask him to do." SOHO VALENCIA GETS UP IN THE FINAL STRIDE Victorian-bred five-year-old Soho Valencia further illustrated his wonderful potential and showed that he would be a major player in the feature summer carnival events next season with a fighting victory in the 2130m Princi Butchers Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Shannon Suvaljko drove a canny race in front with polemarker Franco Torres, the 8/1 third favourite behind Soho Valencia (7/4 on) and Lovers Delight (11/2) and he just failed, with Soho Valencia being fully extended in getting up to snatch victory by a nose. Soho Valencia, trained by Gary Hall sen., started from barrier three on the back line and Clint Hall settled the horse into eighth position in the one-wide line after Franco Torres had recorded a modest lead time of 37.4sec. and a first quarter in only 30.6sec. Suvaljko then increased the tempo and Franco Torres reeled off the next three quarters in 29.7sec., 27.8sec. and 28.6sec.Hall started a three-wide move with Soho Valencia approaching the bell and the horse was eighth with a lap to travel. Hall had to drive Soho Valencia hard to gain a last-stride victory by the barest possible margin. The winner rated 1.56.4 and boosted his record to 20 wins, nine placings and $320,902 from 36 starts. He has raced four times in Western Australian for two wins and two seconds. "They drove clever races up front and our hands were tied," said Clint Hall. "We had to come with one run. We thought we would save him up a bit longer tonight and come out about the 800m. If we had come out at the 1200m it might have made the difference (winning more convincingly). "Once I pulled the plugs (after turning for home) he felt like he was going to get the leader. But the leader kept kicking and made him fight it out right to the line." The stewards fined Hall $200 for an incorrect whip action in the final stages of the race. MISTER SHEEDY GIVES JONES A BIRTHDAY PRESENT Former Victorian pacer Mister Sheedy gave Lauren Jones, a recent arrival in Western Australia from Queensland, a wonderful 19th birthday present at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he scored a game win in the 2130m TAB Funding The Industry Pace. Mister Sheedy was driven confidently by Jones and his win gave master trainer Gary Hall sen. the first of four winners on the ten-event program. He was also successful with Alta Christiano, Soho Valencia and Elegant Christian. But celebrations were dampened somewhat when Mister Sheedy pulled up after the race with a fractured nearside pedal bone, an injury which will keep him out of action for at least 12 months and could quite likely spell the end of his racing career. For Jones, who answered an advertisement a couple of months ago to work for the powerful Hall training establishment in Serpentine, this was her first Metropolitan-class success in the State. Mister Sheedy, a six-year-old and winner of 13 races from only 39 Victorian starts, was making his WA debut on Friday night. He was drawn to start from the outside (barrier two) on the back line in a field of nine and was heavily supported to start favourite at 6/4 on. Polemarker Kotare Ash, second fancy at 9/2, withstood an early challenge from Anvils Big Punt and after she went through the lead time in a reasonable 37.1sec., Jones, who had settled Mister Sheedy in the favourable one-out, one-back position, seized the initiative and sent the gelding forward with a three-wide burst to move into the breeze 100m later. Kotare Ash began to wilt approaching the home turn and Jones sent Mister Sheedy to the front with 150m to travel. He went on to win at a 1.59.9 rate over the 2130m journey by one metre from 22/1 chance Rojen Cruz, who was seventh at the bell and charged home out six wide on the track. A close third was 12/1 chance Anvils Big Punt, who raced without cover early before gaining the one-out, one-back sit behind Mister Sheedy. Mister Sheedy, by American stallion Presidential Ball, has earned $85,688 from 14 wins and 13 placings from 40 starts. He had been unplaced at his final four Victorian starts and was having his first start since finishing ninth in a 1720m event at Melton last November. He is the second foal out of New South Wales-bred mare Intoxicating (by Chandon) who had 47 starts for 12 wins, ten placings and $79,060. PEMBROOK HENRY ENDS LOSING RUN OF 34 Veteran New Zealand-bred pacer Pembrook Henry is thriving on racing and after breaking a losing sequence of 34 by winning the 2503m TAB Bet Today Collect Today Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night reinsman Chris Lewis predicted further successes for the hardy nine-year-old. "If he begins as fast as he did tonight there's definitely a few more wins in him," said Lewis after Pembrook Henry, a 9/1 chance, had begun speedily from barrier five on the front line in the stand and led all the way. "You like to see them jump away that quick and that was a boost to his confidence (getting straight to the front). Then we were able to get the sections we needed and he hit the line fairly solidly." Pembrook Henry, trained by Ross Olivieri, had finished second at each of his four runs since resuming in late February after a two-month break. His task on Friday night was made easier by the scratching of noted frontrunner and last-start winner Major Fury and the bad manners of polemarker and 5/2 favourite Copagrin, who galloped at the start and dropped back to fifth. Frontmarker Maggies Mystery also was slow to begin and Lewis was able to shoot Pembrook Henry straight to the front. Callan Suvaljko dashed Copagrin forward, three wide, in the first lap to move into the breeze after a lap had been completed. After opening sections of the final mile in 31.1sec. and 30.8sec., Lewis gave the opposition little chance as he urged Pembrook Henry to move up a gear. The oldstager, owned by Montana Stark, sprinted the final quarters in 29sec. and 28.2sec,. and he won by just over a length from Copagrin, with Compact Rocket finishing third after trailing the leader all the way. Pembrook Henry, whose previous win was at Melton in July 2012, is the latest beneficiary of the drop-down rule which enables pacers handicapped M2 or better to drop down one classification after every losing sequence of ten. Pembrook Henry arrived in Western Australia in the winter of 2012 as an M3-class pacer and he has dropped back to an M1 mark which enabled him to start off the front line in Friday night's event. Now a winner