Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 14 of 14

Leading reinsman Blake Jones says harness racing drivers and trainers are chasing prizemoney wherever they can as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to the racing scene. Wagga's Riverina Paceway held its third meeting in the space of six days on Sunday night, with Jones guiding $3.10 favourite Legends Last to an all-the-way win in the Southern Central Engineering Pace (1740m). With Tasmania racing suspended for a few weeks, Jones said it's important to capitalise on chances in case NSW eventually follows suit. "It's a bit weird when you go down the street and no one's there, but for racing it's pretty normal at the moment," he said. "We're working the team and everything's going ahead, but you don't know when it's going to stop. We're just trying to make the most of it while we can. "It was good this week that we had a fair few meetings, you just don't know when they'll shut us down. "Tasmania's been shut down for a month and we don't know whether that will happen to us soon." Legends Last finished second to Roll A Dream at Wagga's Tuesday meeting before going one better six days later. "He's better suited when he can get to the front and the draw (from gate two) helped us get there," he said. "We copped some pressure early but got a breather around the second quarter, and I knew after we got that he'd be pretty hard to run down." Trevor Rutland's Ace In Our Pocket ($45.90) stormed home late from well back in the field to cause an upset in the TAB Odds and Evens Ladyship Pace (1740m). The race was thrown wide open when raging favourite Uroc Skinny Jeans ($1.30) ended its chances by galloping before the start. With plenty of speed on early in the opening race of the meeting, Rutland eased Ace In Our Pocket back in the field before coming over the top of the tiring leaders. "When the favourite galloped I thought about taking a slightly closer position, but when the others out wide attacked I decided to sit back and go to the fence," he said. "With horses like this you have to try for some luck. "There was a lot of pace early and they burned up front which opened up the chance for her to come home." It was Ace In Our Pocket's second win in her last three starts after also prevailing at Wagga in late February. "I thought she might have been running up to her limit in races after winning that," Rutland said. "The race suited tonight, she came off the pace and ran home. On these sort of horses you have to ride for luck." Rutland only keeps a handful of horses in work these days as wife Judith battles cancer. His grandson Reece is his right-hand man as he keeps involved in the industry "for a hobby". "I've only got a couple of average horses these days, and my grandson comes and helps me every now and then," he said. "We just race three or four for fun, to keep our finger in the pie." By Jon Tuxworth Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

Riverina harness racing driver Blake Jones had initially planned to spend the Easter long weekend attending a wedding, but after springing a surprise at the Bathurst Paceway his plans could change. Jones is now thinking about driving in the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Group 1 Gold Tiara final on Saturday night. In the heats for the two-year-old fillies series last Friday night, Jones surprised not only punters, but himself as well when he steered $57.70 outsider Writeaboutjess to victory. “I’m meant to be going to a mate’s wedding. I wasn’t over confident of making the final on any of them, so I’d RSVP’d and everything,” Jones said. “So I’ll be calling him … I think he’ll understand, he’s pretty good.” Trained at Jindera by Lyn Hancock, two-year-old Sportswriter filly Writeaboutjess had one prior start before heading to Bathurst. That race saw her break in the score up and she ended up tailing off on the final lap to finish last in a field of eight. That effort not only saw her at long odds for her 1,730 metres Gold Tiara heat, but given a barrier 10 draw. Still, Jones was happy enough to jump in the gig after being offered the drive. “I remember watching her first trial at Albury, I was pretty impressed with her and I thought they might have had a nice one. I got the phone call through the week to ask would I drive her because I was already down here to drive a couple of others,” he said. “I was quite happy to jump on.” Writeaboutjess’ rivals included the Michael Stanley trained and driven Desirable Stride, an impressive first-start winner who had drawn barrier one. She held $1.20 favouritism and Jones admitted he thought she would win. Stanley guided the favourite to the lead and after she peeled off a 27.7 seconds third sectional and opened up a lead of some 10m, Jones’ hopes of victory faded even further. But into the home straight the favourite tired and Writeaboutjess swooped down the outside to pinch victory by a short half head. “As soon as the fields came out, in all honesty I didn’t think anything would beat the favourite given the way it went first up in Victoria. I thought we were just running for placings then,” Jones said. “Even when I pulled out I thought it was a bit far ahead to catch, I thought maybe we could run into a place, but it was surprising we got there. “She was a bit sort of funny early, she is still learning a bit, she’d only had the one race start. But once she settled in on the horse’s back, she drove pretty good after that. “I didn’t think I was going to get there, then right on the line I thought I might have got in.” By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Central Western Daily  

