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'The newest, fastest and most technologically advanced Formula One (F1) racing car built by students from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Redback Racing Team has now successfully completed all testing and trials at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track in the lead up to next week's Grand Prix in Melbourne (6 to 9 December 2018),' Bankstown Paceway committeeman Andew Ho has announced. Mr Ho last night (Monday, November 26th, 2018) launched the new top secret design together with UNSW students at a gala function at the university's Kensington Campus. 'From racing standardbred "Trots" horses to trialling the latest in F1 racing, Bankstown Paceway is elated to welcome UNSW students from all disciplines at their university who come together to form the UNSWRedback Racing team,' Mr Ho told Harnesslink. 'Originally established in 1999, the university based team designs, constructs and racse small open wheeled race cars and competes against all major Australian and international universities at the annual Formula SAE-Australasia competition, run by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australasia,' Mr Ho said. 'Formula SAE-A is an exciting international education program where university students design, build and compete in small open wheeled vehicles. Formula SAE graduates worldwide are considered to be among the most work-ready graduates emerging from the university system,' he said. 'In delivering a fully functioning vehicle, the student teams undertake a full, real-world product development project. They design, build and test their vehicles, but they also must also attend to the non-technical aspects of a project such as fund-raising, marketing and managing a team of people. Each team effectively works as a small start-up business, and it is this experience that makes Formula SAE graduates stand apart from their peers. 'The Formula SAE Australasian competition was introduced in 2000, and attracts entries from Australia, New Zealand and across Asia. Australasian teams have established themselves quickly as world-class competitors by taking outright victories in major US and European competitions. 'Bankstown Paceway wishes the UNSW Redback Racing team every success in December's Grand Prix competition in Melbourne,' Mr Ho added. Megan J. Lavender

The Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing will take place at Sydney's BBX Bankstown Paceway next week - on Thursday, August 28th, 2014. 'Our new expanded winter carnival both articulates and contributes to the development of the aspirations, values and beliefs of Australia's diverse population by engaging and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of what has evolved into not only a time honoured local cultural celebration, but an internationally recognised and televised sporting event,' Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho told Harnesslink. 'Featuring an action charged series of harness racing culminating in the Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, the 2014 Carnival will also include the Third Annual Equine Art Exhibition, TrotsFest: The Year of the Horse,' Mr Ho said. 'The Bankstown City Cup Carnival - part of our nation's six billion dollar equine industry - is also a major stimulant of local economic growth and development for the City of Bankstown and its harness racing businesses and families by attracting harness racing competitors to our area from across Australia and New Zealand, stimulating demand and creating jobs for hard working families,' he said. 'Targeting sporting and racing enthusiasts, as well as animal lovers, from across Australia, the Carnival also represents a social and cultural celebration for people of all ages, and in particular families, with this year's event scheduled to include a range of on course activities, as well as the return of the popular 'Fashions on the Field' and 'Mini Trots' miniature pony races featuring the skills and talents of local school age children. 'With the continued support of Bankstown City Council, the Carnival not only ensures the provision of an enjoyable, affordable and accessible activity, but contributes to promoting the positive image of Bankstown - our industries and our people - as the sporting and cultural capital of Sydney harness racing. By hosting the Bankstown City Council Cup, Bankstown ensures its place as a city of progress on the world map of harness racing,' Mr Ho added. Bankstown City Council Cup Gala Race Night will be held on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, at Sydney's harness racing home, BBX Bankstown Paceway, with the first race set to start at 6.12 pm. Megan J. Lavender  

Bankstown Paceway is calling on all school age children in Sydney to get involved in harness racing at the Mini Trots NSW Education Day to be held at the Condell Park trotting track this coming Sunday, August 17th, from 9.00 am.   'Mini Trots is all about having fun with shetland ponies and miniature horses, for kids aged five to sixteen - it's about getting them on the right track and promoting friendly competition in an atmosphere of cooperation and good sportsmanship,' Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender told Harnesslink.   'From an industry perspective, it is also about ensuring that the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of local standardbred horse owners, trainers and drivers are warmly welcomed into the sport - and that they are fostered and encouraged in a family friendly environment,' Ms Lavender said.   'For local kids, you can be involved as little or as much as you like - from taking part in the occasional friendly horse race to working your pony on the track every afternoon after school like ten year old Condell Park school girl Grace Panella and her pony,' Ms Lavender added.   The Mini Trots NSW Education Day will be held at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, this coming Sunday, August 17th, 2014, from 9 am. Entry is free.   Megan J. Lavender