of one race from 21 WA starts, Pembrook Henry won three races in New Zealand and 11 times in Victoria. WILKINS LUCINDA RELISHES THE INSIDE DRAW The tremendous advantage of the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park was further illustrated on Friday night when Wilkins Lucinda, a four-year-old mare with a losing sequence of nine, made full use of the inside draw by setting a fast pace and scoring an easy win in the 1730m Gannons Pace for mares. Most punters took little heed of her favourable barrier and the Noel Keiley-trained mare was a 10/1 chance, with Jungle Genie favourite at 7/4 on from barrier two on the back line. Aldo Cortopassi got Wilkins Lucinda away to a flying start and the mare gave her rivals very little chance by speeding over the final four 400m sections in 28.5sec., 29.5sec., 29sec. and 28.4sec. She recorded a slick 1.54.8 rate and took her record for owner Stan Wilkins to 39 starts for seven wins, 13 placings and stakes of $80,979, a figure boosted by her third to Lucky Joy in the group 1 $100,000 State Sires Series for two-year-old fillies in July 2012 and her win in a $25,000 listed classic for three-year-olds last June. By Rich And Spoilt, Wilkins Lucinda is the fourth foal out of Shoneer Lobell, who won five races in New South Wales and five in WA for earnings of $52,353. Wilkins Lucinda is a full-sister to Sheer Dreams (157 starts for 19 wins, 47 placings and $153,994) and Sweet Charlee (67 starts for 11 wins, 17 placings and $77,630). Cortopassi said that he had given Wilkins Lucinda an excellent winning chance after driving her the previous Friday night when she had to be retired with broken gear. "Forget last week," he said. "She was going extremely well when she broke a hopple. And tonight I was not worried after she had run the opening quarter in 28.5sec. She actually had her ears pricked. She was happy in doing what she was doing, just happy to be rolling along. So I let her do what she wanted." AROUSING FOLLOWING IN HER DAM'S FOOTSTEPS Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri's honest mare Arousing maintained her consistent form when she was driven a treat by Kristian Hawkins to win the 2130m The West Australian Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Arousing, who has earned $86,818 from nine wins and 22 placings from 82 starts, is following the steps of her dam Roustabout, who showed considerable promise with two wins in New Zealand and two in WA before being retired with earnings of $33,171 after only 12 starts. Roustabout, by Christian Cullen, showed her class by winning the group 3 Empress Stakes from Precious Maiden and Sovereign Beejay at Gloucester Park in March 2006. Arousing is her first foal and Arousing's younger half-sister Loving You finished third behind Frith in the group 1 WA Oaks last year and has a record of 33 starts for seven wins, 11 placings and $70,292. Hawkins drove Arousing at Gloucester Park for the second time at her previous start three weeks earlier when the mare finished sixth behind Southern Legacy. He admitted after Friday night's victory that he was to blame for the mare's unplaced effort, saying: "I slaughtered her at her last start, so I knew I had to be patient this week whereas I wasn't at her previous run." Arousing, favourite at 11/4 from the No. 2 barrier, challenged unsuccessfully for the early lead, but polemarker Chillin Dylan (13/4) held up and Hawkins cleverly slotted Arousing in behind the pacemaker 200m after the start. The Oyster Bar (3/1) broke into a gallop after 200m and outsider Touch Me Toes moved up to race in the breeze, giving My Bachelors Delight a perfect sit, one-out and one-back. Arousing appeared to be in all sorts of trouble half-way down the back straight in the final circuit when Chillin Dylan began to weaken, shuffling Arousing back to fifth. Hawkins kept his composure and eventually was able to ease Arousing off the pegs 350m from home. Arousing finished determinedly to hit the front close to home and win by a half-length from My Bachelors Delight, who had taken the lead with 520m to travel and had opened up a, lead of two lengths at the 100m mark. "I knew I had plenty of horse in my hands, but Aiden's horse (Aiden De Campo's My Bachelors Delight) had a pretty handy break on me at the right time," Hawkins said. "It just came down to a bit of luck when we got out." LITTLE BOY BLUE IS A GREAT INVESTMENT How do you multiply an investment by five times? It's simple. Buy your wife a pacer for $10,000 and watch it as he earns $50,660m in the space of eight months. That's what Waroona horseman Bob Mellsop did last July. He outlaid $10,000 to purchase Little Boy Blue Blue to give to his wife Val as a birthday present. Little Boy Blue, driven by Kiara Davies, set a fast pace and outclassed his rivals in the TAB Radio Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His four-length victory over I Am Legend took his record for his new owner to five wins and six placings from 19 starts. And that boosted the New Zealand-bred five-year-old's career record to 58 starts for 13 wins, 20 placings and $117,276. Everything fell into place for Little Boy Blue, who started from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and second favourite at 11/4. Polemarker Carters Rocket, an all-the-way winner the previous week, galloped badly at the start and dropped back to a distant last and I Am Legend paced roughly after starting from barrier two. Davies grabbed the heaven-sent opportunity to dash Little Boy Blue straight to the front and the gelding charged through the lead time in a fast 35.4sec. as he established a three-length lead over I Am Legend. This left the 7/4 favourite Mighty Flying Thomas in the breeze. Davies let Little Boy Blue roll along in the lead and he sped over the final two quarters in 29.2sec. and 28.6sec. to leave his nine rivals floundering in his wake. I Am Legend fought on to be second, almost a length in front of Mighty Flying Thomas. The winner rated a smart 1.55.8 over the 2130m trip. "When the one galloped and the two went rough, I just went for it," Davies said. "And once I saw them coming (in the back straight in the final lap) I thought I'd get them running because Little Boy Blue is pretty hard to catch once he gets going." CONNIVING MAJOR DAVE BOUNCES BACK Tenth placings at each of at his past two appearance and just one minor placing from his past seven starts did not deter many smart punters who cashed in when Aiden De Campo drove Conniving Major