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TO suggest that father and son training and driving duo Chris and Anthony Frisby have been enjoying the ride of their lives over the past few seasons would be an understatement. Starting with Brian Frisby, who has dabbled in the sport as a hobby trainer and owner for most of his life, it seemed inevitable that his son Chris would follow in his father’s footsteps. Not all that long ago, Chris wore the hobbyist tag, but with the backing of some very good owners he made a big decision to take his involvement to another level. And that decision has paid off in spades with Chris earning himself a reputation as being one of the best judges in selecting yearlings that go on to show their class on the racetrack. In recent seasons Chris and Anthony have scaled the heights with Inter Dominion placegetter Our Uncle Sam and top mare Major Occasion but the announcement this week that their filly, Jenden Strike was named New South Wales Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year has given the pair, and their owners Allan Stapley and Craig Lusby, one of their biggest thrills in the sport. Jenden Strike received 40 per cent of the votes after winning the Young Oaks, South East Oaks in Queensland, and the Western Districts Derby. “We are so proud of what Jenden Strike has achieved and hopefully as a four-year-old, she will be able to mix it with the open-class mares in the feature races,” said Chris Frisby. “It will be a huge step up for her, but she has proven that she is worthy of having a crack at those type of races.  “To say that she has exceeded our expectations would be an understatement, but we always knew that she had ability.  “We took her to Parkes to win at her first race start and she really went on with the job from there.  “I sometimes have to pinch myself when reflecting on how lucky I have been over the years.  “For a bloke who still considers himself as a hobby trainer, I have trained some nice horses, my first star being Dinky Di.  “And I have to say that after Saturday night, I think that I have another star in He Aint Fakin, who thrilled me with his win in the Simpson Memorial.”    HRNSW MEDIA | MICHAEL DUMESNY

IN a racing season like none other the 2019/20 term produced some record-breaking results but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the season was 16 months' long. Champion reinsman Luke McCarthy claimed the New South Wales Drivers’ Premiership with a record 232 wins, his best season to date. The same can be said for Craig Cross who won the New South Wales Trainers’ Premiership with 285 wins. Young driver Cameron Hart also had his best season to date in the sulky and his 161 winners in the state made him New South Wales’ Leading Junior Driver. In the trotting ranks, Blake Fitzpatrick was crowned the Leading Trotting Trainer while Robert Morris was the Leading Trotting Driver. The Centurions for 2019/20 were Luke McCarthy (232), Robert Morris (180), Cameron Hart (161), Tom Ison (152), Jack Trainor (141), Todd McCarthy (137), Amanda Turnbull (130), Blake Hughes (121), Blake Jones (112) and Jackson Painting (104). And the training Centurions were Craig Cross (285), KerryAnn Morris (189), Clayton Harmey (158), Bernie Hewitt (120) and Steve Turnbull (115). The Harness Racing New South Wales Board and Management would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Award winners.   HRNSW MEDIA

ALL the popularity for tonight’s time-honoured Simpson Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle rests with Tasty Delight.  The talented Group 1 winner is resuming from a three-month stint away from the races and after drawing barrier three was immediately listed as the $1.55 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.  The only other starter in tonight’s Group 2 that received early support is the Riverina-based Stravinsky, opening at $19 before firming into $15.  Stravinsky won first up from a spell at Albury on January 22, spacing his rivals by 26.7 metres and rating 1:58.7.  The Rickie Alchin-trained Watts Up Sunshine received late support opening at $6.50 into $5.50. As for Tasty Delight, the gelding has been nominated for last season’s New South Wales Two-Year-Old of the Year.  He won the Bathurst Gold Crown Final, the Sapling Stakes and his last start for the season was a second-placed effort to Bar Room Banta in the Group 1 Breeders Challenge Final.   iForm Menangle best bet Race 2: Aphorism (3) Stylish Bathurst victor midweek and looks the one to beat again. Menangle next best Race 4: Arma Naughty (5) Makes her presence felt showing noticeable improvement in recent weeks. Play the exotics The Menangle Quaddie Race 5: 3-2-7 Race 6: 7-6-5 Race 7: 8-3-7 Race 8: 9-8-5 $81 for 100%   HRNSW MEDIA