'Sydney will host its second annual city based series of camel races at the heart of Australian harness racing, Bankstown Paceway, next week (July 2014),' according to Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender. 'From Monday, July 28th, to Wednesday, July 30th, the century old showground and eight hundred metre trotting track at Condell Park, in Sydney's south west, will serve as the venue for the Second Annual Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular, which will see cameleers and dromedaries stand in for our much loved reinsmen and standardbreds for the three day festival of racing,' Ms Lavender said. 'Race goers will be treated to four daily races featuring six camels topped off with a non stop entertainment programme featuring New Zealand-born Allen McDonald's world famous Elvis Show and UK comedian Al Showman from The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant (which has made Bankstown Paceway its new home after six decades at Dural), plus Santa's Christmas in July lunch,' she said. 'With sand, sun and fun, the Second Annual Sydney Camel Races at Bankstown Paceway will be July's ultimate winter warmer,' Ms Lavender added. The Second Annual Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular will he held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, from Monday, July 28th, to Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. Gates open at 10 am. Reserved seating, show and lunch bookings can be made on 1300 THE LOG or 1300 843 564 or 0414 339 558. Megan J. Lavender Camel Racing in Australia - The Facts The facts on camel racing in Australia are as follows: % Camel racing is a popular sport in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Australia, and Mongolia. % Like horse racing, camel racing can be an event for both wagering and as a tourist attraction. % Camels can run at speeds up to 65 km/h (18 m/s; 40 mph) in short sprints and they can maintain a speed of 40 km/h (11 m/s; 25 mph) for an hour. % Camel racing in Australia - which started more as a tourist attraction than a professional sport - usually takes place on outback racetracks. % Previously, camel race was held in Sydney at the former Harold Park Paceway, at Glebe, during the Equine Influenza Crisis which prevented many Australian horse races from being held in 2007. In 2013, the Inaugural Sydney Camel Racing Carnival was held at Bankstown Paceway. % Australian camel racing jockeys are mostly women, unlike the Middle East, where boy jockeys are the norm, and camels race in sprints, not long distance races. % Camels were first brought to Australia from Afghanistan in the early 1800s to help build major railway and telegraph lines in the outback. They were also used extensively for exploration purposes and as a pack animal. % By 1895, the Australian camel population had increased to approximately 6,000 head and today the population is estimated at over one million animals. For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender Director Bankstown Paceway    

