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The weather was stifling, and so were the times at the third annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, last Sunday. A crowd of 500 or so people sweltered in 38 degree heat to see 45 youngsters trial then go under the hammer. The top price, at $115,000, was a New Zealand-bred Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Russian Rocket, offered by Christchurch-based horseman, Greg Payne, and bought by veteran Victorian enthusiast, Jack Knight, to join the astute Wayne Potter stable. The filly electrified the crowd with her half mile trial with splits of 28.1s and 27.6s, never flinching. Knight and Potter also signed for a $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt from More Sassie Lombo, which was offered by Young-based studmaster, Ken Smith, and which finished off with a solid 27.8s on the back of a 31s first quarter. Alliex Express' father-and-son team of Colin and Dean McDowell bought two youngsters - a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from Scoots Away for $30,000, and $36,000 for another Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Glowable. Industry virtual newcomer Brad Canty, whose background is in the greyhound industry, was active with four purchases, three for Brisbane's Mat Neilson and another for local horseman Blake Fitzpatrick, who is training a New Zealand-bred, the only Bettors Delight progeny in the sale, a filly from Beaudiene Bianca, which brought $44,000. Neilson took home a $9000 colt by The Globe from Just Sweet, a $30,000 Real Desire colt from My Spirit Of Tara and a Sportswriter-Tycoon Tess gelding for $13,000. Experienced Riverina-based horseman, Steve Harris, brought two colts, which sold well: a Sportswriter-Stylish Storm to Rob Davis for $44,000 and a Quick Approval half-brother to Majorlicious, which went to Doug Johnson for $32,000, while Trec Saverio paid $50,000 for a Victorian-bred Modern Art gelding from Soaring Franco. Veteran South Coast New South Wales identity Bill Green spent $30,000 on the half-brother to Jedi Mind, a colt by Live Or Die, to join Robbie Morris and Kerry Ann Turner, who also took home a striking syndicate-owned New Zealand-bred Santanna Blue Chip colt for $35,000 from Payne. The crowd included enthusiasts from as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria, with the likes of young Perth-based horsemen Ryan Bell and Kody Charles, north-western Tasmanian owner, Michael Filleul, Queensland trainers Daren Garrard, Darrel Graham and Mat Neilson and Victorians David Aiken, Michael Stanley and the father-and-son combination of Peter and Matt Craven. Local figures in the throng included Jarrod Alchin, Darren Binskin, Ron Cooper, Neil Day, Blake Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick, Damian Gallagher, Anton Golino, Darren McCall, John McCarthy, Luke McCarthy, Robbie Morris, Kerry Ann Turner, Steve Turnbull and Peter Walsh. The day proved a complete entertainment package, with a performance by singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and the Garrards Industry Day and Trade Fair. A small number of bought-back lots are still on the market, through the agency of Australian Standardbred Consultancy Pty Ltd, by contacting Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at kausbred@bigpond.net.au 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: nogrady@hrnsw.com.au| 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.            