Dave to victory in the 2130m British Night Next Friday Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Conniving Major Dave started from barrier four on the front line and he enjoyed a perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position before finishing boldly to defeat the pacemaker Ohoka Squire (9/2) by a neck, with Grand Cru fighting on from sixth at the bell to be third. "His past two starts weren't his fault," said de Campo. "It was probably my fault, hitting a couple of wheels. He trialled well on Wednesday when he got over Dasher VC, sitting on him and running a quick last half. "Tonight I was pretty confident if he got the right sit and steered tractably. He got down a bit on the last bend which cost us a length or so. But he was still good enough to win. He's got a lot to learn and I really like the horse. He's got a bit of toughness and, hopefully, he can win a couple more." Conniving Major Dave, trained by de Campo's father Andrew, has earned $44,913 from eight wins and six placings from 29 starts. He has raced 17 times in WA for five wins and five placings. His dam Kind Martar is a younger sister of Pocket of Grace, who had 210 starts for 30 wins (16 in Queensland and 14 in New South Wales) and 41 placings for stakes of $160,975. HIGH FIVE MOZZA BREAKS THROUGH AT LAST Punters rallied to support High Five Mozza in the 2130m Sky Racing Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, not because he went into the race with a losing sequence of 34 and had not managed a minor placing at his most recent nine starts, but because he had drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. He was solidly supported to start favourite at 11/8 in a particularly weak field. Then everything went according to the script. Shannon Suvaljko jumped the New South Wales-bred six-year-old straight to the front. After a moderate lead time of 38.2sec. and a slow first quarter in 31.2sec. High Five Mozza broke 30sec. for the next three quarters to win by just under a length from 9/2 chance Will of Iron, who ran on from sixth at the bell. High Five Mozza, prepared at Wanneroo by Debbie Padberg, finally repaid the trainer for her perseverance and patience. The gelding had managed six placings from his first 32 starts in WA before Friday night's success. He won ten races in New South Wales (eight at Penrith and once each at Bankstown and Newcastle and had six starts in Victoria for one win before arriving in WA. by Ken Casellas
Record figures were achieved from 115 lots at the Gold Crown Yearling Sale at Bathurst last weekend. Sale organiser Graeme Board said it was the best sale he has been involved with. "I've been doing the sale at Bathurst for nearly 20 years and this is by far the best I have seen," said Board. "Everyone wanted to be a part of the action and the results are great for the future of harness racing." Yearling colt sales hit an average price of $9,000 while the fillies were close to the $7,000 mark. The sale turned over just shy of $1 million, a significant increase on 2013. The top price lot was a for Sportswriter-Sixteen Carat colt purchased by Emilio Rosati for $34,000, while Pat Bourke purchased a Courage Under Fire-Lombo Silhouette colt for $27,000. Bred by Laurie and Gwen Paton, the sale-topping colt is out of the 1:55.5 Menangle winner Sixteen Carat, a Blissfull Hall mare. Rosati also shelled $27,000 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Counterfeit Chic colt and $25,000 for the American Ideal-Superstar Lady filly, the top-priced filly at the sale. Other lots to fetch $20,000 or more were the Courage Under Fire-Pleasure Machine colt at $21,500 and the Rock N Roll Heaven-So Savvy colt and the Art Colony-Jillette colt both at $20,000. For a full list of results go to graemeboard.com Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 8580 5795 |M: 0411 627 113 |E: email@example.com| W: www.hrnsw.com.au
"Friday night at the Trots returns to Sydney next week and Friday, March 28th, has been proclaimed 'Girls Night Out' right here at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway - with frocked up fillies and fashionistas treated to a glitzy night at the races featuring the Serenade Leather fashions on the field racewear competition, indigenous art exhibition, oncourse entertainment, mouth watering dinner, desserts and drinks, as well as numerous prizes for race goers," Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has announced. "So, bling it on for Bankstown and join our stable of celebrities for a night of fashion, fantasy and fun - and win one of many race night competitions, prizes and give aways, including "Beverly Hills Collection" designer handbags and accessories as featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire," Mr Bentley told Harnesslink. "Just a few buffet dinner packages - which also include reserved table seating overlooking the racecourse for the entire evening - are still available at a cost of $40 per person by contacting us on 9708 4111 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org," Mr Bentley said. "Our harness racing fixture card on the night will also include the historic 30th running of the Schweppes Sydney Cup," Mr Bentley added. Girls Night Out will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, March 28th, 2014, as part of the 30th Schweppes Sydney Cup Carnival of Harness Racing - with the first race scheduled to start at 6.30 pm. Gates open at 5.30 pm and racecourse entry is free. Bankstown Relay for Life “Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway will this month stage the Cancer Council’s premier community festival and team walk against cancer – and we will dedicate our Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night on Friday, March 28th, 2014, to raising much needed funds in the fight against cancer,” Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has announced. “The Cancer Council has again named the heart of Australian harness racing as the venue for its 2014 Relay For Life Community Festival and Team Walk Against Cancer, following the success of last year’s event at the internationally acclaimed 800 metre Condell Park trotting track,” Mr Ho told Harnesslink. “Having now evolved into a weekend long Cancer Council Relay For Life Carnival, the festival of events will include a stand alone Relay for Life gala race night charity promotion on Friday, March 28th, 2014, following our fundraising endeavours on the racecourse over the past month,” Mr Ho