'Night racing returns to Sydney's Bankstown Paceway with the running of the Feehely Memorial on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014,' Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has told Harnesslink. 'Originally founded, in 2006, as a tribute to beloved Bankstown Paceway life member and standardbred owner, trainer and reinsman Ned Feehely - immediately recognizable by his distinctive pink and purple silks - the race was renamed the Ned and Jean Feehely Memorial in 2012, following the passing of Ned's wife, Bankstown Paceway life member Jean Feehely, who was also a tireless volunteer and supporter of harness racing here at Bankstown,' Ms Lavender said. 'In October 2012, Mrs Feehely was also posthumously honored as the Harness Racing New South Wales Volunteer of the Year for her lifetime of dedication and commitment to Bankstown Paceway,' Ms Lavender added. Ned and Jean's son, Bankstown Paceway life member and Brisbane businessman Laurie Feehely, said his late parents' association with Bankstown Paceway dated back to the 1950s, when unofficial races, known as gymkhanas, were held at the Condell Park show ground track on the first and third Sunday of each month. 'Mum [Jean Feehely] would take nominations from home and collate the fields on the kitchen table,' recalled Mr Feehely, who owns and operates the race sponsor, Airport and Regional Corporate Cars. 'After Bankstown Paceway acquired its official racing license [in March 1965], Mum [Jean Feehely] would continue to take the nominations for Bankstown and Lithgow racing fields, and she would take them over to Harold Park for the handicapper,' Mr Feehely said. 'Mum [Jean Feehely] always worked for Bankstown for the love of the harness racing sport itself and the people associated with it. She derived great enjoyment in helping in any way to promote the industry and, of course, to watch Dad [Ned Feehely] race in the pink and purple - her favourite colours,' he said. 'Dad and Mum [Ned and Jean Feehely] were involved in the early mobile barrier design for handicapping. It was called the "brown barrier" - not having much knowledge of design, it eventually failed. But it was used at the Bankstown track for handicapping from scratch back to 48 yards. 'It was a walk up mobile with tapes that went over the top of the horses on release. Dad [Ned Feehely] was a plasterer and a builder by trade - and, so, the Bankstown Paceway stables were built with him leading a working bee. 'The materials were all donated by Bankstown Paceway members, by Harry Westwood, by Ray Fitzpatrick, by Wally Thompson, by Jacky Binskin, by Roy Treasure, by Max Truer [Senior], and by Dad [Ned Feehely], to name a few. 'I have no memory of Mr Eldridge being involved in [the actual construction of] the stables - only that he was an original [Bankstown Paceway] committeeman, who was stricken with cancer and died around the time that they were built. However, the stables were named after him because of the original concept that he had in mind. 'Mum [Jean Feehely] was heavily involved in the very early establishment and licencing of Bankstown Paceway as a harness racing club. She also helped establish the Bankstown Trotting Recreation Club - doing all of the paperwork, all of the correspondence, and she later worked on the office side of this until her retirement. 'She was well into her late sixties when she finally retired, and a surprise dinner was organised for her at the Trotting Club. Mum and Dad [Jean and Ned Feehely], even during their later years, had stabled horses at Condell Park. Dad [Ned Feehely] was also the time keeper at Bankstown Paceway. 'Whenever Mum and Dad [Jean and Ned Feehely] visited my family and me in Queensland, they could only ever stay for a short time - during the intermission between race meetings at Bankstown. That is because the pull to return to their beloved race club, Bankstown Paceway, was so strong,' Mr Feehely added. Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, will see the 9th running of the Airport and Regional Corporate Cars Ned and Jean Feehely Memorial. Past winners of the race include: Silent Judge (2006), House Master NZ (2007), Just Radish (2008), Jemas Glory (2009), Valiant King NZ (2010), Blaze of Art (2011), Chips McFadden (2012) and Four Jokers (2013). The Legends of Bankstown Gala Race Night will be held at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - with Race 1 set to start at 5.25 pm. Entry is free and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or they can purchase club priced food and drinks from the racecourse kiosk. Bookings for the $40 per head three course race night buffet dinner can also be made on 02 9708 4111. Megan J. Lavender  

'The heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, is delighted to award our greatest accolade - honorary life membership - to former committeeman and standardbred horse trainer Anthony Gorrell for over two decades of dedicated, distinguished and devoted service to the Bankstown Harness Racing and Agricultural Society,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink.   'Last night's (Wednesday, December 18th, 2013) Committee meeting unanimously voted to confer our race club's highest honour on Tony Gorrell, who retired from the board last month (November 2012) after more than ten years of faithful service,' Mr Bentley said.   'Joining the Bankstown harness racing club on 10 April 1993, there is barely a month, a week or even a day when you can keep Tony away from the track where he fosters his two greatest passions - training his beloved horses and volunteering for the odd job or two which no one else can quite get done,' the president said.   'In 2003, Tony was first elected to our board - at a pivotal and challenging time for our club. Today, that board salutes his service to our club, our track and major events committees, his enduring energy and, most importantly, the sound counsel and advice which he provided to our fellow committeemen,' Mr Bentley added.   Megan J. Lavender    

'While a race night victory may have eluded Condell Park's harness racing drivers on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night last night (Saturday, December 7th) one lucky Bankstown reinsman's wife had the biggest win of her life at the local trotting track,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink.   'Condell Park's Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters is now the proud owner a $2,500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central, after Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards drew out her name from thousands of entries in the Bankstown Paceway 'Lucky Door' Prize Racebook Competition,' Mr Bentley said.   'But, for Jacqui, this is the not the only significant win that she has had at the Bankstown trotting track because this is where she met her husband, former trotting driver and Bankstown councillor Allan Winterbottom, and, coincidentally, where they held their wedding reception thirty four years ago on 8 December 1979,' he said.   'But, then again, Bankstown Paceway has a proud match-making record - with our racecourse serving as the venue for the first date of former Racing Minister Kevin Greene and his wife, Frances, where Blaxland MP Jason Clare met his wife, Louise, at the Children's Festival, where East Hills MP Glenn Brookes courted his wife, Kharin, whose father was a local trainer, and where Bankstown councillor Jim Daniel and his wife, Jessica, celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sydney Cup Race Night,' Mr Bentley added.   A record crowd of 10,000 packed Sydney's Bankstown Paceway last night (Saturday, December 7th) to watch history in the making as the ten year old warhorse of harness racing Washakie NZ stormed home to claim a fifth successive win in the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial - a feat matched only by the thoroughbred racing legend Manikato, who owned the Group 1 William Reid Stakes for five consecutive years from 1979 to 1983.   Photo: Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley (left) and Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards (right) with Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters (centre) and her $2500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central.   Megan J. Lavender    

