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Prominent owners Adam, Ben and Terry Cormack were big winners at the 2016/2017 Harness Racing South Australia awards day on Sunday. Three-year-old trotter Rocknroll Baby, squaregaiter Al Bundy and quality mare Just Rockon Bye collected awards. The Cormacks have developed an impressive property outside Two Wells with Greg Norman as their stable trainer. Gallifrey Mystique, trained by Jake Webster and Aaron Bain, was named the Leading State Horse for most wins, but the trainer revealed the mare had finally succumbed to injury leading up to the awards day and had been retired. The mare had leg issues when she arrived in South Australia, but the trainers were able to get her to the racetrack where she proved a star winning 12 races during the season. All the award winners were: Horse of the Year: Emain Macha 2YO pacer (filly): Renesmae 2YO pacer (colt/gelding): Bulletproof Boy 3YO pacer (filly): Crystal Sparkles NZ 3YO pacer (entire/gelding): Emain Macha 4YO+ pacer (mare): Just Rockon Bye NZ 4YO+ pacer (entire/gelding): Tie; Bettor Party & Whenmechief 2YO trotter: Muscle Hillbilly 3YO trotter: Rocknroll Baby 4YO+trotter (mare): Im Princess Sophie 4YO+trotter (entire/gelding): Al Bundy NZ Leading State Horse: Gallifrey Mystique Leading Claiming Horse: My Man Dan NZ Leading State Driver: Danielle Hill Leading Young Driver: Jayden Brewin Leading Concession Driver: Jayden Brewin Leading State Trainer: Ryan Hryhorec SA Young/Concession Drivers Series Winner: Bradley O’Keeffe  Chairman’s Award: Claire Goble Jim Hurley Award winner:  Ryan Hryhorec The Broodmare of the year for 2016/17 is Aratusa Lass.   Media Awards: Literary: Graham Fischer – Wayne Hill’s greatest night in harness racing’ Photography: Joint Winners: Graham Fischer – ‘When is it my time? Horses watching Ryan Hryhorec work Live For Peace around his track at Two Wells’ and Jodie Hallows – ‘Son Breaks Dad’s SA Cup Record’ Television/Video/Film - Best feature ‘to air’. Dean Baring 'Sales Day Video Interview with HRSA Chairman Chris Hartwig'    SARA (SA Reinswomen Association) State Trainer and Driver: Dani Hill 2nd state trainer: Jill Neilson 3rd state trainer: Leah Harvey 2nd state driver: Lisa Ryan 3rd state driver: Kaela Hryhorec   Square Trotters Association Trotter of the Year – Liava 2yo Trotter of the Year – Muscle Hillbilly 3yo Trotter of the Year – Rocknroll Baby Trainer and Driver of the Year – Ryan Hryhorec   SABOTRA Breeder: Viv Clark Owner: A B & T Cormack Trainer: Les Harding Driver: Wayne Hill Industry Participant: Sam & Pauline Spirou  Life membership: Naomi Shelbourn   ​SAHRC Horse with the most number of wins at Globe Derby: Gallifrey Mystique Graham Fischer

