Reinsman Nathan Jack will honour the late Tiffany Murray by wearing her driving pants at Echuca Harness Racing Club’s annual Pacing Cup meeting on Saturday night. Tiffany, a popular local harness racing figure, died in 2011 after a brave battle with cancer. Jack knew Tiffany well through his good mate and Tiffany’s partner, Leigh Sutton. Sutton is also a harness racing driver and he and Tiffany have a daughter, Milla. Jack will also donate $100 per winning drive to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation – and $200 should he win the Echuca Cup – and Sutton will match it dollar for dollar. It means the organisation set up by Tiffany's neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo, will benefit $200 per winner and $400 if Jack’s horse, Smudge Bromac, can win the main event. “I knew her quite well. I was good mates with Leigh,” Jack said. “It’s definitely a cause close to my heart.” The club will also run the Tiffany Murray Memorial Pace (Race 4 at 8.03pm), with only female drivers invited to contest the event. The association between Jack and Smudge Bromac will hold him in good stead aboard the David Aiken trained entire on Saturday night. The nine-year-old pacer is in a rich vein of form, having recently contested the $400,000 Hunter Cup, finishing fifth beaten only 8.3 metres by Arden Rooney. “He’s a great little horse, you’d love to own him,” Jack said of the 31-time winner. “He’s in great form. His Yarra Glen Cup win was terrific, in the Pure Steel he sat outside Uncle Wingnut and beat him by over a metre, and in the Shepparton Cup he turned for home level with For A Reason and beat him a length. “He’ll find it a bit hard off the 20-metre (handicap) on the tight track but he’s racing really well.” The huge 10-race program at Echuca kicks off at 6.20pm with the cup to be run at 9.33pm. Loads of giveaways and entertainment will be provided, with one lucky patron winning $1000 thanks to the TAB simply by uploading their Trot Selfie to facebook.com/trotselfies. The Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup meeting is a leg of the TAB Trots Country Cups Carnival. by Cody Winnell Related Links Fields for Echuca, Saturday 21 March 2015 Form guide for Echuca, Saturday 21 March 2015
More than 130 guests are set to enjoy a tremendous evening’s entertainment as local harness racing stars are recognised at Wagga’s awards dinner on Saturday night. Incorporating the Riverina titles for the Trainer, Driver, Concession Driver, Horse and Juvenile of the Year, the function is always an enjoyable affair. Champion mare Frith and New South Wales Oaks winner, Sheas A Runa, will be the recipients of the top Riverina horse awards, with Major Jules claiming the Wagga Pacer of the Year crown. Talented reinsman Leigh Sutton captured the Riverina and Wagga driving premierships, while Shaun Snudden (Riverina) and Kim Hillier (Wagga) annexed the other awards. Wagga chief executive Graeme White also revealed 65 sponsors have been placed in a draw for naming rights of this season’s feature races. “Last season first-time sponsor, Ausmet Roofing, won naming rights for the Wagga Cup and there are seven new sponsors for this season,” White said. “There are other sponsors who have been with the club for many years, so who wins is all a matter of having some luck on the night.” Wagga’s racing dates for 2014/15 include the Carnival Of Cups in March, plus several Tuesday night meetings during the warmer months, which will be something different for the region. Headlining the entertainment is Australia’s leading female ventriloquist, Lindi Jane, who is bound to keep the laughs flowing on a frequent basis. Harness Racing NSW chairman Rex Horne and Wagga Mayor, Rod Kendall, will be two of the special guests. HRNSW Media
Tuesday's Bendigo harness racing fixture featured two events for the squaregaiters, with Apollos Gift and Sonofanearl winning their respective races.
Maryborough - the harness racing home of "The Redwood" played host to heats of the Crazed Australasian Breeders Crown Series on Monday July 30, with two heats for Two Year Olds and three for Three Year Olds over 2100 metres.
Victoria's biggest provincial harness racing carnival - Mildura Cup week commenced on Tuesday April 10, featuring two heats of the Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup, supplemented by several other heats of races catering for all classes, including the Mark Gurry & Associates Cup for C4 to C8 class over 2190 metres and the Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas for Three Year Olds over the same journey.
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Harness racing trainers, drivers and horses from the greater Bendigo area dominated the Kilmore harness fixture on Wednesday January 4, winning half the program, including a double to the all conquering Douglas stable.
A terrific harness racing meeting was held at Tabcorp Park melton on Friday, with the most elated person on course being Pyramid Hill (Kerang) owner/breeder Teddy Carmody, following the victory of six year old Conch Deville/Boot Scootin Glory gelding Unbundled in the Tabcorp Park Melton Trotters Mobile for TMO class over 2240 metres.
Less than four days before staging their own Tiffany Murray Trust Dinner at Tabcorp Park, Harness Racing Victoria would like to acknowledge the efforts of Lyle Massey and Geoff Lucas in raising more than $42,500 for the courageous cancer sufferer in Mildura last Friday night.
Local harness racing owners Vince and Maria Sanzaro were "over the moon" after winning the $25,000 SEW-Eurodrive Geelong Rocket at Beckley Park Geelong on Saturday with former Kiwi 7-Y-0 gelding Lets Slash An Burn.
This Saturday night (September 17) the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event card at headquarters in Brisbane. The night's racing will kick off with an M1 event at 6.10. Gatton based trainer Shane Sanderson has a terrific strike rate with his team of pacers.
The Nyah harness racing club held an interesting eight event card on Thursday July 28, with the honours for the night going to Echuca trainer Faye McEwan and Bendigo based reinsman Leigh Sutton who combined to land a stable treble.