FORMER premier trainer Belinda McCarthy is back in the ‘hotseat’ at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight with 10 starters on the eight-race card. With last season’s premier trainer Craig Cross stepping down from the role, mainly due to his ongoing serious leg issues after being kicked by a horse, Belinda was happy to re-take the reins on the big team trained out of Cobbitty Lodge. In fact she admits she has been champing at the bit to get her team back after being kept busy looking after their stallions and fitting in stacks of bookings for mares. Of course, Belinda’s husband Luke is the No 1 driver for the team and besides those commitments finds himself in demand by outside stables whenever there is not one of his own stable’s runners. While the loss of the workaholic Cross from the team will be difficult, Belinda has an amazing strike rate as a trainer, with a win about one in every four starters, so the team will lose nothing with her taking over. Among her major wins as a trainer are the Miracle Mile (Baby Bling), Victoria Cup (For A Reason) as well as a string of other Group 1 successes. And she has certainly answered the call at the right time with the team going as well as it ever has. “I told everyone to be on their game as I want to keep up my strike rate,” she grinned. News that borders between New South Wales and Victoria are open will be music to the ears of Belinda and Luke who will head south with King Of Swing to tackle the $500,000 A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton on February 6. “We’re planning to go down there nice and early to make sure we have had our COVID-19 tests and are all clear to go,” she said. King Of Swing was one of three horses Belinda will take south of the border for the Grand Circuit event with Alta Orlando and Star Galleria also nominated. Despite the rave reviews that Lochinvar Art is now Australia’s best pacer, Belinda and Luke McCarthy would disagree. Belinda has declared ‘the King’ is going as well, if not better than last year when he stamped himself as a Miracle Mile winner and a champion. “We can’t wait for a crack at the big races as this horse just keeps going to another level,” she said.   HRNSW MEDIA | MICHAEL COURT

FREELANCE driver Jim Douglass has made a worthwhile career out of harness racing and his easy-going personality, matched with a strong work ethic, makes him a popular choice amongst trainers. Douglass gets good results as a reinsman and at the height of his career was a regular visitor to the winners’ circle at Harold Park. You do not have to go back far to find Douglass amongst the top-10 state drivers in New South Wales, in fact it was during the 2012/13 season, he finished seventh with 82 winners in the premiership race. In more recent times, however, Douglass has been content to head from his Castle Hill home to Theresa Park where he assists long-term associate, Ian Wilson with the training of his horses. Tonight, at Penrith, Douglass is turning back the clock a little as he has a very busy night with drives in six of the seven races on the program. “I have some really nice drives tonight and will be busy jumping from cart to cart,” said Douglass. “But I love nights like this, if you are going to be at the races, it makes it worthwhile to have a solid book. “Looking at the horses that I am driving tonight, I would say that Bettor Be Lucky (Race 3) is one that I would suggest has a good chance of winning.  “His numerical form does not read all that flash, but you have to consider that he has been racing in much stronger company at Menangle. “He has drawn awkwardly in barrier seven but if we get the breaks we need throughout the race, he will be steaming home, for sure.” Douglass also believes that Flying Pegasus (Race 4) is dropping in grade where he has not been disgraced and has drawn nicely in barrier two. “He has been going well in better grade and is an absolute opportunist,” he said. “If he gets the run to suit, he will be right in the finish.”  Most of Douglass’s drives have been kept safe in betting markets, which indicates that they are all capable of running a handy race. “On form the horses I am driving rate well so all in all, I think I can have a good night,” said the popular reinsman.  iForm Penrith best bet Race 7: Art Of Grange (5) Can make amends after going off stride in a winning position last start. Penrith next best Race 1: Notmuchuptop (7) Capable of testing the popular elects close up in better grade lately. Play the exotics The Penrith Quaddie Race 4: 3-5-1 Race 5: 1-4-7 Race 6: 3-8-7 Race 7: 5-8-3   HRNSW MEDIA