Coleambally reinsman Blake Jones hopes a late pick up drive can add to a big night at Wagga on Tuesday. The leading Riverina driver has nine drives on Wagga’s bumper 10-race card. Harness Racing NSW has him on five favourites but Jones says he will be happy to come away with a couple of wins. “At the moment, I’d be happy with one,” Jones said with a laugh. “I thought I could get one but then I picked up the drive on Heart Of Cooper and it’s not a bad chance either. “A couple would be nice.” Temora’s Steve Pike bred and owns promising two-year-old Heart Of Cooper, who finished second behind Major Roll in the $40,000 MIA Breeders Plate at Leeton in January. The son of Sportswriter has three starts to his name for three minor placings. He has drawn the outside of the front row for the Wayne Milgate Videos 2YO Pace (1755m), the last race at Wagga on Tuesday night. “He’s a pretty nice horse,” Jones said. “He was meant to go to Bathurst but there was a mix up and it might be a blessing because this looks a winnable race and then he can pick up his bonus. “He ran second to Major Roll in the heat and final of the Plate, and then went to Young and ran third behind a couple of not bad ones. Both of them went to Bathurst and went well so it’s not bad form.” Jones does not plan to send Heart Of Cooper spearing out of the gate. “I’d say I’ll let him settle and see what happens,” he said. “Darren Hancock’s horse (Hellofalass) has had one trial at Menangle and didn’t go overly well but it’s hard to measure up. Wayne Sullivan’s horses (Cee Cee Ambro) are always well educated and have a bit of speed so I’d say he will end up leading.” Jones rates his best chance as the Ellen Bartley-trained Prince Potter in the Ron Crouch Transport 3YO Pace (2165m). “He trialled at Wagga last week and went pretty good,” he said. “He’s a little bit one-paced but if he can get to the front then he should roll along and take a fair bit of catching. “I thought that was my best of the night originally.” For every winner Jones drives in March, he raises about $750 for mental health charity Good Talk. His five winners already have raised more than $3000. He hopes he can add to that tally before the end of the month, at Wagga on Tuesday night and potentially West Wyalong and Bathurst on Saturday. Matt Malone Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

Harness racing trainer Shane Hillier and driver Blake Jones each took home two of the awards at the Wagga and Southwest & Riverina presentation evening on Saturday. Hillier and Jones claimed the trainer and driver of the year titles at both Wagga and in the Riverina last season. Talented young driver Cameron Hart took home the Junior Driver of the Year award in a season where he also represented the region at the NSW Rising Stars Series. Breeders Challenge regional final winner Killara Hustler was judged the region’s best performed pacer with four wins from six starts, while Leeton Breeders Plate winner Our Mach Jack was the top juvenile. Killara Hustler’s owner and trainer-driver Damien McKelvie bred the promising pacer, but was unable to be in attendance due to an overseas wedding. His father Brian said Killara Hustler would remain in training for a few more starts this preparation. Our Mach Jack added his name to the honour roll of the Leeton Breeders Plate and was able to win three times from eight starts for trainer-driver Ray Walker, his wife Jane and fellow owner John New. Wagga’s Pacer of the Year title went down to the wire with Halle Maruia finishing second at the final meeting of the season to edge out Jessica Amber. Halle Maruia raced 10 times at Wagga for three wins, four seconds and three thirds for owners John, Sandy and Des Klemke of Henty. The mare is trained by Hellen Scott at Albury and was able to race at a high level of consistency at Wagga after being off the racing scene for 12 months. Some 125 guests attended the night where naming rights to the feature races at Wagga this season were announced. The final two feature races came down to the last draw between father and son Paul and Jared Kahlefeldt with their respective businesses – Baylis Grind and Workout. Baylis Grind will sponsor the Wagga Cup, Workout the Wagga Derby and Caltex On Fernleigh the Wagga Oaks on Saturday night, March 3. by Graeme White

A $4000 purchase price resulted in a Group 2 win when Shes Sporty took out an Alabar Breeders Challenge Blue Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Winning the two-year-old fillies’ edition, Shes Sporty climbed to Group success in just 10 starts. The daughter of Sportswriter and the former ‘Race-A-Pacer’ mare Alyceforall was bred at Brooklyn Lodge and purchased by Kylie Kennedy at the Bathurst Gold Yearling Sale last year. In her succinct racing career she has already won three races and placed on two occasions, earning $42,180 in prizemoney along the way. And in her most recent success, secured a personal best winning mile rate of 1:55.3 giving reinsman Blake Jones a significant milestone too. “It was my biggest win,” Jones said. “She is a bit of a handful to drive but she’s been a lot better lately and she’s starting to figure out what it is all about.” This provided Jones his 77th winner for the season his 427 winner overall. Shes Sporty is trained by David Kennedy and provided the Narrandera mentor with his 475th winner. Amanda Rando  