Two dozen school aged children from across Australia converged on Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track last night (Saturday, December 7th) for Mini Trots' version of the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial.   'Mini Trots is all about having fun with, and learning to be responsible for, little shetland ponies and miniature horses, for kids aged five to sixteen - it's about getting them on the right track and promoting friendly competition in an atmosphere of cooperation and good sportsmanship,' Bankstown Paceway director Lavender told Harnesslink.   'From an industry perspective, it is also about ensuring that the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of Australia's standardbred horse owners, trainers and drivers are warmly welcomed into the sport - and that they are fostered and encouraged in a family friendly environment,' Ms Lavender said.   'For kids, you can be involved as little or as much as you like - from taking part in the occasional friendly horse race to working your pony on the track every afternoon after school like ten year old Grace Panella and her horse, Dust Storm,' she said.   'The Condell Park school girl and fourth generation harness racing driver is quickly gaining pace on her twenty year old sister, triple Group 1 winning reinswoman Lauren Panella, whose fifty four race wins and sixty nine placings have earned her stakes of over $442,783 so far this season,' Ms Lavender added.   Megan J. Lavender  

'Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing club has one of the strongest ever boards in more than half a century - with the addition of two new faces to the leadership team,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley told Harnesslink this morning.   The Paceway's longest serving president was re-elected by members at last night's (Wednesday, November 27th, 2013) annual general meeting along with vice president John Waite, treasurer Loretta Dewsbury and directors Neil Costello, Vanessa Gauci, Andrew Ho, Megan Lavender and Garry Leonard.   'I pay tribute to retiring directors, harness racing horse trainers Anthony Gorrell and Michael Watkins, who did not seek re-election and, consequently, have retired from the board after many years of dedicated service to our race club,' Mr Bentley said.   'Their seats have been filled by Michael Wilson, who is the rail division general manager of Padstow based Chess Industries, and Robert Caruana, who is the general manager of the AMP's Macquarie Centre at North Ryde,' he said.   'The son of former Orange Harness Racing Club president Raymond Wilson, Michael's family have been involved in trotting for more than sixty years - with links to the Parkes, Forbes, Dubbo, Orange, Junee, Harold Park and Penrith harness racing clubs.   'An owner and former harness racing horse trainer himself, Michael is already a great asset to Bankstown Paceway - with his company sponsoring the 2013 Chess Industries World Cup of Harness Racing, which took place on the night before the Interdominion.   'Also introduced to Bankstown Trots by his father, Robert Caruana has been an infrastructure, redevelopment and facilities management expert for the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Colliers International, Mirvac and Lend Lease, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of its portfolio of regional shopping centres, including Macarthur Square, Penrith Plaza, Wollongong Central, Cairns Central, Canelands, and, of course, Bankstown Square.   'Robert is currently overseeing the $420 million redevelopment of Macquarie Centre, for AMP, into second largest shopping centre in New South Wales.   'With experience, passion and talent, the Bankstown Paceway board looks to continuing to serve our members, racecourse patrons and, of course, all fans of the trots,' Mr Bentley added.   Bankstown Paceway    

Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track is the ideal venue to host your business or community Christmas Party at The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant. Watch the trotting races live, enjoy an all you can eat Christmas themed buffet lunch or dinner, see a live theatre restaurant production like new ‘The Legends of Rock and Roll Show’ and receive a visit from Santa Claus. Some of the available dates include: a.. Wednesday 27 November 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Lunch; b.. Monday 2 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Race Day Lunch; c.. Saturday 7 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Race Night Dinner; d.. Thursday 12 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Lunch; e.. Saturday 14 December 2013 – Sydney Speedcar Rally and Camel Races Christmas Party Show and Race Night Dinner; and f.. Monday 16 December 2013 – The Legends of Rock and Roll Christmas Party Show and Lunch. For more information or bookings, please visit http://theburninglogrestaurant.webs.com/bankstown or call 1300 843 564 or 1300 THE LOG. For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender Director Bankstown Paceway M: 0419 419 269 E: lavender@bankstownpaceway.com.au