DESPITE growing up at Junee tonight will be the first time reinswoman Ashley Hart drives at that track.  Hart has been around the 800 metre circuit before with her mini trotters, however, never under race conditions as she relocated to Sydney early on in her driving career.  Hart is competing in the Invitational Drivers Series at the Carnival of Cups meeting and is the only female driver contesting in it.  “It’s a huge thrill to be selected to drive at my home track,” she said.  “I was born and bred in Junee and it’s good to come home and drive against some of the local drives and in front of the local crowd.”  Hart will be up against Riverina reinsmen including Bruce Harpley, Blake Jones, Peter McRae, Adam Richardson and James McPherson.  The ‘city’ drivers include Joshua Gallagher, Leonard Cain, Will Rixon and David Morris. After three heats, the driver with the most points will take out the series.  The Junee Cup (race five) is the main feature on the card.   iForm Junee best bet Race 2: Honor Bender (2) Will prove hard to beat following a tidy Goulburn effort on debut. Junee next best  Race 1: Cala Jane (9) Leading contender after a decent heat performance when resuming. Around the tracks Newcastle best bet Race 6: Mammals Magic (10) Courageous Penrith victor last start who can make it back-to-back wins. Play the exotics The Junee Quaddie Race 5: 7-10-11 Race 6: 8-3-2 Race 7: 5-7-4 Race 8: 1-6-8 $81 for 100%   HRNSW MEDIA

THERE is no doubt that up-and-coming Young-based reinsman Blake 'Buzz' Micallef is presently one of the Riverina’s most in-form drivers. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Micallef rode the crest of a wave, and was happy to travel long distances to drive, such was his talent and popularity with trainers. But things turned a little pear-shaped for the young man when the industry was forced into placing travel restrictions on regions to lessen the risk of the virus spreading, which would have potentially had a devastating effect on the racing industry. Fast-forward nine months and Blake is back where he left off, driving plenty of winners for different stables. “It is great to be back driving on a regular basis,” said Micallef. “Obviously the more you drive, the better you become and as with anything you do, the results follow. “I guess that putting in the hard yards is paying off for me and I cannot under-estimate how much support I am getting from my mum and dad. “They have dramatically increased the number of horses they have in work and the team is flying; we all work very hard at it.” The 24-year-old carpenter steered home a winning treble at Junee last Tuesday night, including winning a heat of the Pacers Cup aboard Kanena Provlima for Bathurst trainer, Ben Settree. Blake followed up with a winning double at Albury on Friday night aboard Tromso and Golden Zara, which are both trained by his father David. “I am only a month into giving freelance driving a crack so to drive five winners for the week cannot harm my aspirations,” he said. Micallef heads to Junee tonight brimming with confidence as two of his four drives are well-fancied. “Kanena Provlima only scraped in to win his heat but he did do a ton of work and I would not swap my drive for any other in the Cup.” “I have had a great association with Ben Settree, driving three winners for him from just six drives. “We would love to keep that good strike rate intact tonight . . .  and I think we can.” The Ellen Bartley-trained and Blake Jones-driven Nowhere Creek is the obvious danger as he has won four of his past five starts. Dragon Stride will be chasing a hat-trick of wins in the opening race tonight with Micallef aboard   HRNSW MEDIA

HAVING just experienced his best season to date, driver Tom Ison is back in full force at Newcastle tonight.  Ison had a stellar term last season piloting 152 winners and finishing second-placed in the Concession Drivers’ Premiership and fourth in the New South Wales Drivers’ Premiership behind the likes of Luke McCarthy, Robert Morris and Cameron Hart.  Tonight Ison has three drives, two of those for trainer Roy Roots Junior who he will also combine with at Tamworth’s Carnival of Cups meeting on Sunday.  Ison and Roots will be represented in the two features on the program including the Golden Guitar Final with Shadow Pass who has drawn barrier one in the Group 3.  They will also combine in the Tamworth City Cup with Pitch Perfect who has drawn barrier eight on the second row.  At just the age of 22, Ison has driven 273 winners. iForm Newcastle best bet Race 4: Brooklyns Best (10) Was too strong for them last start and should be hard to beat again. Newcastle next best Race 8: Stuart (10) Valiant chase facing an impossible task in tough company last start and rates highly for this. Around the tracks Albury bets bet Race 1: Stravinsky (8) Resuming from a break and had strong enough form prior to be a serious contender here. Albury next best Race 8: Well Said Jess (8) Debutant worth keeping an eye on. Play the exotics The Newcastle Quaddie Race 5: 4-3-8 Race 6: 10-6-4 Race 7: 7-4-9 Race 8: 10-2-9 $81 for 100%   HRNSW MEDIA