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today concluded inquiries into reports from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in pre-race blood samples taken from the following horses at the Dubbo harness meeting on Sunday 25 May 2014. EAGLES ACE (Mr D Kenna)-  from race 3, the Peter Lew Memorial 3yo Pacing Cup (2120 metres); KENNEDY CREEK (Mr B Jones) – from race 7, the Karloo Mick Gratuity Pacing Cup (2525 metres). The “B” samples for EAGLES ACE and KENNEDY CREEK have been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Both trainers, Mr Kenna and Mr Jones, pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190, for presenting their respective horses to race not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Kenna and Mr Jones were disqualified for a period of 2 years to commence from 28 May 2014, the date upon which they were stood down. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance and the levels detected. In addition, Stewards were mindful of the guilty pleas entered and personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, EAGLES ACE and KENNEDY CREEK were disqualified from their respective races. Harness Racing New South Wales

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today acting under the provisions of Rule 183 has suspended the licenses of both Mr Blake JONES and Mr Drew KENNA effective immediately after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in pre race blood samples taken from their respective horses at the Dubbo harness meeting on Sunday 25 May 2014.  EAGLES ACE (Mr D Kenna)-  from race 3, the Peter Lew Memorial 3yo Pacing Cup (2120 metres);  KENNEDY CREEK (Mr B Jones) – from race 7, the Karloo Mick Gratuity Pacing Cup (2525 metres).  The “B” sample for EAGLES ACE has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. The “B” sample for KENNEDY CREEK has been delivered to RASL and is awaiting confirmation.  Inquiries into both of these findings are set for Monday, 2 June 2014, commencing at 1pm and 3pm respectively. Harness Racing New South Wales

West Wyalong will host its Carnival Of Cups meeting this Sunday afternoon and with several feature races set down for decision a great day of harness racing is ensured. The club will run the $12,000 West Wyalong Pacers Cup with a $9,000 three year old race while the C0 pacers will compete in an $8,000 final after qualifying in heats last weekend. Lombo Madam Lashe was impressive winning her heat on Saturday and trainer Blake Jones expects her to be hard to beat in the final. "She went really good, she probably just needed those two runs back from a spell to get her fully fit after having a long time off, but I was very happy with her performance and she won easily," Jones said. "After she competed in the Vicbred final last season she ended up developing a stress fracture in her hip so she needed some time to get over that but she has been working up nicely, she's still not the soundest of mares but she should be able to punch through the grades." Kennedy Creek will have his first run back in the West Wyalong Cup and although he hasn't raced since June last year, Jones is hoping for a strong performance. "The owner worked up Kennedy Creek and sent him to me about six weeks ago and I have been looking for a race for him for about the last three or four weeks but Sunday's race looks a pretty good starting point for him." "He has had three trials to prepare him for this campaign and he has been working really well so I think he will run a good race first up." Jones is working a team of nine horses currently which according to him is the perfect number. "It's pretty full-on with the nine in work so I'm happy with the size of the stable at the moment, I don't think I would want anymore." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales |                

