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.
Calder Park (Geelong) principal Ric Burchell a lover of the squaregaiter, has enjoyed plenty of happy harness racing moments over the years with his trotters of note such as Calder Sensation, Calder Strike, Calder Image and Calder Reign to name just a few, but may have something special in Metropolitan/Like A Calder colt Blitzthemcalder who was successful at start number two in taking out The Athletes Foot 2-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2200 metres at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Thursday March 29.
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.