‘The spectacle of trotting races conducted “under saddle” – known as le trot monte – will return to Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track next month as part of the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night on Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has said. ‘A popular discipline in Europe and Scandinavia, ridden trot races require great skill from both the horse and rider and are a marvel to observe,’ Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. ‘Accordingly, Bankstown Paceway is justifiably proud of our record as the harness racing industry innovator who successfully returned monte racing to New South Wales on Saturday, December 1st, last year, and hosted the southern hemisphere’s very first international trotting saddle race on Friday, May 31st, this year, which featured riders from Australia and Sweden,’ she said. ‘With the support of our race sponsor, Aldebaran Park, the rider who accumulates the most points over the twenty two race nationwide monte series will receive a return airfare to participate in Scandinavia,’ Ms Lavender added. Le trot monte racing, or racing under saddle, will return to Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Racecourse entry is free. Gates open at 5.00 pm and the first race starts at 6.10 pm. Bookings for race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111. Megan J. Lavender

Ten-year-old Condell Park school girl Grace Panella will take her pony, Dust Storm, to church, at 9.30 am, this Sunday, November 24th, 2013, for the Second Annual Sydney Harness Racing Church Service. The champion “Mini Trots” driver – who trains her miniature horse at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway trotting track after school each afternoon – will join her fellow harness racing industry participants and members of the Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy for the church service at St Martin’s Georges Hall. ‘It will certainly be the first time that St Martin’s has ever seen a pony amongst the pews – and, perhaps, even the only time that an Australian church congregation has had an equine parishioner,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho told Harnesslink. ‘The Sydney Harness Racing Church Service will consist of a casual and contemporary church service and feature Bible readings, prayers and the blessing of trophies in Sydney’s Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Carnival of Harness Racing,’ Mr Ho said. ‘The service will be an opportunity to publicly pray for God’s blessing and protection upon those involved in harness racing, and to share the hope found in the Gospel of our Lord,’ Mr Ho added. The Second Annual Sydney Harness Racing Church Service will be held at St Martin’s Church, 176 Birdwood Road, Georges Hall, on Sunday, November 24th, 2013, at 9.30 am. Anyone is invited to attend the service, which will be followed by a free sausage sizzle. Photos: Ten-year-old Condell Park school girl and champion Mini Trots driver Grace Panella with Dust Storm at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway. Megan J. Lavender

Bankstown Paceway harness racing club director Megan Lavender is encouraging all trotting fans and their families and friends to support New South Wales’ summer Group 1 harness racing event, the historic 30th Anniversary M. H. Treuer Memorial, which will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway. ‘Tell your children and your grandchildren that you were at the track – at Bankstown Paceway – to see the 30th Anniversary M. H. Treuer Memorial on Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. ‘Tell them about how some of the greatest standardbred horses in the southern hemisphere raced – not just to win NSW’s summer Group 1 harness racing event, but to make history,’ she said. ‘Tell them about the summer carnival race night – the festival atmosphere, musical theatre show, fashions on the field, children’s activities and the return of le trot monte racing to NSW. ‘Tell them the story of a man – born on a Chullora farm – who founded a race club that changed the destiny of countless Australians. ‘The Treuer Memorial is not only one of the premier pacing events on the planet – and a wonderful night out for the whole family – but, it is a tremendous tradition and tribute to the late Max Treuer (1898-1982) – a visionary Australian of whom we can all be justifiably proud. ‘A successful local businessman and bus company founder, an avid sportsman and harness racing enthusiast, and, as a Bankstown city councillor, a true champion of the battler, Max was an asset and inspiration to all people. ‘Born on a Chullora farm, Max Treuer served as the founding president of Bankstown Paceway and was instrumental in establishing the adjoining licensed club, the Bankstown Trotting Recreational Club. ‘Exactly three decades ago, we honoured Max when the M. H. Treuer Memorial was run for the first time – and that inaugural race, worth just $30,000 back in 1983, was won by one of the Asia Pacific’s all-time favourite pacers, Double Agent. ‘As prizemoney reached $100,000, in 1986, Vic Frost partnered True Delight to an upset win, while other Treuer legends adding to the tradition and glamour of this time honoured prestigious Grand Circuit event include champion pacers Village Kid (1987), Westburn Grant (1989) and Our Sir Vancelot (1996 and 1997), all of whom also took out both the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile. These are the stories worth telling,’ Ms Lavender added. New South Wales’ summer harness racing event, the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial, will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway. Entry is free. Racecourse gates open at 5.00 pm and the first race starts at 6.10 pm. Bookings for race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111. Photo: Bankstown Paceway directors Andrew Ho and Megan Lavender with the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial trophy at Bankstown Paceway. For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender  