said. “The Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night event, on Friday, March 28th, 2014, will also serve as a prelude to the non-stop 24 hour charity fair – the Cancer Council’s time honoured Relay For Life Community Festival and Team Walk Against Cancer on Saturday, March 29th, and Sunday, March 30th, 2014 – which will be run overnight over the two days,” he said. “Again hoping to beat this year’s fundraising target of $75,000, Relay For Life is first and foremost a grass roots community event for all Australians – where teams of ten to fifteen people participate in a relay-style walk or run to not only raise funds for the Cancer Council, but also honour the lives of all people touched by cancer. “One in every two Australian men and one in every three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, and an estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in our nation last year – with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020. “With all funds raised from Relay For Life going directly to the Cancer Council’s continuing fight to defeat cancer, the Bankstown Paceway cancer carnival will bring together people from all walks of life for a time of fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance,” Mr Ho added. Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night incorporating the Cancer Council Relay for Life charity fundraiser will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, March 28th, 2014, with the first race scheduled to start at 6.30 pm. The Cancer Council Relay for Life Community Festival and Team Walk Against Cancer will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Saturday, March 29th, and Sunday, March 30th, 2014, as a non-stop 24 hour community event. Register your team online now at http://relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2014/bankstown_relay_for_life Facts on Cancer in Australia - An estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia last year – with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020. - 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. - Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 43,700 people are estimated to have died from cancer in 2011. Cancer accounted for about 3 in 10 deaths in Australia. - Nearly 15,000 more people die each year from cancer than 30 years ago, this is due mainly to population growth and aging. However, the death rate (number of deaths per 100,000 people) has fallen by 16 per cent. - More than 60 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia will survive more than five years after diagnosis. - The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades. - The most common cancers in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) are prostate, colorectal (bowel), breast, melanoma and lung cancer. These five cancers account for over 60 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in Australia - Over 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers each year, with 543 people dying in 2011. - Cancer costs more than $3.8 billion in direct health system costs (7.2 per cent). - $378 million was spent on cancer research in 2000-01, 22 per cent of all health research expenditure in Australia. Fashions on the Field “International fashion house Serenade Leather – creator of the famed “Beverly Hills Collection” of designer hand bags, wallets, shoes and accessories – is the Official Autumn Carnival “Fashions on the Field” Partner here at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway,” Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has announced. “Bringing to the fashion industry over sixteen years of impeccable design and beautiful craftsmanship in an ever expanding global market, Bankstown Paceway is delighted to welcome Serenade Leather as our Official Carnival Fashion Partner,” Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. “What this means for Bankstown Paceway race goers is that they will have right here on the racecourse access to the very same designer hand bags and fashion accessories that they have been reading about in Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, where Serenade Leather is regularly featured,” Ms Lavender said. “Instead of hunting through the fashion boutiques of New York, Dubai, Moscow, Madrid and Tokyo – where Serenade products are in high demand – fashionistas of the Bankstown trotting track will have access to a ready supply of designer hand bags and leather goods,” she said. “As part of its official autumn carnival partnership with Bankstown Paceway, Serenade Leather will give away a limited number of designer hand bags and fashion accessories as prizes to several lucky racegoers at our 30th Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night on Friday, March 28th, 2014,” Ms Lavender added. Serenade Leather fashion prizes will be available on 30th Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, March 28th, 2014 – with the first race scheduled to start at 6.30 pm. Gates open at 5.30 pm and racecourse entry is free. Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show “Australasia’s largest custom motorcycle show – dubbed ‘The Big Bad Day Out’ – will return to the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, for its twenty fourth consecutive year on Good Friday, April 18th, 2014, from 10 am to 8 pm,” Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has announced. “Over twenty five thousand bike fans are expected to converge on Condell Park’s world renowned 800 metre trotting track which will once again swap our horses for horsepower and our gigs for gears by playing host to the undisputedly best and safest motorcycle show in the southern hemisphere,” Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. “The 24th Annual Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show will feature daring on track motorcycle stunts by celebrity riders, as well as flat track and dirt bike demonstrations, and, of course, the ever popular Miss Hard ‘n’ Fast show girl competition, which was won by Amy Lee (see attached photo) on Friday, March 29th, 2013,” Ms Lavender said. “Motorcycle enthusiasts and show going families out for the long weekend will also be treated to an array of motoring and memorabilia trade stalls, sword and martial arts displays, reptile show and live rock music performances on the main stage,” she said. “With thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to be handed out – including a $25,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a $1,000 lucky door prize – bike fans are set for yet another action charged spectacular at Sydney racing HQ,” Ms Lavender added. The 24th Annual Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show – “The Big Bad Day Out” – will he held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Good Friday, April 18th, 2014, from 10am to 8pm. Admission to the show is $30.00 – with children under 12 years old entering for free. Photo: Miss Hard N Fast 2013 show girl competition winner Amy Lee at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway. The 24th Annual Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show at Bankstown Paceway will feature: Harley-Davidson's No1 stunt rider - Matt Mingay of Stunts Inc. will be showing his style Hard 'n' Fast display riders Paul Caslick (9 times Australian flat track Champion) St George MCC flat track demo on the horse track V8 Dirt Drag Demo on the inside of the trotting track NSW Supermotard display races in the car par (set up race track) Harley Davidson Australia Custom Shop CYC Studio Stunt Team, Lucky, ltzmatty, Jamie Jet, Scotty B,Cash Clarke,Scotty the hotty, igloo iglic. Live rock band BD Boxing For Life Demo Sword Display Power-lifting Demo MY Jujitsu Team Demo Donut Master Burnout Comp Live Reptile Show HEAPS of trade stalls Event Schedule - 10.00am Gates Open Main Stage 11.45am Welcome And Intro 12.00pm - 1.00pm Sounds On Stage / Dj Karl 1.00pm - 2.00pm Miss Hard 'n' Fast 2014 Judging 2.00pm - 3.00pm Live Music 3.00pm - 3.30pm Donut Master Burnout Comp 3.30pm - 4.30pm Live Music 4.30pm - 5.30pm Trophy Presentations 5.30pm - 6.00pm Lucky Door Prize Draw 6.00pm - 6.30pm Sy's Harley Davidson Raffle Draw 6.30pm - 7.00pm Wet T-Shirt Competition 7.00pm - 8.00pm Wrap Up / Show Finish Track Events 10.00am - 5.00pm Speedway - St George Mcc Flat Track Demos 11.00am, 12.30pm, 3.00pm 150 kph Pro Speedway Racing with special quests 12.00pm - 3.30pm V8 Dirt Drags Demo Rear Ground Stage 11.00am - 5.00pm Reptile Show 12.00pm - 1.00pm Power Lifting Demo 1.15pm - 1.45pm Sword Display 2.00pm - 2.30pm MY Jujitsu Team Demo 3.00pm - 4.00pm BD Boxing For Life Demo Entrance Compound 1.00pm - 5.00pm CYC Studio Stunt Team 2.00pm - 5.00pm NSW Supermoto Demo 3.00pm - 3.30pm Donut Master Burnout Comp The kids will love the action and the chance to meet the riders in a specially set up meet-and-greet rider's tent. They can bring autograph books, shirts, helmets, gloves and just about anything imaginable to have autographed by their favourite rider. And, of course, the best show bikes will be on display, and the most unique trophies in the country will be awarded to winners on the day. Unlike many other bike shows, all bikes entering MUST be rideable. The Harley-Davidson Custom Shop will return this year with new products to tempt your style in customisation. Bankstown Aboriginal Art Exhibition “Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway will host its Second Annual Indigenous Australian Art Exhibition to feature a standardbred racehorse and gig as part of the 30th Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night on Friday, March 28th, 2014,” Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has announced. “The exhibition will feature works in a wide range of artistic media including painting on leaves, wood carving, rock carving, sculpture, ceremonial clothing and sandpainting by indigenous artists sourced by the Bankstown Aboriginal Education Consultative Group,” Mr Ho told Harnesslink. “Traditional indigenous art in the form of dot painting includes a variety of paint colours like yellow representing the sun, brown representing the soil, red representing the desert sand, and white representing the clouds and the sky. “The heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, looks forward to again partnering with the Bankstown Aboriginal Education Consultative Group to deliver the world’s only Indigenous Australian art exhibition featuring Aboriginal equine art,” Mr Ho added. The Second Annual Indigenous Australian Art Exhibition will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, March 28th, 2014, from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Entry is free. Andrew Ho Director Bankstown Paceway
Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, will have the privilege of hosting the 30th running of the Sydney Cup at our gala carnival race night on Friday, March 28th, 2014 - with the first race set to commence at 6.30 pm - and an action packed event programme, including the time honoured 2014 Schweppes Sydney Cup and other associated pacing events," according to Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho. "Whether you're a harness racing enthusiast, an occasional punter, part of the hard partying glitterati, or a hard working family just looking for a fun night out, we are delighted to extend an invitation to you to be part of history - and share in the experience of this highlight harness racing event on March 28th - with our glamour and action packed night racing extravaganza featuring live entertainment, Fashions on the Field race wear competition, family fun and children's activities, competitions, lots of prizes and giveaways galore for all race goers, plus so much more," Mr Ho told Harnesslink. "Enjoy an open air night out with a picnic on our green or treat the kids to the club priced food and beverages from our racecourse kiosk. Or, for the ultimate dining experience, indulge your family with a sumptuous four course buffet dinner in the trackside Champions Restaurant (with views of the track and reserved table seating for the night - places are strictly limited and bookings can be made on 02 9708 4111 or via email to email@example.com)," he said. "We look forward to personally welcoming you back to Bankstown Paceway for the premier event of our Autumn racing calendar on Friday, March 28th," Mr Ho added. The 30th Schweppes Sydney Cup Carnival Gala Race Night will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, March 28th, 2014, with the first race set to start at 6.30 pm. Gates open at 5.30 pm and racecourse entry is free. Andrew Ho Director Bankstown Paceway
