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In-form harness racing mare Starzzz Of Icon has earned herself a trip south. Connections of the speedy mare are heading to Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night following back to back victories at Albion Park in recent weeks. Prepared by Melissa Gillies and her husband Keith, Starzzz Of Icon will take her place in the American Night June 3 Ladyship Pace over the 1609m where she will start from gate 7. Leading reinsman David Morris take the drive replacing regular driver Trent Dawson, Melissa’s brother. But he feels confident the mare can maintain her excellent form. “After going back to back I think she has proven that she is capable of matching it down there, her biggest asset is her gate speed so that should hold her in good shape.” Dawson said. Since being purchased from Victoria, Starzzz Of Icon has proven to be a great money-spinner with the promise of plenty more to come. Boasting 5 victories from 14 starts at Albion Park, the Four Starzzz Shark has now broken through the $100,000 barrier in career earnings. “She’s a beautiful mare to drive and that gate speed is a weapon, both Melissa and Keith have done an excellent job with the mare and she’s still on the way up although it’s getting a little harder now. “She profiles well for Menangle because of her gate speed, they took Beaver down there for his ‘MO’ and his racing pattern is the complete opposite of this mare so I’m expecting this mare to perform well. In the end, Beaver won at Menangle so that’s a positive reminder that this mare can do the same with luck. “Last week, we really had to burn off the gate before handing over and she finished off really via the sprintlane, I thought there was plenty of merit in that performance. After scanning the field this weekend, there are a number of horses with good form but hopefully she can get a piece of it.” Work commitments have restricted Dawson heading south to partner the mare again this weekend. The mare is scheduled to leave today (Thursday). Starzzz Of Icon is raced by Melissa & Keith Gillies, Jack Carmichael, Jason & Ivan Neuendorff, Renee Tomac, Chris Bassingthwaighthe plus Scott & Tyler Davis. Chris Barsby

Harness racing driver David Morris is looking forward to welcoming back My General Lee on Australia Day in the group three Goulburn Cup. The talented five-year-old pacer has not raced since finishing second in the Breeders Crown last season behind Hectorjayjay but has had two recent trials to prepare him for Tuesday's feature event. My General Lee will start from the inside of the second row in the $31,800 event and will need to perform strongly to defeat the quality opposition headed by Inter Dominion finalist Blazin N Cullen, Teo Enteo and Pachacuti. "It's not an ideal draw in a race where there is so much depth, My General Lee does have very good speed when saved up for one sprint therefore I think he is entitled to be considered a winning chance," Morris said. "I've spoken with connections about the barrier draw and they are very keen for me to come off the fence as early as possible so that will be the plan as soon as the starter lets the field go." Morris confirmed there was a great deal of improvement between the gelding's first and second trials and expects him to be even fitter on Tuesday afternoon. "His first trial was against Beautide and although the opposition was very strong I thought he was a bit disappointing because he struggled to the line but on reflection he obviously needed the run. "We sat behind Bettor Bet Black in his second trial and followed him before coming to the outside in the straight, he only beat us home by about a neck and the times were a lot better." My General Lee was expected to have another trial at Menangle on Friday afternoon as a final hit-out before Tuesday's race however the trials were called off and the son of Art Major hoppled on Saturday morning instead. "His work was really strong on Saturday morning, it was exactly what you want to see a few days out before a race and he felt spot on. "I haven't really discussed with Daniel Neagoe and the owners what the long term goal with him is but he is assessed M4 so wherever he goes he has to take on the better horses." Morris drove at Menangle on Friday afternoon and Saturday night and will drive to Junee to compete in an invitational drivers' series on Sunday. "It was nice to be invited to take part in the series, Ash Hart played a big part in me being asked to take part in it. "I won't get home until late on Sunday night and I've got to be up early to work horses on Monday morning but I'm sure it will be worth the trip." Greg Hayes

