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Sydneysiders will have the opportunity to celebrate all of the harness racing action and excitement of Tiger Tara's unforgettable win in the $500,000 Group 1 Interdominion Grand Final Pacing Championship at his home track, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, this coming Friday, December 21st, 2018.   "All of Sydney is keen to salute this amazing win by our locally trained eight-year-old, by Bettors Delight USA out of Tara Gold NZ, who is trained right here at Bankstown Paceway by Kevin Pizzuto, and whose ID effort will now forever be enshired in the annals of history," Bankstown Paceway vice president David Rosen told Harnesslink from Melbourne's Melton Park.   "Owned by the Hawli and Pizzuto families, and driven to his easy and unforgettable Melton win by Todd McCarthy, the winner of Bankstown's 2017 Schweppes Sydney Cup now boasts an impressive $1.9 million in career prizemoney," Mr Rosen said.   "So, back home in Sydney, locals can celebrate Tiger's incredable win at Bankstown Paceway's Family Christmas Race Night this coming Friday, December 21st, 2018 - with Bankstown's Food Night Markets open from 5 pm and the first race scheduled to commence at 7:03 pm," he said. "Friday's big Bankstown race night will also feature free children's activities, face painting and a jumping castle among the many food stalls - and, best of all, entry is free," Mr Rosen added. Megan J. Lavender

'The newest, fastest and most technologically advanced Formula One (F1) racing car built by students from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Redback Racing Team has now successfully completed all testing and trials at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track in the lead up to next week's Grand Prix in Melbourne (6 to 9 December 2018),' Bankstown Paceway committeeman Andew Ho has announced. Mr Ho last night (Monday, November 26th, 2018) launched the new top secret design together with UNSW students at a gala function at the university's Kensington Campus. 'From racing standardbred "Trots" horses to trialling the latest in F1 racing, Bankstown Paceway is elated to welcome UNSW students from all disciplines at their university who come together to form the UNSWRedback Racing team,' Mr Ho told Harnesslink. 'Originally established in 1999, the university based team designs, constructs and racse small open wheeled race cars and competes against all major Australian and international universities at the annual Formula SAE-Australasia competition, run by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australasia,' Mr Ho said. '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,' he said. '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 team every success in December's Grand Prix competition in Melbourne,' Mr Ho added. Megan J. Lavender

The City of Canterbury Bankstown Council Cup of Harness Racing will take place at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway next week - on Friday, November 23rd, 2018. 'Our new expanded spring racing carnival both articulates and contributes to the development of the aspirations, values and beliefs of Canterbury Bankstown's diverse population by engaging and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of what has evolved into not only a time honoured local cultural celebration, but an internationally recognised and televised sporting event,' Bankstown Paceway treasurer Megan Lavender told Harnesslink. 'Featuring an action charged series of harness racing culminating in the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council Cup and Mayoral Races on Friday, November 23rd, 2018, the 2018 Carnival will also include a family fun night for each and every member of your household,' Ms Lavender said. 'The City of Canterbury Bankstown Council Cup Carnival - part of our nation's six billion dollar equine industry - is also a major stimulant of local economic growth and development for the City of Canterbury Bankstown and its harness racing businesses and families by attracting harness racing competitors to our area from across Australia and New Zealand, stimulating demand and creating jobs for hard working families,' she said. 'Targeting sporting and racing enthusiasts, as well as animal lovers, from across Australia, the Carnival also represents a social and cultural celebration for people of all ages, and in particular families, with this year's event scheduled to include a range of on course activities. 'With the continued support of the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council, the Carnival not only ensures the provision of an enjoyable, affordable and accessible activity, but contributes to promoting the positive image of Canterbury Bankstown - our industries and our people - as a sporting and cultural capital. By hosting the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council Cup, our city ensures its place as a city of progress on the world map of harness racing - a place where interesting happens,' Ms Lavender added. The City of Canterbury Bankstown Council Cup Carnival Race Night will be held on Friday, November 23rd, 2018, at Bankstown Paceway, with the first race set to start at 6.33 pm.   Megan J. Lavender