Somebeachsomeflaire isn’t, and probably never be will, the quickest filly in Australia, but she certainly is one of the best bred. And yesterday she may have finally realised that, leading all of the way to win easily by 9.9 metres over her 10 rivals at Golburn. “You’d have to go a long way to find a filly with breeding like hers, outside of Australia anyway,” said trainer-driver Darren McCall. “I trained her mother Warrawee Flaire in Canada and she won 40 races and over $600, 000,” revealed McCall. “She is out of top racemare Light Up who won the Three Diamonds.” Light Up has had 12 foals of racing age for 12 winners, including Sunshine Beach, who won the Battle of Brandywine and was arguably the second best three-year-old in America behind Captaintreacherous last season. “She, like Sunshine Beach, is by the champion Somebeachsomewhere, making her a ¾ sister to him,” he added. McCall purchased Warrawee Flaire, who clocked a mile in 1:50.6, from her connections after she had finished racing and shipped her to Australia when he moved over. “Somebeachsomeflaire is her first foal. She also has an Art Major two-year-old and a Rocknroll Heaven yearling and foal,” advised McCall. “The Art Major was a rig, so we have just gelded him, but he goes really well,” he added. Somebeachsomeflaire snuck under the radar yesterday paying odds of $57.80 after two below average sevenths to open her career, but McCall advised that he was expecting a much improved performance. “She tied up in both of her first two starts, so I completely changed her feed and routine.” “However, I don’t know if I was quite expecting her to improve that much,” he added.” “She is quite a late foal so I expect her to keep improving. I think she is capable of winning a few more races yet.” However, McCall knows that Somebeachsomeflaire’s true value will come once her racing days are numbered, especially after the 1-57.7 mile rate that she recorded yesterday. “We have had a bit of interest from people wanting to buy her for a broodmare, but she is still lightly raced, so at the moment we are happy to hang on to her.” McCall said that Somebeachsomeflaire is likely to compete next in a series at Bankstown Paceway. “We will keep her away from the big stuff for a while to hopefully give her a couple of easy kills and get her confidence up,” said McCall. When asked if he had anything else worth following in upcoming weeks, McCall said to keep an eye on Western Rockstar, who was also a winner at yesterday’s Golburn meeting. “And Mega Alexander should be hard to beat at Penrith on Friday,” he concluded. *Note: It is rumoured that Somebeachsomeflaire’s four-year-old ¾ brother Sunshine Beach is currently under offer for $1.8 million. By Mitchell Robertson
TALENTED teenage harness reinsman Dylan Ford returned from driving in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship series in New South Wales brimming with confidence despite finishing second to New Zealand novice driver Andre Poutama. In any other series Ford would have emerged triumphant with three winners and a couple of fourth placings but Poutama managed to secure one winner, two seconds and four thirds from his 10 drives to clinch the title with 89 points while Dylan amassed 78 points from his three wins and mixed bag of placings. Ford saluted aboard odds-on favourite Smokin Bopper ($1.40) in the third round of heats and he guided The Twilightdancer to victory at Bankstown two nights later. He saved the best for last by partnering outsider Little Red Cloud ($18.70) to victory in the last heat of the series at Menangle on Sunday. Ford was back in action in Hobart last night where he saluted aboard Brookfield Lad that he rated superbly to lead all the way. He reflected on his trip to NSW and his efforts during the AYDC series. "It was a fantastic opportunity to go away and represent my state and we almost pulled it off," Ford said at the Hobart harness meeting last night. "I was just a bit unlucky with the first lot of horses I drew to drive but I finished well and hopefully did my state proud." "To go up against some of the best young drivers in Australia and New Zealand was brilliant and I definitely learned a lot while I was away," he said. Ford, 18, was selected to represent the state because of his impeccable form that won him the leading junior reinsman title last season and he has continued that form this season. "I felt as if I improved throughout last season but it has been this past three months that I believe I have improved the most," he said. Ford was born into the industry and he has expanded his involvement to training. "I love working with horses and I guess it was a natural progression to turn my hand to training." "I've got five horses in work and they are all learning what racing is all about." "There are no super stars in the stable but hopefully they will all earn their keep," he said. Ford was trackside to experience the thrill of Tasmanian Beautide winning the Inter Dominion at Menangle on Sunday. "To be up there competing the same day Beautide won the Inter Dominion was just a magical experience and it is something I will remember for as long as I live." "To do what he did to that field and make them look ordinary makes him a very special horse - I'd say he was a freak," he said. By Peter Staples
Commencing 1 July 2014 the Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificates (BCOBC) will increase in value by 20% to $3,000. The Board of Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) made the decision at their monthly Meeting on Tuesday. HRNSW CEO Sam Nati said: "With the APG Sydney Yearling Sale scheduled for this Saturday we felt it was the ideal opportunity to make the announcement. "The Breeders Challenge is a very important brand for us and we have continued to add layers both to the value and the number of incentives associated with it", he added. Some of the key inducements for Breeders Challenge eligible and sustained horses include: Â· $3,000 Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificates for the first "C" Class win as a 2yo AND 3yo. Any horse that doesn't win a certificate as a 2yo or 3yo is eligible to win one as a 4yo or older (Currently worth $2,500 until 1 July 2014). This is paid to the owner. Â· $3,000 Breeders Challenge Nominators (Breeder) Cash Bonus for the first "C" Class win as a 2yo AND 3yo. Any horse that doesn't win a Bonus as a 2yo or 3yo is eligible to win one as a 4yo or older. (This is the first year of the BCNB and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). This is paid to the breeder(s) even if the horse has subsequently been sold. Â· The equivalent of 10% of first prizemoney for all 2yo, 3yo and 4yo Group 1 wins in Australia as an additional Cash Bonus to the Nominator. (This is the first year of the Nominators Bonus