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"Australian Harness Racing Drivers Championship winner Todd McCarthy - the son of legendary Treuer Memorial five time consecutive winning trainer John McCarthy - can now add the title of Bankstown Paceway Driver of the Year to his growing list of accolades," according to Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender.   "The twenty six year old - who earlier this year became the youngest reinsman to represent Australia at the World Drivers Championship in Sweden - was lauded last Friday, November 22nd, on Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup Gala Race Night, along with Bankstown Paceway Trainer of the Year, Kerry McDowell, Bankstown Paceway Horse of the Year, Left Tennant, and Bankstown Paceway Owners of the Year, Allied Express Pacing and Trotting Pty Ltd," Ms Lavender told Harnesslink.   "Last Friday night's race meeting also saw a wealth of wins for New Zealand bred bays - with four year old pacer Make Way NZ, trained by Sonya Smith and driven by Anthony Butt, claiming the Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup while seven year old bay gelding Matai Valour NZ took out the 2019 Mayor's Cup," Ms Lavender said.   "Three year old bay colt Sonny Weaver NZ, seven year old bay mare Rnr Windermere NZ and four year old bay gelding Heart of Cooper were all victorious in their respective Schweppes Sydney Cup heats races, while five year old bay brown horse Heza Conman, nine year old bay gelding Rocknroll Music and four year old bay mare My Anna Rani claimed the remaining three wins on the fixture card," she said.   "Bankstown Paceway's Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing continues next Friday, December 6th, with Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night, followed by Christmas Race Night on Friday, December 20th, and Holiday Race Night on Friday, December 27th, 2019 - and we look forward to welcoming the harness racing community and all of their families and friends back on track," Ms Lavender added.   Harnesslink Media

Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing club members joined a slew of film and television stars and celebrities from reality shows Love Island, Master Chef, Crazy Rich Asians and the Amazing Race, along with KPOP personalities and rappers, converging on Sydney Metro Airport, at Bankstown, this month, for the grand finale of the Miss Auto D'Elegance 2019 beauty pageant. They were joined by scores of Australian and international fashion models, designers and motoring enthusiasts for the cocktail-themed extravaganza held in the NavAir private jet hanger which featured a fashion show set amongst private jets and an armada of custom-built luxury sports cars. The 2019 Miss Auto D'Elegance beauty pageant is designed to promote automotive charity programmes across NSW, Victoria and Queensland - and the vision of the contest is to open opportunities for young women to extend their talents and dreams to work alongside various automotive charity programmes and to challenge themselves to be the best they can be, according to Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender. This monumental event showcases a beauty pageant inside a massive private jet hanger lined up with more than twenty million dollars' worth of exotic sports cars - on the doorstep of our local trotting track - it's an event where fashion, beauty and community come together as one, Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. "Holding the international Miss Auto D'Elegance 2019 beauty pageant right here at Condell Park - and on the doorstep of our local trotting track which celebrates 55 years of registered harness racing next year - is a considerable cultural coup for our local community which has been showcased on the world stage," she said. "We can now say that Bankstown's Sydney Metro Airport is not only internationally acclaimed for its model runways of tarmac but also for its runway models of high fashion," Ms Lavender added. The event culminated in the crowning of Mongolian-born Shurentsetseg "Sherry" Davaa as Miss Auto D'Elegance 2019 with Madison Croft named as first runner up, Tatiana Bocharova as second runner up, Sara Nhili crowned as third runner up and Maia Fuchs as fourth runner up.   Harnesslink Media

'The newest, fastest and most technologically advanced Formula One (F1) racing cars built by students from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Redback Racing Team have now successfully completed all testing and trials at Condell Park's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track in the lead up to next month's Grand Prix in Melbourne (5 to 8 December 2019),' Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender has announced. Ms Lavender last week (Friday, November 15th, 2019) launched the new top secret designs 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,' Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. 'Originally established in 1999, the university based team designs, constructs and races 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,' Ms Lavender 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,' she 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,' Ms Lavender added. Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender, committeeman Andrew Ho and Terry Lee with UNSW Redback Racing team members and their new F1 cars at the launch. Harnesslink Media  