EVERGREEN pacer Mega Alexander is defying the odds and still winning races at the age of 12. Facing a claiming pace at Bankstown tonight with a $6,000 price tag, the gelding added his 32nd victory to his name at Penrith last start. A win tonight will see the son of Barnett Hanover extend his earnings over $300,000 in stakes. Driver Jim Douglass (pictured) believes Mega Alexander could do just that. “He’s been working well and the barrier draw looks good on paper, he will just need some luck,” Douglass said. “It was nice to see him finally get a bit of luck last week and win . . . it was his first win back since having a long spell and first win in two years.” Mega Alexander, a rising 13-year-old, has raced competitively since the age of two and has gathered these statistics without winning a Group race. “He’s happy, fit and healthy and is enjoying himself so we’ll keep going with him,” Douglass said. “The day he shows signs that he doesn’t want to be there, we will pull the pin on his racing career. “But for the moment, he’s a gelding so will only be a paddock horse and he’s fitter and healthier being in work.” Having been trained by eight different mentors along the way, Mega Alexander’s current conditioner is Ian Wilson. The Theresa Park mentor has enjoyed a fruitful season having trained close to 30 winners. A pacer that has added to that number this season is Flirtatious Heart. The mare has won five of her 18 starts this season and will be chasing another victory in tonight’s Bankstown Sunday Markets Pace (2140m). The pair have shared many victories together over the years and tonight will also combine with Informality in the Tuza HR-X Pace (1740m).   AMANDA RANDO HRNSW

'The newest, fastest and most technologically advanced Formula One (F1) racing car built by students from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Redback Racing Team has now successfully completed all testing and trials at Condell Park's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track in the lead up to Melbourne's December Grand Prix,' Bankstown Paceway director David Rosen announced today. Mr Rosen last night (Tuesday, November 21st, 2017) launched the new top secret design together with UNSW students at a gala function at the university's Kensington Campus. 'From racing standardbred "Trots" horses to trialling the latest in F1 racing, Bankstown Paceway is elated to welcome UNSW students from all disciplines at their university who come together to form the UNSW Redback Racing team,' Mr Rosen told Harnesslink. 'Originally established in 1999, the university based team designs, constructs and racse small open wheeled race cars and competes against all major Australian and international universities at the annual Formula SAE-Australasia competition, run by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australasia,' Mr Rosen said. '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,' he said. '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 team every success in December's Grand Prix competition in Melbourne,' Mr Rosen added. Megan J. Lavender

All of the action and excitement of live harness racing continues at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway this month as part of the Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup winter festival of racing. Last month saw the exuberant trackside crowd go wild with cheers as seven-year-old bay mare Forestspider - the daughter of American all-star sprinter Yankee Spider and Cheldean Maori - took out the track's all-time 1740 metre trotting race record on Christmas in July Race Night, Friday, July 21st, 2017. While, last Friday, August 11th, saw cashed up punters revelling in standout wins by drivers Amanda Turnbull with four-year-old bay mare Tact Rousey NZ and eight-year-old brown gelding Mister Clooney NZ, in the James Scott Free For All, and Chris Geary with four-year-old bay horse Fortyeighthenson for local trainer Mick Watkins. This Friday night, August 18th, sees the running of the 2017 National Mares Final while Thursday night, August 24th, will feature the pinnacle event of this winter's racing festival - the Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup. Families can expect a spectacular night out with live trackside entertainment, jumping castle, rides, face painting and tasty club-priced food and drink from either the open-air kiosk or the comfortable surrounds of Champions Restaurant - located in the Phil Lopez OBE Grandstand. The 2017 Winter Carnival of Harness Racing continues at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, this Friday, August 18th, 2017 (National Mares Final), and next Thursday, August 24th, 2017 (Canterbury Bankstown City Cup Race Night). Gates open at 4:30 pm - with racing scheduled for between 5 pm and 9 pm.  