It was Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup night at Frank Ryan Raceway situated on the banks of the Campaspe River on Friday March 21, with a large crowd in attendance to witness harness racing on the tight 804 metre circuit. A massive ten event card was programmed keeping those on track active all throughout the evening in anticipation of the feature event scheduled as race number eight. The Cup itself, a $25,390 standing start race (Discretionary Handicapped) for M0 or better class horses over 2530 metres was taken out by the in-form Philip Nott bred and raced seven year old Village Jasper / Any Danger gelding Arber. Trained at Anakie by Tim Bolitho who should take plenty of accolades for the marvellous job he has done with the horse since joining the stable, Arber driven by Greg Sugars was quickly away from a lone 10 metre handicap, with Sugars wasting no time in sending him forward to park outside the favourite Jadahson which crossed the old timer Baltic Eagle after travelling a couple of hundred metres. Gavin Lang urged Riverboat Jasper (one/three) forward mid-race to shadow the leader giving Arber the cover he was looking for and nothing changed until the bell when Kerryn Manning angled Narra Operative three wide from near last to commence a run. Arber was eased three wide in the back straight on the final occasion and quickly joined Jadahson prior to the home turn. Finishing brilliantly, Arber had 1.2 metres to spare on the wire to defeat Jadahson in a rate of 2-02.2 (last half 58.9 – quarter 29.9), with the Riverina visitor Itcan Happen using the sprint lane from five back the markers after a slow beginning third. It was Arber’s third country cup for the season, having already captured both the Stawell and Wangaratta features. Seven year old Sierra Kosmos / Panbrake gelding Tsonga was a tough victor of the $12,390 J A Connelly Crystal Bucket for T5 or better class trotters (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2530 metres. Trained at Bolinda by Paul Males and driven by Shepparton based David Moran, Tsonga stepped cleanly from a 30 metre backmark on this occasion to tack on to the field, with Gazoline showing his customary slick beginning tolead from barrier four. With the speed nothing to write home about, Nathan Jack sent the favourite Theywannacallmesue forward through the middle stages to join the leader, with Tsonga also being sent forward with a lap and a half to travel. Trapped on a limb three wide for the remainder of the journey, Tsonga showed tremendous courage to join the leaders on straightening a forge clear to score by 5.4 metres in a mile rate of 2-06 over Wildenstein (three back the markers – one/one home turn), with Gazoline holding down third. A former smart juvenile, Tsonga had recorded 14 wins and 24 placings from 76 race appearances. Narrandera trainer/driver Blake Jones a regular visitor to the Victorian scene, took the honours for the night with a stable double – Rustys Reject taking the Kevin Phillips Pace for C4 to C6 class and Bryce Cooper the 3rd Heat of the George Croxford Tribute for Three Year Olds. Videos are attached Len Baker Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

The Gunbower Harness Racing Club held a compact eight event meeting at Echuca on Tuesday December 17. Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore combined with Bendigo based Scott Dyer to land the opening race on the program - the Gunbower Electrical 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Sutter Hanover/Grace Anatomy gelding Sutter Man. Beginning best from gate two, Sutter Man led throughout to score by a half neck in a rate of 2-01.2 from Glen Alpine Drive along the sprint lane after trailing from gate three, with Billy Mack third after following the pair. Orrvale trainer Steven Duffy's quality McArdle/Nuclearaccelerator four year old gelding Almost El Eagle notched up his 13th victory in 30 outings, when victorious in the Northern Herd Development Pace Final for C1 class over 1755 metres which qualified in the heats held at the Wangaratta fixture at Shepparton on December 8. Driven once again by Greg Sugars, Almost El Eagle from inside the second row was given a sweet passage trailing the well support pole line leader Khaleesi, before using the sprint lane to gain the day by 5.2 metres in advance of Sicilian Slumber (one/two) and Forever Arma which raced in the open. The mile rate 1-59. Campbells Forest husband and wife Greg and Julie Ryan were successful with 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Princess Kiara gelding Bronco Apache in the James Godden Designer Tanks Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres in a rate of 2-02.4. Bred by the pair and driven by Nathan Jack, Bronco Apache was trapped four wide from outside the front line as the starter released the field, with Jack angling to be three back in the moving line as In Jet Spirit retained the front running from the pole. Not happy with the tempo, Bronco Apache was sent forward to park outside the leader racing for the bell, allowing Jack to dictate the terms for the final circuit. Surging clear prior to the home turn, Bronco Apache won as he pleased, cruising to the wire 8.7 metres clear of Direct Art along the sprint lane off the back of the leader, with Warrior Mac (one/one last lap) third. Narrandera's Shaun Snudden loves coming to Echuca and has a pretty good record on the track, adding another winner to his tally there when tough 4-Y-0 On The Attack/Dainty Lea gelding Brown Rice snared the Mawsons Pace Final for C0 class over 2160 metres which qualified at the Wangaratta meeting. Driven by the stable's Paul Diebert, Brown Rice after starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with the almost unbackable favourite Major Meggs leading from the pole. Set alight mid-field to park outside the pacemaker, Brown Rice was able to drop to the back of Major Meggs approaching the home turn as Scott Stewart kicked away. Asked for a supreme effort on straightening, Brown Rice showed a "never give in" attitude to wear down the leader and score by a half head in a rate of 2-00.7, with Miss Tanami running on late from the rear to finish third 17.3 metres away. Jot down the name Amanda Turnbull as a reinsperson to follow as she is likely to be based in Victoria after joining a partnership with Nathan Jack. Amanda was successful aboard Marong trainer Trevor Patching's 8-Y-0 Safely Kept/Westmoor Elegance gelding Sherpa Star in the Joe Newitt's Service Centre Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres. Breaking his duck at start number eleven at the last Echuca meeting, Sherpa Star from the pole repeated the dose on this occasion after a cosy trip three back the markers from the pole as Lerrad Maharg led out before handing over to the heavily supported Mrs Devine a former NSW mare having her first outing in Victoria for Dylan Marshall. Extricated into the clear on the home turn, Sherpa Star finished strongly to defeat Goldiedomic (one/one at bell) through the centre by a half head in 2-00.3, with Look At Russo close up in third place after racing in the open from the bell. Nyah trainer Malcolm O'Bree is no stranger to Echuca meetings and landed the Steve Oliver Plumbing & Gas Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres with Cashisking, a five year old gelded son of Falcon Seelster and Better Motoring who has done most of his racing north of the border. Taking a concession for Melton based Zac Phillips, Cashisking led throughout from gate two, accounting for Hezfullarunning which shadowed him throughout. Border Patrol finished third off a three wide trail last lap. The mile rate 2-04.2. Yanco trainer Kim Hillier was successful with 4-Y-0 Dream Away/InThe Corner gelding Street Meets in the Brian & Lyn Wills Santa Claus Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres. Beginning on equal terms with both Double Happy and Gangster Boy inside him, Street Meets was eased to take a one/one trail on the back of Gangster Boy. Becoming pocketed at the bell as the favourite Quadentate moved forward three wide, Blake Jones angled Street Meets into the clear three wide on the final bend and he ran on best to nose out a game Gangster Boy in a mile rate of 2-01.3. Life Of Ted used the sprint lane off the back of the leader to finish third a head away. Bet Bet (Swan Hill) breeder/part-owner/trainer Greg Fleming was in the winners stall at Echuca, when 4-Y-0 Totally Ruthless/Tiny Gigi gelding Oils Jay Bee broke his maiden status in the Gunbower Committee Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres. Driven by Ararat's Michael Bellman, Oils Jay Bee making his 15th race appearance began swiftly from outside the second line to lob one/one trailing Fiddlers Lane, with Kim Hillier's Reckless Valour burning away from outside the front row to lead. Sent forward three wide along the back straight on the final occasion, Oils Jay Bee proved too strong at the business end of proceedings to register a 15.9 metre margin over Kiss ToLive(one/two) and Say Cheese from last in a mile rate of 2-00.4. By Len Baker                                