‘One lucky racegoer at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track will take home with a diamond – as part of Bankstown Central’s Nader Jewellers “lucky door prize” race book competition – on the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night on Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has revealed to Harnesslink. ‘What’s more, the trainer of each winning race horse on the night will also go home with a uniquely crafted time piece from Nader Jewellers as part of the 30th birthday celebrations for Sydney’s Group 1 harness race,’ Ms Lavender said. ‘Meanwhile, in the ultimate fight for the family jewels, the harness racing dynasties of Bankstown and Bathurst have taken an early lead in Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership,’ she said. ‘With four race wins, three second placings and two thirds during the recent Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing, Bankstown’s Dean McDowell currently heads the table of trainers with twenty premiership points. ‘Also sitting on twenty premiership points is 2012/13 New South Wales state premiership winning trainer, Bathurst based Steve Turnbull, who claimed three race wins, five second placings and one third during the carnival at Bankstown Paceway. ‘Last season, standardbred horses trained by Mr Turnbull contested an astounding 1,158 harness races across New South Wales, where they won 199 races, placed second in 185 races, third in 146 races and fourth in 136 races – collecting $1,229,859 in stakes prizemoney. ‘In this season’s local premiership, Messrs McDowell and Turnbull are followed by 2011/12 Bankstown Paceway trainers premiership winner David Waite on eight points, 2012/13 trainers premiership winner Martin Herbert and legendary racing broadcaster John Tapp on six points each, and Richard Baverstock, Blake Fitzpatrick, Michael Kelly, Belinda McCarthy, Kerry Ann Turner and Joshua Willick all on three points each,’ Ms Lavender added. Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership continues during the Allied Express Summer Carnival of Harness Racing – and racecourse entry is free for all harness race meetings held at Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, during the following days of the carnival: a.. Monday 2 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – M. H. Treuer Memorial Prelude Race Day (Day Race Meeting); b.. SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2013 – Race 1 at 6.10 pm (Gates open at 5 pm) – 30TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP 1 M. H. TREUER MEMORIAL GALA RACE NIGHT (NIGHT RACE MEETING); c.. Monday 16 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – Christmas Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); d.. Friday 3 January 2014 – Race 1 at 2.04 pm – Elvis Birthday Race Day (Day Race Meeting); e.. Monday 3 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Year of the Horse New Year Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); and f.. Friday 28 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Cancer Council Relay for Life Race Day (Day Race Meeting). Bookings for race day lunch and race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111. Andrew Ho  

United Nations International Day of People with Disability   Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing club will mark the United Nations International Day of People with Disability (on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013) by partnering with Sylvanvale Disability Services and Civic Lifestyles to host the Inaugural Accessibility Art Exhibition, No Barriers, in the Phil Lopez OBE Grandstand on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 7th, 2013.   ‘United Nations International Day of People with Disability plays an important role in promoting the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of life – and Bankstown Paceway is elated to join with Sylvanvale Disability Services and Civic Lifestyles in commemorating the abilities and achievements of people with disability,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho told Harnesslink.   ‘The International Day of People with Disability provides an opportunity for each and every one of us to increase our awareness of disability and to reflect on the barriers to accessibility,’ Mr Ho said.   ‘No Barriers: The Inaugural Accessibility Art Exhibition at Bankstown Paceway is about all of us recognising and celebrating the achievements of people with disability in our community, continuing our mission to break down barriers for people with disability and opening the doors for an inclusive society through our shared passion for art and the sport of harness racing,’ Mr Ho added.   The Inaugural Accessibility Art Exhibition, No Barriers, will be held in the Phil Lopez OBE Grandstand, Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 7th, 2013, from 5.00 pm.  Entry is free.   A race night dinner at Bankstown Paceway featuring performances from the cast of The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant, hosted by Sylvanvale Disability Services and Civic Lifestyles, will also be held on the night.  Bookings can be made by calling 1300 843 564 or 1300 THE LOG.   Day and night racing returns to Bankstown Paceway   ‘Afternoon harness racing – as well as the spectacle of night racing under the ribbon of light – will return to Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway trotting track for the Allied Express Summer Carnival of Harness Racing which begins on Monday afternoon, December 2nd, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has told Harnesslink.   ‘This will be followed by the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, Sydney Christmas Cup on Monday, December 16th, 2013, Elvis Birthday Race Day on Friday, January 3rd, 2014, Year of the Horse Race Day on Monday, February 3rd, 2014, and Cancer Council Relay for Life Race Day on Friday, February 28th, 2014,’ Mr Ho said.   ‘Harness racing’s “King of Condell Park”, dual Bankstown Paceway annual drivers premiership winner Josh Willick, hopes to make it three years in row – taking an early lead in the 2013/14 season following his breathtaking five race wins during the Bankstown City Council Cup Carnival of Harness Racing,’ he said.   ‘The 2008 Grand Circuit race winning driver and the only Condell Park resident in a generation to personally claim the coveted Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial trophy (with Robin Hood) has been named “Driver of the Year” for the last two seasons – after defeating his Ellis Street neighbour, triple Group 1 race winning driver Lauren Panella.   ‘The Condell Park dad currently leads the 2013/14 drivers premiership on seventeen points from his five race wins and one placing.   ‘He is followed by last year’s state drivers premiership winner Amanda Turnbull on fourteen points from her two wins and four placings,  former Bankstown Paceway board member Glenn McElhinney on eleven points from his three wins and one placing, Colin McDowell and David Morris on eight points each, Steve Turnbull on six points, Jim Douglass, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robert Morris on five points each, and Kylie Barnes and Mat Rue on three points each,’ Mr Ho added.   Racecourse entry is free for all harness race meetings at Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, which will be held on the following days during the Allied Express Summer Carnival of Harness Racing: Monday 2 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – M. H. Treuer Memorial Prelude Race Day (Day Race Meeting); SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2013 – Race 1 at 6.10 pm (Gates open at 5 pm) – 30TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP 1 M. H. TREUER MEMORIAL GALA RACE NIGHT (NIGHT RACE MEETING); Monday 16 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – Christmas Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); Friday 3 January 2014 – Race 1 at 2.04 pm – Elvis Birthday Race Day (Day Race Meeting); Monday 3 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Year of the Horse New Year Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); and Friday 28 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Cancer Council Relay for Life Race Day (Day Race Meeting). Bookings for race day lunch and race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111.   By Megan J Lavender  