The Seymour name is synonymous with harness racing across the nation at the major tracks and now Kevin and Kay Seymour are expanding their sponsorship in celebration of 50 years involvement in the sport. This time in New South Wales with the Kay and Kevin Seymour National Mares Final at Bankstown on August 18. Carrying prizemoney of $12,000, more than originally advertised due to the Seymours generosity, connections of the winner will also receive a free service to Gotta Go Cullect or Hurrikane Kingcole. Heats for this race will be held at Bankstown on August 11 with the conditions being for C2-C5 mares, four-year-olds and older. Club source Colin McDowell hopes this will attract a quality field. "Mr and Mrs Seymour are great supporters of harness racing in Queensland and it's nice to see that they will take their sponsorship across the border especially to Bankstown," he said. "Hopefully this will reinvigorate trotting in Sydney and get Friday night racing in the Sydney bowl going again. "But most importantly the heat winners won't attract an assessment penalty but still race for fantastic prizemoney in the Final. "Bankstown are offering opportunities that other tracks don't so this race should attract plenty of nominations. "This is what trainers have said they want. "This is what Bankstown is delivering." AMANDA RANDO

"Sydney's Bankstown Paceway is calling for expressions of interest from individuals, companies, organisations and consortia to operate our new function, events and entertainment centre located at the south western suburbs-based harness racing racecourse from early 2018," Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has said. "Scheduled to be constructed by January 2018 on the site of the former La Luna Lounge, this new state of the art facility will feature a 2,000 square metre grand ballroom with approved seating for up to 700 guests (and the potential for further expansion, subject to Council approval) along with the availability of both undercover and uncovered parking within the Paceway," Mr Ho told Harnesslink. "Interested parties are requested to submit proposals in written hard copy format by Wednesday, August 16th, 2017," he said. "For additional information or to organise a site inspection, please contact our Secretary Manager, Ann Wait, on 02 9708 4111 or via email at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au," Mr Ho added. Andrew Ho  

Bankstown harness racing trainer Jim Webb left hospital after seven long months recently and is slowly becoming accustomed to his new routine and surrounds. Jim suffered a spinal cord injury in June last year after falling while working a horse on the Bankstown track and has no movement in his legs and very little movement in his arms and hands. Webb has been amazed at the amount of support he has received from the harness racing industry and has passed on his thanks to everyone who has contacted him passing on their best wishes. Since leaving hospital, Webb has moved into a care facility with his family and plans to purchase a new house equipped with necessary modifications. The family has sold its previous home in Auburn and is looking forward to the future. Webb and his family have asked for some privacy in the short term as they become accustomed to the new care facility and contemplate another move to a new home. Greg Hayes

Talented Victorian seven-year-old pacer Keayang Steamer last raced in New South Wales in the 2013 Chariots Of Fire.  The son of Riverboat King finished fourth behind Christen Me, Smolda and Restrepo all subsequent Group One winners at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  This Friday night, the Marg Lee trained gelding will be chasing Bankstown’s feature event of the year, the Treuer Memorial. Regular driver Glen Craven will make the trip north to drive Keayang Steamer and believes he is a strong chance of winning after recording a 1:53.1 victory at Melton on Saturday night. “From a driving perspective he is feeling and racing as well as he ever has and I think his last win proved that he isn’t too far off his best in regards to his form,” Craven said. “The biggest query will be the track, he has never raced at Bankstown but he works on a half-mile track at home so I don’t think the size of the track is going to be too much of a concern.” The Treuer Memorial looked an ideal race for Keayang Steamer over the longer distance. “I think that’s why Marg was keen to get him to Sydney, Keayang Steamer loves the longer trip, she put him in hoping for a good draw and so far everything has gone to plan. “He was probably a month behind where we wanted him in his preparation and therefore he wasn’t aimed at the Inter Dominion in Perth but if he is racing well and stands up to constant racing then I would think next year’s Inter at Gloucester Park would be a logical target.” Since his Chariots Of Fire performance he has only raced seventeen times. “There hasn’t been any major issue, no torn ligaments or anything that severe, we just couldn’t keep him strong enough. “He couldn’t keep any muscle definition over his back and hindquarters so we changed his training program around and he does a lot more work up hill which has definitely helped him.” Craven was happy with barrier number three in Friday’s event but is hoping the perfect gate doesn’t put a target on his back. “In a race like the Treuer Memorial a good barrier draw is always important, three is perfect but it could quickly become a bad draw especially if the pace is hot. “He’s definitely drawn to take advantage in the early stages.” Craven will be having his first drive on the Bankstown track having previously driven in New South Wales at Menangle and the old Bathurst Showgrounds. The Treuer Memorial is race six at the Bankstown meeting on Friday night and is scheduled to start at 9:10pm. Greg Hayes