Not every harness racing driver can lay claim to winning a race at the first meeting they compete at but 20-year old Stephanie Lippiatt celebrated the achievement when she scored on Flying Cameron for trainer Noel Morris at Penrith last week. Stephanie's long term partner David Morris is a successful driver and it was through their relationship that she became involved in the sport. "My parents bred heavy horses when I was younger so I grew up around horses, just not harness horses but I was quickly introduced to them when David and I started going out," Stephanie said. "It is quite funny because when I first started jogging a few for David I hated how the rocks keep getting kicked back in my face and I told him that I would never drive another horse." After working for several different stables, Stephanie decided she would like to get a licence to drive in races and went about driving in trials however was forced to take a break from driving after discovering she was pregnant. "When David and I found out that I was pregnant I think I had only eight or nine trials left so I had to put it on the backburner for a while but I think I was back driving in trials two weeks after I had Riley so I was still very keen. "It didn't take me long to complete the rest of my trials and then I finally got the chance to compete last Thursday night in two different races." Stephanie drove Battling Boy in race five and Flying Cameron in the seventh event. "Battlin Boy was my first drive and I was really happy with his effort to finish fourth, I got him off the arm well and he was able to lead so I was pretty happy for him to finish so close to them. "I wasn't expecting Flying Cameron to win but I did think he was a pretty good chance and when he won I was ecstatic, my whip went a little bit crazy too." After driving her first winner Stephanie is keen to get back out on the track soon. "I want to prove to myself that my first couple of drives weren't a fluke and I think I'll have a couple of drives at Penrith again next week. The victory was an early 21st present for Stephanie as she is due to celebrate her birthday this weekend. "After the win I went up to Mudgee and spent some time with my parents, they only recently moved up that way from Badgerys Creek." Greg Hayes

Harness racings big day at Menangle yesterday was full of firsts for a lot of drivers and trainers involved. Kerry Ann Turner claimed her first Group 1 when Lettucerockthem was way too good in the four year old colts and geldings division of the $100,000 Breeders Challenge Finals after a great drive in front by her partner Robbie Morris. Not long after that was the sight of Luda getting home in the $100,000 four year old mares final for her young trainer Daniel Neagoe and her equally young driver David Morris. It was the first Group 1 victory for both the trainer and driver and showed both have the talent to make it at the highest level. Mark Purdon stamped his mark on the days proceedings by winning three of the six Group 1 features on offer and continued the great run the stable is having in both Sydney and Brisbane during their winter campaign. As usual Greg Hayes got around to interview a lot of the drivers and trainers and owners and we include those videos here. Harnesslink Media  

IT doesn't get any better than winning your first Group One on a big day's harness racing. So it was a day to savour for both leading trainer Kerry Ann Turner and young reinsman David Morris at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. Turner won the NSW Breeders Challenge four-year-old entires and geldings final with Lettucerockthem while a little over half an hour later Morris saluted when he led all the way to win with Luda, in the four-year-old mares' final, also giving rookie trainer Daniel Neagoe his first Group One. Turner arrived at Tabcorp Park Menangle today "expecting" and she left over the moon with her first Group One winner safely in the bank. Lettucerockthem became the first horse to win three Breeders Challenges in successive years when he cruised home with the $100,000 Four-Year-Old colts and geldings final. It has been a long-time coming because Turner lost a Group One at this very meeting three years ago when Blissful Guy (with Robbie Morris in the sulky) was first past the post but lost the race on protest to No Ah Saint. Turner, who will have her first child in a few months, was ecstatic when Lettucerockthem was sold recently and the new owners sent the son of Art Major to her Menangle stables to train. Her partner, Robert Morris did the rest, finding the front out of the gate from nine and cruising through the first half of his last mile in 60.3 seconds. That made it mathematically impossible for short-priced favourite My General Lee, who sat back in last place and had little chance of running them down. Turning for home Morris held all the aces and clicked up with a final split in 26.6s and a last half of 53.9 to win as he liked, beating Theartofconfusion (Todd McCarthy) by 16m and the fast-finishing My General Lee (David Morris) 23m away from the winner in third place. Luda (Christian Cullen) was just as impressive in the mares' final, holding off a wall of challengers in the straight to score in 1:58.5 mile rate. David Morris obviously learned from his defeat in the previous race as he quickly found the front from the widest gate, stacked up his rivals then held them all off in the run to the line. By Michael Court, Editor-In-Chief, National Trotguide