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

A Tale of Two Cities: Bankstown and Bathurst dynasties dominate trainers table ‘The harness racing dynasties of Bankstown and Bathurst have taken an early lead in Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. ‘With four race wins, three second placings and two thirds during the recent Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing, Bankstown’s Dean McDowell currently heads the table of trainers with twenty premiership points,’ Mr Bentley said. ‘Also sitting on twenty premiership points is 2012/13 New South Wales state premiership winning trainer, Bathurst based Steve Turnbull, who claimed three race wins, five second placings and one third during the carnival at Bankstown Paceway,’ he said. ‘Last year, standardbred horses trained by Mr Turnbull contested an astounding 1,158 harness races across New South Wales, where they won 199 races, placed second in 185 races, third in 146 races and fourth in 136 races – collecting $1,229,859 in stakes prizemoney,’ the president said. ‘In this year’s local premiership, Messrs McDowell and Turnbull are followed by 2011/12 Bankstown Paceway trainers premiership winner David Waite on eight points, 2012/13 trainers premiership winner Martin Herbert and legendary racing broadcaster John Tapp on six points each, and Richard Baverstock, Blake Fitzpatrick, Michael Kelly, Belinda McCarthy, Kerry Ann Turner and Joshua Willick all on three points each,’ Mr Bentley added. Megan J Lavender

‘Harness racing’s “King of Condell Park”, dual Bankstown Paceway annual drivers premiership winner Josh Willick, hopes to make it three years in row – taking an early lead in the 2013/14 season following his breathtaking five race wins during the Bankstown City Council Cup Carnival of Harness Racing,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. ‘The 2008 Grand Circuit race winning driver and the only Condell Park resident in a generation to personally claim the coveted Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial trophy (with Robin Hood) has been named “Driver of the Year” for the last two seasons – after defeating his Ellis Street neighbour, triple Group 1 race winning driver Lauren Panella,’ Mr Bentley said. ‘The Condell Park dad currently leads the 2013/14 drivers premiership on seventeen points from his five race wins and one placing,’ the president said. ‘He is followed by last year’s state drivers premiership winner Amanda Turnbull on fourteen points from her two wins and four placings, former Bankstown Paceway board member Glenn McElhinney on eleven points from his three wins and one placing, Colin McDowell and David Morris on eight points each, Steve Turnbull on six points, Jim Douglass, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robert Morris on five points each, and Kylie Barnes and Mat Rue on three points each,’ Mr Bentley added. Photo: The King of Condell Park, 2011/12 and 2012/13 Bankstown Paceway Driver of the Year Joshua Willick, claims victory in the Allied Express Pace with five year old brown gelding Ambush Prince for trainer Dean McDowell. Megan J. Lavender