The first TAB Carnival Of Cups meeting for the season will be run at Eugowra next Monday with the Canola Cup attracting the strongest field in the 15 year history of the race. The $20,000 C0 event has attracted horses from all parts of New South Wales and Victorian trainer Steve Duffy is hoping to upset the locals with his talented four year old pacer Almost El Eagle. "I took Almost El Eagle to Wagga late last season before the Breeders Crown and I was having a chat to David Druitt and he told me that if things worked out and the horse was still a C0 that the Canola Cup is a race that I should target," Duffy said. "After the Breeders Crown I was able to give him a week off and then I trained him out of a paddock for another week so it really freshened him up. He has come up pretty quickly and the run in the heats would have topped him off nicely for the final." Talented reinsman Blake Jones will retain the drive in the final after Sunday's heat victory. "Blake will drive him again, he did a good job and he said that the horse did it pretty comfortably in the heat, he has driven him twice for two wins, hopefully he can make it three from three." "I drove him a couple of times early on in his career but that was when he was a bit fizzy and could get fierce in the run but he is a more relaxed horse and much more tractable." Almost El Eagle is part owned by a group of people from the Shepparton East Football Club. "My two youngest sons used to play in the under 14's and under 17's for the club, they have since moved on but that's how I met the group." "There will probably be four of us cheering him on next Monday, the trip to Eugowra takes about five hours and forty minutes from my place and I did the trip up and back in the one day on Sunday and I will be doing the same for the final, the horse is a very good traveller and it doesn't knock him around." Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