Sydney's Bankstown Harness Racing Club committeeman Megan Lavender is set to take up a new government appointment on the state's Central Coast. On Friday, October 9th, 2015, NSW Lands and Water Minister Niall Blair appointed the current Bankstown Paceway director and former Greyhound Racing NSW board member to a five year term as a trustee of the Gosford Showground Trust, which includes the Gosford greyhound racing track. "I am humbled by the confidence that the NSW Government has placed in me at this pivotal time - and, I look forward to the opportunity of continuing to serve the people of our state," Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. "Benjamin Franklin once famously remarked that 'if you want something done, ask a busy person' - and, let me just say, that I shall embrace my new post with the same energy and drive and spirit as I have with my other roles," Ms Lavender added. An experienced company director and government board member, Ms Lavender currently serves as chief executive of a medical industry organisation and on eleven boards, including the NSW Ministry of Health Centre for Health Record Linkage, Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Children's Book Council of Australia, Australian Ice Racing, Sport NSW and Swimming NSW Aquatic Management.  

The fundraising effort for trainer/driver Jim Webb is continuing after a big night at Bankstown last Thursday night. The industry has raised more than $50,000 for Jim since he sustained horrific injuries after falling out of the sulky during track work in June. The online auction that has been run by HRNSW and supported by some of the leading industry figures will close on Friday September 4th at 4pm. There has been plenty of interest in the Roll With Joe service donated by Pepper Tree Farm. This is the only chance breeders have to send a mare to the popular stallion in Australia with his book now closed. When available he stood for $6,000 but the leading bid is already $6,100. A service to multiple Gr. 1 winning stallion Caribbean Blaster has been offered for auction by Rob Nalder. Standing for $2,750, the leading bid currently is $2,000. Trained by Andy Gath and driven by his wife Kate throughout his career, Caribbean Blaster raced and beat the best horses in the country and is exceptionally bred himself. Brenda Rice donated a service to leading trotting sire Yankee Spider. Valued at $1760, the leading bid is $1250 and is remarkable value currently considering the deeds of his sons and daughters on the track. Spider Girl has taken all before her in her career and is one of his talented daughters. Other progeny include Miracle, Illawong Moonshine, Spidergrace and Forest Spider. HRNSW has donated a Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate. Valued at $3,000 this certificate can be used at the sales to purchase a Breeders Challenge eligible horse or used towards the stallion fees of an eligible stallion. The current bid for the $3,000 certificate is $3,000. It is very easy to place your bid. All you have to do is send an email through to the Media Manager at HRNSW, Greg Hayes with your details and the amount of your bid. The current bids are regularly updated on the press releases available on the website. Greg's email address is ghayes@hrnsw.com.au The auction will close at 4pm on Friday September 4. Get bidding. Greg Hayes