IT is the time of the year that Hunter Valley trainers divide their time between racing their horses at Newcastle and Tamworth with many chasing the riches that the Golden Guitar Series offers. Abermain horseman, Cameron Davies admits that he and fellow trainers in his region are spoilt with the abundance of racing that they have at their doorstep in Newcastle and when it suits, can travel up to Tamworth, particularly when the bigger races are on. Davies trains a small team of five pacers at his idyllic property nestled in between Kurri Kurri and Cessnock. “I do like to set horses for the Golden Guitar each year, it is a race that most trainers up this way aspire to win ” said Davies. “This year I have qualified two for the final and for the past three years I have had a finalist in the prestigious race. “Battle Chimes ran an unlucky third beaten by less than three metres in last year’s final behind Wet My Whistle and he ran second in his heat on Sunday behind Balducci. “Ticktockpocketwatch came to me from New Zealand midway through last year and we could not be happier with her. “She has won two and been placed three times since we got her. “She also finished second in her heat last Sunday and deserves her place in the final. “It nice to have two runners in such a prestigious race and it would be a huge thrill if I happened to win it. “I have just the one runner going around at Newcastle tonight in Race 7, namely Dothedealdylan. “He has been a bit disappointing in recent runs since dead-heating for first here at Newcastle five starts back, on November 9.” On that occasion, the gelding rated 1.56.1 after racing just off the pace but he has been well beaten in four runs since and would need to improve vastly, although Davies believes that he can. “He has a good draw tonight (barrier two) and I do think he can win if he decides to produce his best,” he said.   HRNSW MEDIA

WILL reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick crack 2000 winners tonight at Penrith? If so, the Premiership-winning driver will have to salute with his two drives on the seven-race card. Sitting on 1998 wins, Fitzpatrick’s first chance to add to that is with Caribbean Summer in race two, where he is dually represented as a trainer with Kelly Louise also engaged. Fitzpatrick’s next chance will be with Pearl Button in race seven. The maiden filly has placed in her two starts this preparation. If he does not achieve the milestone tonight, Fitzpatrick has drives at Newcastle on Friday and also at Menangle on Saturday night. iForm Penrith best bet Race 5: Get Ready To Rock (8) Should track through nicely from the draw and will find this easier than recent challenges. Penrith next best Race 2: Clementsorrell (9) Never got into the race last week but will be much more competitive here. Play the exotics The Penrith Quaddie Race 4: 8-4-3 Race 5: 8-10-6 Race 6: 7-6-8 Race 7: 1-5-7 $81 for 100%   HRNSW MEDIA

GEORGES Plains reinsman Doug Hewitt hopes to continue his blistering start to the season tonight. He has steered five winners in just seven drives, for a strike rate of 71 per cent of finishing first each time he drives.  The son of horseman Bernie Hewitt will be looking maintain his success with four drives at Bathurst tonight.  Hewitt will first combine with Shes Koala Tee for trainer Aaron Williams in race two.  Then he will drive Scarlet Babe for his father in race four and then will stick with the stable again for race five when driving No Nay Never.  Hewitt’s final chance of keeping up his momentum rests with Grin For Rachel in race eight.  Another that has started this season well is champion reinswoman Amanda Turnbull.  With a strike rate of 69 per cent of finishing top three so far this term, Turnbull has locked in five drives tonight at her local track. iForm Bathurst best bet Race 4: Make Mine Heaven (7) Was eye-catching in defeat in Group company last start and looks set for this. Bathurst next best Race 6: Sportsmanship (10) Vastly improved performer who poses a major threat to favourite punters. Play the exotics The Bathurst Quaddie Race 5: 8-9-10 Race 6: 4-10-9 Race 7: 8-4-1 Race 8: 5-2-6 $81 for 100%   HRNSW MEDIA

CHAMPION Bathurst trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull is chasing another feature race win on her home track when she contests the qualifying heats of the Bedwells Feed Barn Star Trek on Wednesday night. Since returning to New South Wales, Turnbull has clocked up plenty of kilometres as she has enjoyed the spoils of the TAB Carnival of Cups and her success rate has been astonishing. She began her roll at Dubbo in mid-December when she was involved in four of the feature-race winners including the bonny mare Gotta Party Doll, who took out the Red Ochre Classic with Isobel Ross in the gig. Turnbull trains the New Zealand-bred mare that has since gone on to win the Langlands Hanlon Parkes Cup and the Temora Pacers Cup. Ironically, her quietest Carnival of Cups meeting was at Bathurst on Boxing Night when she drove just one winner but she did bounce back at Parkes five nights later with a winning treble. She and Ross took four horses to Temora to contest two races that resulted in two winners and two placegetters for the stable. Just a week later, the successful combination headed to Tamworth with three horses to contest the heats of the Multiquip Golden Guitar and have qualified two runners for the $30,000 final, to be run this Sunday evening. But Turnbull’s focus will be set squarely on ensuring that she can qualify horses for the $16,670 Star Trek Final, which is scheduled for next Wednesday night. When the feature was last run in November 2019, Turnbull was aboard the favourite RNR Windermere, who could only manage seventh placing behind Rock On, trained and driven by her father Steve Turnbull. Turnbull will be aboard former New Zealand pacer, Bundoran in the first heat, a gelding having his first start in Australia. The winner of two races has been given just one official hit-out by Turnbull since crossing the Tasman and looked sharp in a runaway trial win at Bathurst on Monday night. She has chosen to drive Allset in the second heat, a son of Elsu that appears to be a star in the making. He won two in Victoria before finishing second at Menangle on December 5. Her other runner is Wattlebank Lass (Isobel Ross), who has been very consistent since arriving in Australia late last year.   HRNSW MEDIA