Talented pacer Chariot King will return to Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night a week after resuming from a spell and trainer John Tapp is expecting an improved performance at his second run back. Chariot King looked set to finish second behind Suave Stuey Lombo turning for home but tired in the straight and finished fourth. "He blew the house down on Saturday night when he returned to the stables but he recovered quickly and I am expecting he will derive huge benefit from his first run back," Tapp said. "Blake (Fitzpatrick) said he thought he was going to run second on the turn as well but his condition gave out and he just weakened the last little bit, normally I would give him two trials before taking him to the races, I gave him three trials this time but I think he actually may have needed one more now that he getting older." Tapp confirmed driver Blake Fitzpatrick would be the regular reinsman for the son of Badlands Hanover this campaign. "I spoke with Blake about taking over the driving, he wasn't committed to a horse at the time and he indicated his availability." "Blake has actually been a part owner in the horse from the start of his career but he hasn't had the opportunity to drive him very often, it is quite bizarre that he has driven him so infrequently." The main target for Chariot King this campaign will be races like the Newcastle Mile with Tapp admitting it is going to be extremely difficult for the gelding to force his way into another Miracle Mile. "It is going to be a lot harder to get into the Miracle Mile, there will be no spare spots and with talented horses like Christen Me targeting the race it won't be easy." "Ideally I think a race like the Newcastle Mile would be the perfect target, Chariot King races very well at Newcastle and he wasn't far away in the Newcastle Mile earlier this year, he actually won his very first start at the track in 2009." Harness Racing New South Wales

‘Australia’s leading harness racing families will contest a “Grease is the Word” themed Drivers Invitational Pacing Event at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway this Friday night (23 August 2013) as part of the Bankstown City Cup Carnival of Harness Racing,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho announced this morning. ‘A literal who’s who of Australian harness racing’s oldest and most established families – representing well over 400 years of racing history – will contest the penalty free event for C1 to C3 class standardbred horses at the Condell Park trotting track this Friday night,’ Mr Ho said. ‘Thanks to the support of our carnival partners, Bankstown City Council and Allied Express, Bankstown Paceway is very pleased to announce today that the following reinsmen and reinswomen have accepted our invitations to take part in this unique equine event: Ross Adams, Seryn Adams, Blake Fitzpatrick, Gavin Fitzpatrick, David Morris, Robert Morris, Lauren Panella, Amanda Turnbull, Steve Turnbull and Joshua Willick,’ he said. ‘Nominations for equine participants in the event close at 11 am today,’ Mr Ho added. The Allied Express Grease Lightning Drivers Invitational Pacing Event will be held at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, August 23rd, 2013, as part of the Bankstown City Cup Carnival of Harness Racing. Gates open at 5.30 pm and the first race will commence at 6.30 pm. Racecourse entry is free. Andrew Ho  

‘Ancient Attica’s equine enthusiasts may have had Xenophon, North American bucking broncos may have Buck Brannaman – but, for Sydney’s standardbred species, there is Martin Herbert – with Condell Park’s answer to “the Horse Whisperer” to be inducted as the 2012/13 Bankstown Paceway Trainer of the Year next month (August 2013),’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has announced. ‘Ellis Street’s very own “Earl of Equitation” will received the 2012/13 Annual Sydney Trainers Premiership Award from His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Khal Asfour, at a star studded awards dinner on Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night, Friday, August 23rd, 2013,’ Mr Bentley told Harnesslink. ‘With fifty two premiership points from his ten race victories and thirteen placings for the year, Bankstown Paceway’s immediate past president becomes this season’s sultan of standardbred horse schooling – defeating Condell Park trainers Brett Cotterill and Dean McDowell on thirty three points each,’ the current president said. ‘They were followed by Kerry Ann Turner on twenty nine points, Blake Fitzpatrick on twenty eight points, George Stamiris on twenty seven points, Ian Wilson on twenty six points, Peter Rixon on twenty four points, Glen Lobb on twenty three points and last year’s winner, David Waite, on nineteen points,’ Mr Bentley added. Martin Herbert will be officially installed as the 2012/13 Sydney Trainer of the Year on Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night, Friday, August 23rd, 2013, at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown – with the first race set to start at 6.30 pm. Gates open at 5.30 pm and bookings for either the Mayoral VIP awards dinner ($80 per person) or Champions Restaurant buffet dinner ($40 per person) can be made by contacting Bankstown Paceway directly on telephone 02 9708 4111 or via email at racing@bankstownpaceway.com.au SYDNEY TRAINERS PREMIERSHIP 2012-2013 For the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 TRAINER 1STS 2NDS 3RDS TOTAL POINTS HERBERT, MARTIN 10 9 4 52 COTTERILL, BRETT 11 0 0 33 MCDOWELL, DEAN 9 2 2 33 TURNER, KERRY ANN 4 5 7 29 FITZPATRICK, BLAKE 7 3 1 28 STAMIRIS, GEORGE 4 6 3 27 WILSON, IAN 4 6 2 26 RIXON, PETER 3 6 3 24 LOBB, GLEN 6 2 1 23 WAITE, DAVID 4 2 3 19   Megan J. Lavender  