The harness racing industry is renowned for supporting 'their own' when in need and trainer Jim Webb needs all the help he can get. Webb was working a horse on the Bankstown track two months ago when he was thrown from the sulky and suffered some serious injuries. Jim has a spinal cord injury and has no movement in his legs and very little movement in his arms and hands. His sensation below his shoulders is altered so he may be able to feel in some areas but not others. He is in a power wheelchair to move around and he is learning how to use it on his own. He needs help for all his personal care and will need modifications made to his home so that he can use his wheelchair inside. A fundraising dinner at the Bankstown Harness Racing Club will be held in conjunction with a big race meeting on Thursday August 27. Tickets are $100 per head or $800 for a table of ten. A number of tables have already been sold for the evening but the club is hoping to sell more tickets in the lead up to the event. "The ticket price includes a meal plus beer, wine and soft drink throughout the night," Bankstown President Les Bentley said. "A number of auction items have been donated to raise funds for Jim and his family and we encourage as many harness racing supporters to come along to the night as possible." Some of the items to be auctioned during the evening include: * Greg Noman portrait valued at $5,000 * Samsung Galaxy Tablet 16GB * Framed and autographed 1979 St George jersey * Makybe Diva framed picture of her winning the three Melbourne Cups * Picture of Phar Lap winning the Agua Caliente Gold Cup * Table of ten at the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle * Four corporate tickets to the fully catered TAB box at Rosehill * A Wynwood Estate case of wine and private tasting at its Hunter Valley vineyard HRNSW has also donated a $3,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificate. A number of raffles will also be conducted during the function with TAB betting vouchers to be given away. To purchase tickets please call the Bankstown Club on (02) 9708 4111. Greg Hayes

The Bankstown Harness Racing Club is seeking community support in aid of local horse racing trainer Jimmy Webb who sustained critical injuries during an horrific track work accident at Bankstown Paceway on Sunday, June 14th, and continues to remain hospitalised in a serious but stable condition at the Prince of Wales Hospital's spinal unit,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. "In conjunction with the 2015 Bankstown City Council Cup Race Night, on Thursday, August 27th, from 6:00 pm, we will host a special race night fundraising dinner, A Night for Jimmy, to provide much needed financial assistance to Jimmy, his wife, Therese, who is legally blind, and their three daughters," Mr Bentley said. "Donations of $100 per person for a three course dinner with beer, wine and soft drinks, or $800 for a table of 10, along with any additional financial contribution or "in kind" support with auction and raffle prizes will provide much sought after relief for the Webb Family during Jimmy's ongoing and long term recovery process," he said. "Jimmy loves horses. He has trained them all of his life. But he may never have the opportunity to do so again." A member of Bankstown Paceway for over a quarter of a century and the recipient of the 2013 Serenade Beverly Hills Collection Jack Fitzpatrick Award for Innovation in Harness Racing, Jimmy recently also lost his father, Jack, who introduced him to the Trots and taught him everything that he knew about training standardbreds. But horse training doesn't always pay its way - and Jimmy has worked many jobs, mainly as a barman at Carnarvon Golf Club and Auburn Tennis Club, as well as here at Bankstown, to provide for his family. Lucky to survive his horrendous track fall, Jimmy's rehabilitation process has been a slow and excruciatingly painful one. "He can't swallow - and, so is, basically, on a liquid diet." "But he can talk and remembers ever so clearly just what happened on that faithful Sunday morning this winter." Forced to endure the agony of twice-daily physiotherapy, Jimmy has had bone removed from his hip grafted into his neck - but there is still swelling of his spinal cord. Jimmy is unable to use his hands. But he has feeling in his legs and, now, he can move his arms. Jimmy is expected to be in hospital for many, many more months. Ever so thankful that he husband is alive, Jimmy's wife, Therese, visits him in hospital each day. But, because she is legally blind, she must rely on taxis for the journeys there and back. Unfortunately, his daughters are at school - and, so they cannot visit him as often. But, if only he had a portable computer in the hospital, then he could Skype them their goodnight kisses. With the assistance of Harness Racing NSW, who are providing a special ambulance vehicle, Jimmy hopes to be with us in person at Bankstown on the night of Thursday, August 27th, subject to the advice of his doctors. He has been preparing himself for this occasion - both physically and emotionally - each and every day. With your support, let us rally together and let us help alleviate the pain - or, at least, the financial pressure - on Jimmy and Therese and their daughters,' Mr Bentley added. A Night for Jimmy will he held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Thursday, August 27th, 2015, from 6:00 pm. Donations of $100 per person for a three course dinner with beer, wine and soft drinks, or $800 for a table of 10, along with any additional financial contribution or "in kind" support with auction and raffle prizes can be made by contacting Bankstown Paceway secretary manager Ann Wait on 02 9708 4111 or ann@bankstownpaceway.com.au For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender Director Bankstown Paceway M: 0419 419 269  -  E: lavender@bankstownpaceway.com.au   Bankstown Harness Racing Club