MICHAEL Muscat recently decided that it was the right time in his life to make a change and he now has no regrets that he chose to re-locate from Sydney to Bathurst. “I am really loving it out there in the central west. The people that I have got to know are so friendly and the lifestyle is most definitely more relaxed than in the city,” said Muscat. Since moving west, Muscat has had five winners, his most notable being Jak Magic, which provided him with his first Menangle Country Series Final three weeks ago.   Muscat has no fear in travelling with his team and has already been seen all around the countryside at tracks like Dubbo, Junee, Young and Parkes. “Bathurst is quite central to many tracks which gives me lots of options to race my horses in suitable races and I have enjoyed the trips to places that I had not been to before,” said Muscat.  “Unfortunately, I have been unable to drive the horses myself due to sustaining some injuries in some falls earlier in 2020. “But I have been fortunate to have secured some of the best drivers from the area, who are keen to drive my horses, which is very humbling. “I have not had all that many starters to date, so I am pleased to have already chalked up five winners since moving.  “In fact, I don’t think many of them have missed a cheque either.” Muscat said that eventually he wanted to return to race driving, but is in no rush. “I do miss driving in races but while things are ticking over as well as they currently are, there is no real urgency to get back,” he said. On Wednesday night, Muscat is “at home” with four runners on a solid Bathurst program. “I find it hard to pinpoint a standout from my team tonight as all four appear to be top chances,” he said.  “Jak Magic was so strong in winning at Menangle last start and Lord Heston bolted in on Boxing night.  “Although Dargos Pet was beaten last time out when an odds-on favourite we were happy with his effort while Shes All Smiles is one to follow as she is on the improve and I think she can go very close to winning.”   HRNSW MEDIA

Harness Racing New South Wales has released dates for this season’s trotting feature races. Heats for the Foundation series will begin in March and the features will continue through to July 10 where Trot NSW Finals will be held for the two, three and four-year-old trotters. “Through consultation with the Trotters Association and Club Menangle, the scheduled dates will allow trainers and owners of younger trotters a NSW racing season that will lead into possible interstate campaigns,” HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny said. “HRNSW is supportive of trotters as evidenced last year when the dedicated season was disrupted by COVID but still the $30,000 Two-Year-Old Trot NSW Final was held. “We will continue to work with the Association to develop programs, race conditions and policies which provide equally for all young trotters in the NSW system.” Aged NSW Trotters feature race dates and prizemoney: Four-Year-Old Trotters  Tuesday March 2               Foundation Heat 1                             $10,000 Tuesday March 16            Foundation Heat 2                             $10,000 Tuesday March 30            Foundation Heat 3                             $10,000 Saturday April 10              Foundation Final                                $20,000 Saturday July 10               4yo-5yo Trot NSW Final                    $30,000   Three-Year-Old Trotters Tuesday March 16            Foundation Heat 1                             $10,000 Wednesday March 24       Bathurst Coronet                                $14,000 Tuesday April 6                 Foundation Heat 2                             $10,000 Tuesday April 20               Foundation Heat 3                             $10,000 Saturday May 1                 NSW Trotters Oaks                             $40,000 Saturday May 8                 NSW Trotters Derby                          $40,000 Tuesday May 25                Foundation Heat 4                             $10,000 Tuesday June 8                 Foundation Heat 5                             $10,000 Saturday June 19              Foundation Final                                $20,000 Saturday July 10               Trot NSW Final                                   $30,000   Two-Year-Old Trotters Tuesday April 27                Foundation Heat 1                             $10,000 Tuesday May 11                 Foundation Heat 2                             $10,000 Tuesday May 25                 Foundation Heat 3                             $10,000 Tuesday June 1                  Foundation Heat 4                             $10,000 Tuesday June 15                Foundation Heat 5                             $10,000 Saturday June 26               Foundation Final                                $20,000 Saturday July 10                Trot NSW Final                                   $30,000 Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. HRNSW CONTACT: SHAUN SNUDDEN | Industry Development Manager (02) 9722 6600 •