and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). This is paid to the breeder(s) even if the horse has subsequently been sold. Â· The Breeders Challenge Major Race Series for 2yos, 3yos and 4yos (both sexes) with finals worth $125,000 each for 2yo and 3yos and $100,000 each for 4yos. Â· The introduction of a Breeders Challenge Trotters Series with Finals worth $30,000 each. (This is the first year of the Trotters Series and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). Â· The Breeders Challenge Blue Series for 2yos and 3yos (both sexes) which is restricted to 100% NSW bred horses with Finals worth $50,000 each. Â· The Breeders Challenge Regional Finals for 2yos, 3yos and 4yo (both sexes) worth $20,000 each. Â· $500 Breeders Challenge Blue Incentive Certificates to offset the cost of a service fee of a NSW based stallion (conditions apply). For the full list of terms and conditions visit the HRNSW website and follow the links to the breeding section. In another exiting development for the Breeders Challenge, HRNSW will shortly announce a new major sponsor for the series. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Last night heats 6 and 7 of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship were held at Young. Andre Poutama continued his great run, picking up two more third placings. In the first heat of the night, Andre’s runner had to work hard early, but managed to hold on for third place. Sam Ottley and Simon McMullan struck some bad luck when the horse in front of them paced roughly and carried them back to finish 8th and 9th respectively. The second heat saw Narissa McMullen from Queensland pick up her second win of the Championships after a confident drive. Sam tried to chase down the leader but came short and ran 2nd; Andre wasn’t far off Sam and finished in 3rd position. Simon’s horse held on for 6th after doing some work during the running. Dylan Egerton-Green from Western Australia closed the gap at the top of the leader board, but Andre still sits in front with a lead of 7 points. Andre has now had seven drives in the Championship for one win and five placings, only being out of the top three in one heat. The current leader board after the first seven heats is as follows: Position Driver Points 1st Andre Poutama (NZ North) 66 2nd Dylan Egerton-Green (WA) 59 3rd Narissa McMullen (QLD) 54 4th Samantha Ottley (NZ Sth) 46 5th Amanda Turnbull (NSW) 42 5th Aiden De Campo (WA) 42 7th Aaron Bain (SA) 41 8th Dylan Ford (TAS) 40 9th Joshua Duggan (VIC) 33 10th Simon McMullan (NZ) 29 Heats continue at Bankstown tonight with Heat 8 (5:14pm NZT) & Heat 9 (5:53pm NZT), with the final heat being the first race on Inter Dominion Grand Final day on Sunday afternoon (2:30pm NZT).
Albury will host a TAB Carnival Of Cups meeting this Saturday night, the first of three programmed during the month of March for southern New South Wales. The Commercial Club Albury Cup is the feature event and looks a suitable target for the Col Thomas trained Dealer considering the four year old has recorded three victories in his past five starts. "He's no champion but he is very honest and I think the 2570 metres is going to be a big plus for him because he keeps on going," Thomas said. "I had planned to send him to Kerryann Turner at Menangle in March but when they announced they were closing the track for resurfacing I thought it might be best to keep him with me and chase a few of the Carnival Of Cup races with a few to be run around my area." The horse is raced by a good friend of Thomas'. "Robbie Wakeman owns Dealer, he delivers the bread to different places around Leeton and comes out and helps me as soon as he is finished in the mornings and is a great help around the stable." "He tells me he is going to retire in April which is music to my ears because that means he will have more time to spend with me at the stables giving me a hand." Talented juvenile Business In Motion is close to a return despite not being sighted at the trials. "I was hoping to start him at Albury but the race didn't stand up, the Wagga Derby might be a good option the following week and then I was considering taking him back to Bathurst during the Gold Crown carnival but there is also a good option in Victoria so I will just wait and see how he goes early on in the preparation." "He hasn't raced since the middle of last year and while he hurt his leg it wasn't serious and he has just had a really good break." Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org| 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.
Smolda has already won the NSW Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle and on Sunday will be attempting to add his name to the Inter Dominion honour roll. Apart from being a talented pacer he is also the equine ambassador for CCIA, (Children's Cancer Institute Australia) the country's only independent medical research institute due to the involvement of his part owner Marcus Kirkwood. Marcus and his wife Sharon lost their son Tom to a brain tumour in August 2009, one day before his 18th birthday and since then through the support of their town of Singleton have raised more than $800,000 for the CCIA. "After Tom's death I thought I might splurge on a share in a horse and after seeing one for sale on New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon's website I made some enquiries," Kirkwood said. "Smolda came across for the NSW Derby and we thought he would make a good ambassador for the CCIA drawing valuable attention for the Institute if he raced in the colours of Mark Purdon but carried the logo of the CCIA." After a brief discussion with the other part owners it was quickly agreed upon. "Fellow owners Neil Pilcher and Phillip and Glenys Kennard embraced it and Mark and his partner Natalie Rasmussen willingly adopted the idea and proudly wear the colours, maybe it is some Anzac spirit" "While the royal blue and silver grey colours are highly visible slightly less obvious are the words around the cuffs of the sleeve, they read 'Our Mate Tom', so Tom will be there on Inter Dominion day." The CCIA has conducted world-class childhood cancer research for 25 years working towards their vision to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering. Smolda will start from barrier eight on Sunday afternoon and will have plenty of supporters cheering him on. By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW) Greg Hayes - SKY Racing 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.