'Sydney will host its third annual city based series of camel races at the heart of Australian harness racing, Bankstown Paceway, from tomorrow (Tuesday, July 28th, 2015),' according to Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender. 'From Tuesday, July 28th, to Thursday, July 30th, the century old showground and eight hundred metre trotting track at Condell Park, in Sydney's south west, will serve as the venue for the Third Annual Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular, which will see cameleers and dromedaries stand in for our much loved reinsmen and standardbreds for the three day festival of racing,' Ms Lavender said. 'Race goers will be treated to four daily races featuring six camels topped off with a non stop entertainment programme featuring New Zealand-born Allen McDonald's world famous Elvis Show and UK comedian Al Showman from The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant (which has made Bankstown Paceway its new home after six decades at Dural), plus Santa's Christmas in July lunch,' she said. 'With sand, sun and fun, the Third Annual Sydney Camel Races at Bankstown Paceway will be July's ultimate winter warmer,' Ms Lavender added. The Third Annual Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular will he held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, from Tuesday, July 28th, to Thursday, July 30th, 2015. Gates open at 10 am. Reserved seating, show and lunch bookings can be made on 1300 THE LOG or 1300 843 564 or 0414 339 558.   Camel Racing in Australia - The Facts The facts on camel racing in Australia are as follows: Camel racing is a popular sport in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Australia, and Mongolia. Like horse racing, camel racing can be an event for both wagering and as a tourist attraction. Camels can run at speeds up to 65 km/h (18 m/s; 40 mph) in short sprints and they can maintain a speed of 40 km/h (11 m/s; 25 mph) for an hour. Camel racing in Australia - which started more as a tourist attraction than a professional sport - usually takes place on outback racetracks. Previously, camel race was held in Sydney at the former Harold Park Paceway, at Glebe, during the Equine Influenza Crisis which prevented many Australian horse races from being held in 2007. In July 2013, the Inaugural Sydney Camel Racing Carnival was held at Bankstown Paceway. Australian camel racing jockeys are mostly women, unlike the Middle East, where boy jockeys are the norm, and camels race in sprints, not long distance races. Camels were first brought to Australia from Afghanistan in the early 1800s to help build major railway and telegraph lines in the outback. They were also used extensively for exploration purposes and as a pack animal. By 1895, the Australian camel population had increased to approximately 6,000 head and today the population is estimated at over one million animals. Megan J. Lavender  

Thursday 21st May 2015 - Bankstown Harness Racing and Agricultural Society president Les Bentley will look to boost prize money for the club’s flagship race, the M.H Treuer Memorial, after winning a lengthy court battle.  Bentley confirmed a court ruling meant the club would receive more than $1 million from the Bankstown Trotting and Recreational Club. “We have been working on this case since 2010, it has been a long haul but it is a great result for Bankstown with the news that we will receive $1.1 million in back rent up until today (Thursday),” said Bentley. “We are also entitled to interest on that money which goes back to May 2010 and we were awarded full legal costs and they are somewhere in the vicinity of $400,000 so it a great result for the Bankstown Paceway.” Bentley praised the solicitors involved in the legal action. “The team at Thurlow Fisher did a marvellous job and they need to be thanked for all of their hard work, we have two weeks to submit our costs to the judge and he will then order the Bankstown Trotting and Recreational Club to pay the amount within 28 days. “The good news for the Bankstown Paceway is that we can pay our debts and they have been growing because of this matter and then we can look to boost prize money.” Plans include lifting the prize money for the Treuer Memorial to $120,000. “The committee has discussed lifting the money and are looking to make it a race for three year olds rather than for the open horses and that proposal will be submitted to HRNSW soon. “We are hoping to introduce a few Gr. 3 races to our calendar as well.”    Greg Hayes

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