Moonbi trainer-driver Dean Chapple has been a prominent figure in harness racing in the northern areas of New South Wales for most of his adult life. While he has seen some highs and lows during his time in the sport, Chapple is more than satisfied with his involvement and success. “You always dream about getting that champion and every time you take on a new horse, you hope it could be the next big thing,” said Chapple. Chapple is also buoyed by the fact that his 18-year-old daughter Elly has followed him into the sport and is showing plenty of ability in the sulky. “Elly has just taken out her trainers’ license and is working two of her own on our property just north of Tamworth,” said Chapple. “I am presently working 20 horses, it is a real family affair as my wife Julie and son Jack are both very hands-on, and it makes for a great working environment as we are all there for each other.” Chapple was full of praise for how Harness Racing New South Wales had thrown its support behind the New England area by purchasing the Tamworth Showground Paceway and allocating a worthwhile number of race meetings to the precinct. “It does give us the opportunity to attract new owners into the sport and pacers are being regularly sent up to trainers in the area from down south,” he said. “This further bolsters the horse population, which is currently very strong.” The Chapples will head into Tamworth this evening where they will be busy with eight runners on what appears to be a strong program. “I am confident that we have a couple of good chances of winning tonight,” he said. “One that I really like is Brie in the first race.  “She is owned by a couple of top galloping trainers from here in Sue Grills and Leslie Jeffries and this is their first pacer.  “She won first-up for them and we are now setting her for a Menangle Country Series.  “They are rapt and are already talking about buying more horses. “My best roughie looks to be Apollon in the last race.  “He is a consistent fellow and was steaming home last time out.  “Hopefully, he can get some luck from gate 10 and be right there at the finish.” HRNSW MEDIA

‘SUSTAIN, enhance and innovate’ are the key pillars for Harness Racing New South Wales’ 2021-2023 Strategic Plan, ‘Harness The Passion’. Following extensive consultation and contributions from a cross-section of stakeholders, the newly released plan will deliver in the pillars of sustain, enhance and innovate over the next three years. Actions towards the Strategic Plan goals are already in place with HRNSW recently announcing base prizemoney will incrementally increase year-on-year commencing from January 1, 2021. A total increase in base prizemoney of $8.5million will be delivered to owners, trainers and drivers across the three years to ‘sustain the industry’.  Other prizemoney injections in regional NSW have also been released. “Significant funding injections amounting to several millions of dollars are provided for over the next three years underpinned by a stable return in wagering revenue and draw down where necessary from the Future Fund,” HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny said. “Importantly wagering revenue must be sustained and improved which can lead to further increases to base prizemoney and other initiatives undertaken for the advancement of the industry at large.” Meanwhile, HRNSW is also midway through a search of appointing a specialist Media and Marketing Manager to ‘enhance the industry’ through an internationally renowned recruitment agency specialising in sport. “Already HRNSW has a media and marketing budget but we are often questioned if this is enough or is it well placed,” Dumesny said. “During the course of the previous Strategic Plan $2.3 million per year in direct costs have been covered by HRNSW and partnering with Clubs to promote the industry will be the mission going forward.” An Innovation Group will be formed from people with a positive passion for the harness racing industry so as to ‘innovate the industry’.  This group will be funded by HRNSW and ideas that challenge the tried-and-true formula will be explored. “Not every idea will be accomplished but with positive people on board we can become an even more attractive sport especially for the younger generations.” HRNSW is required under the Harness Racing Act to prepare a Strategic Plan on a three-year cycle. “All those participants who contributed to the formulation of the Strategic Plan must be acknowledged for their commitment to the task,” Dumesny said. The ‘Harness The Passion’ 2021-2023 Strategic plan can be found at or alternatively click here.   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. HRNSW CONTACT: JOHN DUMESNY | Chief Executive Officer (02) 9722 6600 •   HRNSW MEDIA

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