The barrier draw for the $750,000 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final was conducted this morning at The Star in Sydney. The Grand Final field in barrier draw order is: Barrier Horse 1 Im Victorious 2 Livingontheinterest 3 Seel N Print 4 Keayang Cullen 5 Forever Gold 6 Mach Beauty 7 Wartime Sweetheart 8 Smolda 9 Caribbean Blaster 10 The Gold Ace 11 Restrepo 12 Beautide 13 For A Reason 14 Terror To Love 15 Franco Nelson 1st Emergency (Withdrawn) 16 Pub Blitz 2nd Emergency 17 Ardghal 3rd Emergency Note that the Emergencies are not drawn into the field and take the place vacated by a scratching. The Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle is scheduled for 3:40pm and is to be broadcast nationally on Channel Nine. The mega race day will consist of seven Group 1 events including the Form 700 Chariots of Fire, Camarda and Cantrill NSW Derby, Form 700 NSW Oaks, Cordina Farms Ladyship Mile, and Glenferrie Farms Trotters Challenge. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
The Board of Harness Racing NSW this afternoon convened for a Special Meeting to decide its Chairperson. It was determined that Mr Rex Horne would be the new HRNSW Chairperson. Mr Rex Horne replaces Mr Graeme Campbell who completed his maximum eight-year tenure on the Board earlier this month. Mr Rex Horne said: "It is a great thrill to lead this wonderful industry at a very exciting time." "I would like to thank the Board for having the confidence in me and also Graeme Campbell for his outstanding contribution to HRNSW over the past eight years," he added. Mr Rex Horne was appointed as a member of HRNSW by the Hon. George Souris, Minister for Racing, on 10 February for a term of office of two years. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Canadian Trevor Henry has driven more than 5000 winners in his career that has spanned twenty years and is set to drive at Leeton's meeting on Friday afternoon. Henry struck up a good friendship with Goulburn trainer Neil Day when the two represented their respective countries in the World Driving Championships in France last year and when Day knew Henry would be holidaying in Australia he offered him the chance to drive at a couple of meetings. "Trevor, David Butcher and I spent a lot of time with one another in France last year and I knew he was coming out to Australia with his family for a holiday so I thought it would be good to let him have a drive at some of the Australian tracks," Day said. "When I found out the dates that he would be finished his tour that he was doing here in Australia, I looked at the calendar and saw that the meeting which was closest for us on Friday was Leeton and asked him if he was still keen to come on a four hour drive each way and he said sure." Day was full of praise for the Canadian star and is hoping he can assist him pick up some drives at Goulburn on Sunday afternoon. "He passed 5000 winning drives recently, has driven more winners than any other Canadian driver, has had nearly 27,000 drives, and won $13 million dollars in stakes which is a good effort considering he only took out his licence in 1994." "I was going to try and get him a drive at Menangle on Saturday night but seeing it is such a big night I thought we might just go and watch the two Inter Dominion heats at the track instead but he will be at Goulburn on Sunday too so I'm hoping he can pick up a few drives there as well." Day confirmed that Henry had enjoyed his Australian experience so far. "Yeah they're enjoying the trip for sure, there is even some talk of them coming back again in the future, hopefully one of my horses can do the right thing by him on Friday at Leeton." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Superstar mare Frith will add to the Wagga TAB Carnival Of Cups with an exhibition workout next month. Frith will be close to resume racing at the time of Wagga's biggest meeting of the year on Saturday night, March 8, which works in perfectly with the plans of trainer-driver Bruce Harpley. The four-year-old is the reigning NSW pacer of the year and will resume racing shortly after the hit out. "I may work her with a galloping pacemaker so the date fits in very well as she has been back doing pacework for a few weeks and is ready to step it up a bit more," he said. Frith's appearance will be a major drawcard given her magnificent feats in the past two years which includes several Group 1 victories across Australia. She has rarely raced in the region since her early two-year-old days winning four of her five starts here and finishing second at Wagga. Frith has won her past 12 starts with her overall record standing at 22 wins, 4 secobnds and one third from 28 starts for prizemoney of close to $620,000. Harpley said Frith will resume racing on a suitable Metropolitan handicap. "She is an MO, but a C12 so finding races in the country will be very difficult," he said. Meanwhile, it won't be just the best pacer in the cups or the leading local trainer but any trainer who has a runner at the three local TAB Carnival of Cups in March who has the chance of securing some additional cash. Albury, Wagga and Young have joined forces with three $1000 bonuses for their cup meetings on March 1, 8 and 15. The best performed cups horse will win connections $1000, the leading local trainer an additional $1000, while there will be an open trainer's draw worth the same amount of money. "It's the first time the three major meetings have fallen on three straight Saturday's so we wanted to offer something extra for owners and trainers," Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said. "The three clubs have put up the money along with ITP who were keen to promote a bonus for the three meetings. "The cup races are all of a similar grade and distance so it's possible for trainers to target the meetings. "An open draw allows every trainer who has a runner the chance to also win." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |