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Local harness racing trainer-driver Gavin Blake kept the home flag flying at Wednesday's Echuca meeting, winning the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with Goldies Son.

Two meetings were conducted in Victoria on Wednesday April 28, with Bendigo holding the day fixture, while the Wangaratta Harness Racing Club raced at Echuca during the evening.

A great holiday crowd turned out to witness a great night's racing at Frank Ryan Raceway - Campaspe Park on Sunday April 4, featuring the Harcorp Trading Easter Cup for harness pacers and J A Connelly Crystal Bucket for trotters.

Andy Gath stuck to the "good things come to those who wait" philosophy with Renaissance Man. The reigning Victorian two-year-old male Harness Horse of the Year has started from horror barriers at his past two Group 1s, but Gath remained confident that the tide would eventually turn.

Victorian breeder Peter Provis who has bred dozens of harness racing winners over the years including the high quality mare Artificial and top juvenile Em Maguane, snared the quinella in the Alex McGregor Memorial Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres at Echuca on Tuesday February 9, with Kentucky Jasper (Village Jasper/Kentucky Kutie) defeating Cobargo Magic (What's Next/Cobargo Doll).

Rochester harness racing trainer-driver Shayne Eeles, who spent a long period of time working for Barry Purdon in Auckland, was successful with bonny filly Ballandella Baby in the Moama Bowling Club 3-Y-0 Pace over 2160 metres at his home track Echuca on Tueday February 9.

Mystical Warrior won't be at peak fitness for Sunday night's $25,000 Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup, but Undera harness racing trainer Glenn Freeman will give the gelding his chance to go a couple of spots better than last year.

D M Dillinger/Nic Kell Rose filly Bevstuanmarylu which created such a huge impression when winning by a 40 metre margin on debut at Maryborough back in May, returned to the harness racing scene at Echuca's traditional New Year's Night meeting last night to capture the Frank Ryan Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 2160 metres.

Echuca on the banks of the world famous Murray River, conducted a meeting on behalf of the Gunbower Harness Racing Club on Tuesday December 8, with keen racing the order of the night.

As usual, two meetings were conducted in Victoria on Thursday, with Geelong holding a day fixture and Echuca racing at night. Parwan's Craig Demmler was in the winners stall at Geelong, following the victory of 4-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Melody Rose entire Classical Musician in the Shelly Family Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres.

Locals were well to the fore at the Echuca harness racing fixture held on Wednesday September 16, winning every race on the eight event card. Tongala trainer/driver Neil Brady's prolific winning three year old Zen Over Again commenced his four year old season with a first-up victory in the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres.

Merrigum's Brett Bunfield landed the $5,000 Elite Horse Transport 3-Y-0 Pace Final at Shepparton on Wednesday August 19, for horses which qualified in the heats held at Echuca last week with Red River Hanover/Hyde Park Royal filly Kensington Gardens.

Barmah trainer/driver Trevor Gallaway was in the winners stall at his home track Echuca on Monday August 10, following the victory of 4-Y-0 Jet Laag/Aimey gelding Smokey Bob in the Ponder Pace for R0 class over 2160 metres.

The Victorian harness racing industry is mourning the passing of legendary administrator Frank Ryan. Ryan, who served as secretary of the Echuca Harness Racing Club for a record 50 years until his retirement in 2003, passed away last night (Sunday July 19) at the age of 80.

The Goulburn Valley area provided no less than half the program at the Echuca program on Thursday July 16. Doc Wilson was a winner, when 4-Y-0 Justanotherpoorboy/Flight Of Freedom entire Flash Of Freedom scored in the Moama Bowling Club Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2130 metres.

Victoria's Goulburn Valley has always provided a large percentage of winners over the years and on Wednesday May 6 at Echuca, the area supplied six of the eight winners on the card. Mooroopna trainer Vin Pearse's lightly raced 5-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Se Se Bye Bye gelding Byethelot chalked up his 3rd victory from five outings, when successful in the Tatura Vet Clinic Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres at Echuca on Wednesday.

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