The first feature night meeting of the season in the Riverina will be held at Wagga on Friday night as the countdown continues to the peak time of the racing year. Yirribee Stud race night has attracted seven races with $46,000 prizemoney and $20,000 in stallion bonuses on offer. The feature race is the Ian Walsh Memorial which honors the life of the former Wagga Harness Racing Club president who was also a former partner in Yirribee Stud. It's the biggest line-up of bonuses Yirribee has offered to five of its nine stallions. The winner of the Ian Walsh Memorial will not only receive the major share of $8000 prizemoney but a free service to former champion Mr Feelgood valued at close to $5000. Aqua Luvy is likely to start favorite for the Ian Walsh Memorial from barrier three representing in-form combination Jackson Painting and Blake Jones. Painting had four winners at the previous Wagga meeting and again has a strong hand. The field for the Million Dollar Cam Classic also has plenty of quality with last start Menangle winner Lucys Penny opposed to the talented Northern Line and in-form Scottish Glamour and Goforzoe. Yirribee has also put up services to former star pacers Lanercost ($2970) and Lombo Pocket Watch ($2200) and Little Brown Jug winner, Million Dollar Cam ($3300). Yirribee, which will stand a record nine stallions this season, has reported a strong response to its stallions particularly since the new bonuses for breeders was announced earlier this month. Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Wagga company Ausmet Roofing has won naming rights to next year's Wagga Pacers Cup following Saturday's night awards and sponsors function. Business owner Warwick Hay is a relatively new comer to harness racing and is a part-owner of consistent filly Grace Artois which is the first pacer he has raced. It's only the second year Ausmet Roofing has been involved in the sponsor's draw with the company to back the Cup on Saturday night, March 8. "It's a real surprise to win. I haven't been involved for too long so it's a bit of a shock," Hay said. The other feature races at the cup night meeting were taken out by Cottontail Winery & Restaurant (Wagga Derby) and Esec Systems (Wagga Oaks). Pat’s Tyres & More won naming rights to the inaugural Rising Stars 2yo, while Signs Plus will back the Christmas Cup on December 20. Meanwhile, the feature award on the night was taken out by champion filly Frith who was named the Riverina and Southwest pacer of the year for the second consecutive season. Frith won four Group 1 races and just under $500,000 prizemoney for the season beaten only once when second in 16 starts. Her trainer Bruce Harpley said it was a memorable season which would never be bettered. “The win in the Western Australia Oaks was something else then she kept it going to win her final race of the season in Victoria,” he said. Wagga owners Dennis and Jo Howe took home two awards courtesy of their Group One winning filly Distant Memory. The two-year-old was named Riverina juvenile of the year while the NWSW Owners Association award was also presented to them. Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden claimed his first Riverina premiership with close to 100 winners for the season and he also took home the Wagga trainer of the year title. His stable driver Paul Diebert was named the young driver of the year and also finished second in the Riverina premiership behind Blake Jones. For his part, Jones won two awards – the Riverina and Wagga premierships – after a record season with 69 winners alone in the Riverina. “I had close to 100 wins so it was a very good season,” Jones said. The Wagga pacer of the year was claimed by Cousin Dupreez who hardly missed a place and also finished second in the state-wide Carnival of Cups series. The local premierships were taken out by trainer Paul Kahlefeldt and reinsman Adam Jenkins. Leeton trainer Kim Hillier’s record breaking season won her the Special Achievement award. More than 120 guests attended the night where illusionist Jonas Jost kept the crowd entertained with his spectacular magic show. Harness Racing New South Wales

Wagga will host its final meeting of the 2012-13 season on Friday with a massive 12 race program. The premierships have been decided with Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden in front from Kim Hillier, while Blake Jones will finish ahead of Paul Diebert in the driver's title. Since resuming from a disqualification, Jackson Painting has figured strongly at Wagga and will finish third in both awards. The local trainer award will go to Paul Kahlefeldt, while Adam Jenkiins is the top local reinsman. The Wagga pacer of the year title has been won by Cousin Dupreez who hit the front earlier this month. The awards will be presented at the Wagga RSL Club on Saturday night, September 7. Champion filly Frith will also be recognised with her second consecutive Southwest and Riverina pacer of the year award, while Distant Memory was the leading juvenile performer. World class magician Jonas Jost will perform his amazing show at the sponsors and awards evening. The announcement of the successful tenders for services to Empire Stallion pair Blissful Hall and Village Jolt will also be announced. Tenders will close next Friday. PREMIERSHIPS Trainers Shaun Snudden 162 Kim Hillier 125 Jackson Painting 104 Paul Kahlefeldt 100 Michael Hardy 41 Drivers Blake Jones 159 Paul Diebert 131 Jackson Painting114 Adam Jenkins 76 Michael Hardy 41 Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

1 to 14 of 14