Twenty three year old harness racing reinsman David Morris has had a week he will never forget and it is not over yet. Morris's partner Stephanie presented him with a baby boy on Sunday night and with two good drives at Melton on Friday night and another three at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon he looks set to continue his celebrations in style. "I don't know how to explain what I am feeling, it is just unreal but to be there for the birth of Riley Anthony Morris was something very special," Morris said. "Steph was great through the whole labour and it lasted 28 hours, she was very tired initially but she is great now and we are both looking forward to getting Riley home for the first time." Morris was booked to drive in the final race at Menangle last Saturday night but left the track early to be with Stephanie after she went into labour. "Neither of us expected the labour to last 28 hours but it was definitely worth it in the end, he is just perfect." "I've spent a lot of time at the hospital with Steph and Riley since Sunday but I'm going to have to leave them for a day later in the week when I go to Melbourne to drive on Friday night." Morris has been booked to drive both of the Sloys' fillies in the Australian Pacing Gold semi finals and he believes they should make the final. "Hazels Girl was very good in her APG heat at Menangle, she felt like she did when she ran the Australasian two year old fillies record on debut." "Although that initial run knocked her around a bit, I think we just drove her upside down and back to front at Bathurst in the Gold Tiara heat, she likes to run along and we went back to those tactics last start." Hot Shot Woman is yet to win a race in her four start career but she has already been placed at Gr. 1 level after she finished second in the Gold Tiara at Bathurst. "Hot Shot Woman just keeps getting better and better all the time, I think she should have won her heat, she snuck through for fourth but she never got clear running." "The gap was only big enough room for her to squeeze through with 50 metres to go but after the line when there was enough room for the sulky she charged past the rest of the field, she is a nice filly that's for sure." At Menangle on Sunday Morris has been booked to drive Louboutin, Zenable and Im Alex. "I haven't had a good look at the fields for Menangle on Sunday just yet, I've had a few other things going on obviously but I'm looking forward to getting back to Sydney on Sunday to be a part of the big afternoon of racing." Greg Hayes

Suave Stuey Lombo became just the third pacer to break the magical 1-50 barrier at Menangle today when downing his more favoured stablemate Mach Beauty in a scintallating time of 1:49.6. The only other two horses that have achieved the feat are legendary Australian pacer Smoken Up, who has done it on two occasions, and this season's Victoria Cup winner For A Reason. Smoken Up still holds the Australasian mile record of 1-48.5 which was set in the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in 2011. But, although 1-50 miles are extremely rare at Menangle, the writing may well have been on the wall hours before when trainer Shane Tritton advised NSW stewards that Suave Stuey Lombo would race 'further forward' today. That resulted in his stable runners racing on the speed, with Mach Beauty (Lauren Panella) in front and Suave Stuey Lombo (David Morris) parked out. Together the pair raced through quarters in 27.2, 28.3, and 26.9, however it was Suave Stuey Lombo who pulled out more in the final spit of 27.2 to wear the $1.20 favourite down and pull away for a 2.9 metre win. Suave Stuey Lombo, who is a six-year son of Bettor's Delight, has now won 26 of his 80 starrs with stakes well in excess of $A350,000. By Mitchell Robertson Suave Stuey Lombo  

Hunter Valley harness racing trainer Shane Tritton has confirmed he is aiming at least ten horses at the upcoming Queensland carnival including his stable stars Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo. Mach Beauty returned from a break at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night winning his first start since the 2014 Inter Dominion final in March but Tritton is hoping to get more runs 'under his belt' before heading north. "Ideally both Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo will have another two runs before heading to Queensland and I'm planning on leaving on July 1 but I guess it will all depend on what races stand up in the next couple of weeks," Tritton said. "Apart from those two, Yayas Hotspot, Light In Every Day, Im Supersonic, Aspiring Artist, Marty Monkhouser, Chance, Gliding Rose and Brave Wiggy are all going to make the trip too." Tritton has not ruled out taking other horses for midweek races in Brisbane. "The first ten are locked in and I'm thinking about taking some more up but we will just have to wait and see what happens. I will be staying at Stuart Hunter's property while I am away." While Lauren Panella is the stable's leading driver, Tritton is hoping David Morris will make the trip as well. "David will get the offer to come up, he has been doing a great job for me recently especially when Lauren was out but I guess it will depend on whether he has other commitments in Sydney at the time." Ardghal, another of Tritton's team will go to the paddock after his effort behind Mach Beauty on Saturday night when he finished last beaten more than twenty metres. "He has done a really good job for us but he raced like a tired horse on Saturday night and has gone for a spell. He arrived from New Zealand and competed in the Inter City Pace and six weeks later he raced in a heat of the Inter Dominion." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

A slashing front running performance by Mach Beauty on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle has seen the five year old's odds shorten with TAB.COM.AU to win this year's Inter Dominion Grand Final. Driven by David Morris, the son of Mach Three fired out at the start and proved too strong for the Belinda McCarthy trained For A Reason, the overall second favourite for the event. "It is half embarrassing the way he has to be driven and I think he proved that on Saturday night that it is definitely the best way to drive him," Tritton said. "He needs to go fast enough in the early stages to take the sting out of the sprinters at the finish, David Morris has been doing such a good job for the stable but unfortunately he has been suspended so Lauren (Panella) will be back aboard Mach Beauty this week." While the step up to 2400 metres is a query, Tritton expects Mach Beauty to be driven in the same aggressive manner. "The extra trip doesn't worry me, he isn't suited by sitting on the back of the leader because he likes to run along, if he qualified for the Inter Dominion final then we might reconsider our tactics over the 3000 metres but we have to get through the heats first." "I'm proud to have four horses in the heats, I thought Suave Stuey Lombo was ok the other night, he may have needed to be a bit closer to Mach Beauty in the run but I was happy with him." Tritton's other two runners are Ardghal and Brave Wiggy. "Brave Wiggy returned home from Melbourne on Monday, I just want to see how he pulls up from the trip, it was pretty hot but he looks to have handled it ok." "While I have been in Melbourne I have had great support from Ricky Hunt, my mum and all the team at home." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

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  

‘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

‘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  

‘The Condell Park Produce Trainers Incentive Bonus will return to Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, for the Bankstown City Council Cup Carnival of Harness Racing, which commences on United Nations International Youth Race Day, Monday, August 12th, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has said. ‘Standardbred horse trainers here at Condell Park and right across Australia have benefitted from thousands of dollars of free equine and saddlery products under Condell Park Produce Trainers Incentive Bonus, which began on The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant Race Day, Monday, November 5th, 2012, and which jackpots at each race meeting until won,’ Mr Bentley told Harnesslink. ‘The way it works is that a horse is randomly selected by stewards at each race meeting to make his or her trainer eligible to collect the amount in the prize pool if the horse wins,’ he said. ‘A trainer who wins the prize pool has an account established in their name which they can use to make purchases at Condell Park Produce – and existing customers who win have the value of the prize pool credited to their accounts,’ the president said. Condell Park Produce Trainers Incentive Bonus has so far been won three times this year: (1) on Schweppes Summer Carnival Race Day, Monday, January 14th, 2013, trainer-driver Laurence Dawson claimed the bonus for his win with five year old brown horse Oscar Lane, owned by Dennys Seymour, John Seymour, Douglas Leihn, Barry Coote and Somdet Prasanphot, in the Energy Australia Retired Staff Pace; and (2) on Chess Industries World Cup Gala Race Night, Saturday, March 2nd 2013, trainer Dean McDowell claimed the bonus for his win with five year old brown mare Princess Avatar, owned by Colin and Cheryl McDowell, and driven by David Morris, in the Chess Engineering Oceania Ladyship Cup; and (3) on Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night, Friday, May 31st, 2013, owner and trainer Lance Holbert claimed the bonus for his win with nine year old bay gelding Likeaplayboy, ridden by Mary Crosby, in the Second Allied Express Le Trot Monte – the southern hemisphere’s first genuine international saddle race for trotting horses. The Condell Park Produce Trainers Incentive Bonus recommences on United Nations International Youth Race Day, Monday, August 12th, 2013, at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown – with Race 1 set to start at 3.39 pm. The horse eligible for the trainers incentive bonus will be drawn in the Stewards Room immediately prior to the start of the race meeting.   by 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  

Unheralded outsider Denises Legacy joined an elite band of harness racing youngsters when she scored a shock win in tonight's (Saturday the 23rd February)$50,000 Allied Express Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

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