Bankstown Paceway harness racing club committeemen Megan Lavender and Andrew Ho have expressed both astonishment and gratitude at being nominated for the 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Volunteer Appreciation Award. ‘Ms Lavender – whose family has been associated with the Sydney harness racing club for more than half a century – was first elected to the committee of the Bankstown Harness Racing and Agricultural Society in 2008, while Mr Ho has served on the Paceway’s board since 2010,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley told Harnesslink. ‘Together, the pair has worked to raise the profile of harness racing within the competitive Australian sporting market – engaging with government, business and community organisations to create charity race days, community festivals and musical extravaganzas. Some of their initiatives have included establishing the Australasian Harness Racing Art Prize, Sydney Camel Races and Seniors Scooter Speedway,’ Mr Bentley said. ‘While it is indeed an exceedingly humbling experience to even be considered for such an auspicious accolade, Bankstown Paceway has always been a close knit community of hard working volunteers – and a garland bestowed upon any one of us rightly belongs to each and every one of the members who have worked tirelessly for our race club over a multitude of years,’ Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. ‘Any glory, laud or honour is the product and the consequence of a concerted team effort by Bankstown Paceway members and staff for whom harness racing is not just a sport, a business or a hobby, but, in fact, a quintessential part of the Australian way of life. For they are the true heroes of harness racing – and we salute them,’ Mr Ho told Harnesslink. The 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards will be presented at a gala awards dinner at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel tomorrow night (Saturday, October 26th, 2013).  

Former New South Wales state parliamentary chief of staff Geoff Grasso is the new general manager of Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing club, Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has announced. Bankstown Paceway’s committee, members and staff are delighted to welcome the former senior advisor to East Hills MP Glenn Brookes to assume the stewardship of our harness racing club, showgrounds, markets and function centres, the president said. ‘With an invaluable breadth and wealth of experience at senior levels over many years in government, business and the community sectors – as well as a great passion for the Trots – Geoff Grasso will ensure that Bankstown Paceway remains on the right track as the heart of Australian harness racing,’ Mr Bentley said. Photo: (Left to Right): New Bankstown Paceway general manager Geoff Grasso with Hughes federal MP Craig Kelly and former Sutherland Shire mayor Kent Johns at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway. For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender Director Bankstown Paceway  

To celebrate the release of the new Harness Racing Australia “We Will Trot You” promotional advertisements – set to the iconic Queen rock anthem “We Will Rock You” – racecourse patrons at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway trotting track will be treated to a live performance of the song by internationally acclaimed Freddie Mercury impersonator Chris Price on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has told Harnesslink. ‘Bankstown Paceway is elated to support this sensational video clip, which has literally gone viral overnight and features Condell Park’s very own Trots champion Lauren Panella – now the leading harness racing driver in the great state of New South Wales – who can be seen training her horses with her family at Bankstown Paceway each and every day,’ Ms Lavender added. To view the Australian harness racing promotional advertisements, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GsYfhO9Pbc&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wriqk7O00ks&feature=youtu.be The historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway. Racecourse gates open at 5.00 pm and the first race starts at 6.30 pm. Bookings for race night dining packages can be made by calling 1300 843 564 or 1300 THE LOG. Bankstown Paceway racecourse theatre restaurant celebrates first anniversary ‘Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013), Australia’s longest running theatre restaurant, The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant, celebrates its first anniversary at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track following its relocation from Dural where it had operated for almost sixty years,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has told Harnesslink.   ‘In 2012, The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant relocated to Bankstown Paceway to create a new entertainment, cultural and sporting hub for south western Sydney,’ Mr Ho said.   Announcing the move last year, the New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, and Minister for the Arts, the Honourable George Souris MP, said: ‘This is a great initiative that will give a welcome boost to the local economy.’ ‘This partnership [between Bankstown Paceway and The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant] will benefit both harness racing and the arts,’ Mr Souris said. Joining the Minister, the State Member for East Hills, Glenn Brookes MP, said: ‘Where else in Sydney can you see a theatre show, grab a bargain from the markets, take the kids to a carnival, sit down for a relaxing lunch and watch horses race live at the track!’ ‘This initiative is testament to the forward thinking of Bankstown Paceway and The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant – it is a win for businesses and families in south western Sydney,’ Mr Brookes added. Megan J. Lavender  

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