‘“King Joshua” may not be the name of the new royal baby, but Bankstown Paceway member and harness racing reinsman Josh Willick will be re-enthroned as the “King of Condell Park” after winning trotting’s very own game of thrones – the 2012/13 Annual Sydney Drivers Premiership – for the second consecutive year in a row,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has announced. ‘The 2008 Grand Circuit race winning driver and the only Condell Park horseman in a generation to personally claim the coveted Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial trophy will be crowned as the 2012/13 Sydney Driver of the Year at a star studded awards dinner on Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night, Friday, August 23rd, 2013,’ Mr Bentley told Harnesslink. ‘With seventy two premiership points from his fifteen race victories and sixteen placings for the year, the Ellis Street dad claimed the mantle of Sydney harness racing’s hegemon – defeating triple Group 1 race winner Lauren Panella on sixty five points from her fifteen wins and twelve placings,’ the president said. ‘They were followed by Bankstown born Blake Fitzpatrick and former Bankstown Paceway board member Glenn McElhinney both on forty nine points, Jim Douglas on forty four points, Robert Morris on forty points, David Morris on twenty nine points, Darren Binskin on twenty one points, and Amy Day and John Ogden both on nineteen points,’ Mr Bentley added. Joshua Willick will be officially installed as the 2012/13 Sydney Driver of the Year on Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night, Friday, August 23rd, 2013, at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown – with the first race set to start at 6.30 pm. Gates open at 5.30 pm and bookings for either the VIP awards dinner ($80 per person) or Champions Restaurant buffet dinner ($40 per person) can be made by contacting Bankstown Paceway directly on telephone 02 9708 4111 or via email at racing@bankstownpaceway.com.au SYDNEY DRIVERS PREMIERSHIP 2012-2013 For the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013   DRIVER 1STS 2NDS 3RDS TOTAL POINTS WILLICK, JOSH 15 11 5 72 PANELLA, LAUREN 15 8 4 65 FITZPATRICK, BLAKE 9 10 2 49 MCELHINNEY, GLENN 7 8 12 49 DOUGLASS, JIM 7 8 7 44 MORRIS, ROBERT 5 7 11 40 MORRIS, DAVID 7 3 2 29 BINSKIN, DARREN 4 3 3 21 DAY, AMY 4 3 1 19 OGDEN, JOHN 3 4 2 19  

Obahma Joy pulled off a last to first win when booming down the outside for harness racing trainer-driver Blake Fitzpatrick to claim Group One glory in the $100,000 Mister Big Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for the 4YO Mares.

The Kilmore Harness Racing Club meeting on Tuesday June 25 featured two heats of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series over 2180 metres for Two Year Old Trotters, one for each sex.

Talented filly Essaouira will remain in Queensland to compete in the Nursery series after finishing fifth in Saturday night's Australia Pacing Gold Final for the two year old fillies.

Two country clubs will host KS Black & Co Carnival Of Cup harness racing meetings this Thursday (April 25), Anzac Day, with big crowds expected at both Coolamon and Forbes. The two towns are only 235 kilometres apart but there has been no competition for horses with Coolamon running an all trotters day while Forbes will host seven pacing events.

The annual all trotters day at Coolamon on Anzac Day is another leg of the KS Black & Co Carnival Of Cups.

From winning a double at Palmerston North in October 2012 to record the first two wins of his career to seven starts later beating some of the best trotters in Australasia yesterday at Menangle in the $200,000 Group 1 Glenferrie Farm Challenge is the remarkable journey under taken by the former Morrinsville trotter Keystone Del ( Dr Ronerail).

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