"It was a evening of action and excitement both on and off the track at last Friday (November 8th) night's thrill packed Bankstown Paceway harness race meeting which featured the continuation of live trackside music and drew a standing ovation from racing enthusiasts dining in the oncourse Champions Restaurant," according to Bankstown Paceway committeeman Andrew Ho. "Condell Park's eight hundred metre trotting track, under the ribbon of light, bore witness to stand out wins by seven year old bay gelding Matai Valour NZ, five year old brown gelding True Confessions, seven year old bay chestnut mare Gracie Taljuice, four year old black gelding The Jay Doug, six year old bay horse Goodlookin Rooster NZ, and six year old bay gelding Smoking Zak, ably driven by reinsman Jimmy Douglas," Mr Ho told Harnesslink. "Next Friday, November 22nd, will see the running of the 2019 Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup and the Mayor's Cup, as well as the presentation of the 2019 Bankstown Paceway Premiership Awards, at a star-studded gala race night," he said. "Bankstown Paceway's Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing then continues on Friday, December 6th (Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night), Friday, December 20th (Christmas Race Night) and Friday, December 27th, 2019 (Holiday Race Night) - and we look forward to welcoming the harness racing community and all of their families and friends back on track," Mr Ho added.   Harnesslink Media

"The night before of the world's richest horse race is run in Sydney, the flutter of spring racing comes home to Condell Park's very own Bankstown Paceway next Friday, October 18th, 2019, with the start of Canterbury Bankstown's Spring Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing," Bankstown Paceway president David Rosen announced today.   "Race goers will be treated to an avid array of culinary delights and children's activities in a family friendly environment amid all of the on track action that makes our race club renowned for what it is," Mr Rosen told Harnesslink. "Meanwhile, in the spirit of cooperation between all three racing codes - gallops, trots and dogs, I am very pleased to announce that we will also be live streaming coverage of Sydney's very own Million Dollar Chase on multiple screens across our racecourse so that greyhound racing fans can enjoy the thunderous clap of every paw right here at Bankstown without all dramas of Sydney's inner city traffic," Mr Rosen said. "Bankstown Paceway's Spring Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing then continues on Friday, November 8th, followed by Friday, November 22nd (Schweppes Sydney Cup Heats), Friday, December 6th (Schweppes Sydney Cup), Friday, December 20th and Friday, December 27th, 2019 - and we look forward to welcoming racing fans from all three codes and all of their families and friends," Mr Rosen added.   Megan J. Lavender

"Exactly thirty years to the day (2 October 1989) that life-long Bankstown local Les Bentley formally joined the Bankstown Harness Racing and Agricultural Society as a member, a grateful and tearful crowd of hundreds of Bankstown Paceway members, racing industry enthusiasts, family and friends packed out Condell Park's Phil Lopez OBE Grandstand to mourn a man whose dedication and service to industry and community are without parallel," incoming Bankstown Paceway president David Rosen has said. "A passionate punter and race horse owner, Bankstown Paceway's longest ever serving president joined the Society's committee in 2002, and, following a stint as Treasurer, was elected President of the Society in 2003 - the office he would hold up until his sad passing on Friday, September 20th. He was 71," Mr Rosen told Harnesslink. "It is impossible to describe in words the enormity of the legacy of Les' sixteen years as Bankstown Paceway president - not to mention his past service as Harness Racing Clubs Committee chairman and a Harness Racing NSW board member - and his abundance of achievements for our industry and the local community are simply too numerous to list," Mr Rosen said. "Bankstown Paceway was Les Bentley's magnum opus. He lived, breathed and slept with Bankstown Paceway in mind. He contributed all of his efforts, energies and endeavours to our race club and we are in the position in which we are today as the undeniable result of his own blood, toil, tears and sweat," he said. "Despite being diagnosed with a serious illness earlier in the year, Les continued to carry out his duties with the same dedication and zeal that he had for the previous sixteen years. "Les is survived by his partner, Sue, who was never far from his side at our race track, his children, Shane, Chad, Troy, Glenn and Tana, their partners and his beloved grandchildren and great grandchild, to whom Bankstown Paceway and all of our members extend their heartfelt sympathy. "In due course, the Bankstown Paceway committee will meet to consider options for a fitting and permanent memorial tribute to recognise and acknowledge Les' long lasting contribution to the Canterbury Bankstown community, our Society and members, the harness racing industry, and each and every one of the people that he touched in his lifetime with his generosity of spirit," Mr Rosen added.   Megan J. Lavender

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

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