The fairytale success story of harness racing pacer Emain Macha reached a new peak on Sunday when he was named South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for 2016/2017. Emain Macha had an illness-shortened three-year-old season, but still managed to score seven wins from nine starts to take out the award. Among the gelding’s wins were the Graham Head Memorial at Shepparton, the Victoria Sires Classic at Melton and the Mildura Guineas. Emain Macha is trained at Naracoorte in the South-East by Greg Scholefield who is a part-owner along with Peter Lamond, Gail Davis and father and son John and Sean Penny. For the Pennys, Emain Macha’s successes are quite emotional as both had the misfortunes to lose their wives several years ago, and harness racing is a release, but both are sad their partners cannot be around to enjoy the success. Mr Penny said he was shocked by the Horse Of The Year award. “I went along Sunday believing he had a chance of winning the three-year-old pacers colts and gelding award (which he did win), but never did I consider he would take out the overall award,” Mr Penny said. “He has taken us on a fabulous ride and we were very disappointed when Greg (Scholefield) said he had contracted a virus and would miss the Southern Cross.” Emain Macha became ill after his last win in the Mildura Guineas on April 7 and Mr Penny said there were fears the gelding could pass away. “He was really sick, and Greg sought advice from a few different sources and eventually an equestrian vet gave a suggestion which put the horse on the road to recovery. “Emain Macha is back in work now and we hope to have him back on the track in December. Greg has tentatively looked at races at Bendigo and Melton to start him off again. “I can’t give enough credit to Greg, to our family, he is a champion trainer. “His property is spotless, and the horses want for nothing. If they have the ability, he will get it out of them.” Graham Fischer

An emotional harness racing trainer/driver Ryan Hryhorec was overwhelmed by the announcement he had won the Jim Hurley Medal for 2016/2017. A strong family man, Hryhorec’s first thought was for his father Jon who passed away about 12 months ago aged 71, after a two-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “I would love to be able to show the Medal to Dad,” Hryhorec said, “I’m sure he would be so proud. “He was such a strong influence on my life and I owe him so much.” The Jim Hurley Medal, was introduced by Harness Racing South Australia for a trainer or driver who performed consistently at a high level throughout the racing season. Hryhorec said he had not given a thought to winning the Hurley Medal. “To be honest I wasn’t going to attend the awards day because things were very busy at home. However, Dave Battye had a talk with me about the importance of industry participants supporting awards presentations, and I agreed, and so we came along. “This is an amazing honour. “I knew of Jim Hurley as a trainer and driver when I was a kid and by the time I was starting my career he had scaled right down but everyone talked of him in legendary terms.” The medal is named after Jim Hurley who was an accomplished trainer, driver and owner for more than 50 years and a legend of harness racing. He was still training at age 90 until his passing in March, 2016. With more than 1000 winners, the 1964 Inter Dominion winner Minuteman was his greatest highlight as an owner. Hryhorec had a very successful 2016/2017 season winning the SA Trainers premiership with 72 winners and finishing second on the SA Drivers premiership with 129 winners. He paid tribute to Victorian owner Paul Brumby. “Paul has been a massive supporter of mine since I took up training and I can honestly say if it wasn’t for him and his group of friends I would not have been able to set myself up as I have.” The Hurley medal was decided by votes cast at each meeting. Voting is conducted on all SA harness racing TAB meetings by a panel of three who have been selected by Harness Racing South Australia. Each panel member allocates points based on what they consider to be the three best training or driving performances at each meeting, not necessarily winning performances. Graham Fischer

Grand Circuit winner Bling It On was crowned New South Wales Horse of the Year at tonight's Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing NSW Awards Night at the Hilton Sydney. Having received 100 per cent of the votes to be given this prestigious honour, Bling It On had a stellar 2016/17 season winning the A.G. Hunter Cup, the Group 2 Smoken Up Sprint, a Group 2 Inter Dominion Heat and a fast-finishing fourth in the Inter Dominion Final. The positive news revealed when driver Luke McCarthy accepted the award was that Bling It On's rehabilitation progress has been successful following his potentially career-ending race-fall at Albion Park in June 2017. After standing a season at stud following the incident, the seven-year-old is set for a racetrack return. Harness Racing New South Wales would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of tonight's award winners and nominees. Please see full list of awards below that were presented in front of the large crowd, hosted by the legendary John Tapp, at tonight's function. HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS Arthur J. Gallagher NSW Horse of the Year: Bling It On Club Menangle NSW Two-Year-Old of the Year: Castalong Shadow Club Menangle NSW Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Castalong Shadow Club Menangle NSW Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: My Sweetchilliphilly IntelliTek NSW Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year: Viksun Cockburn & Co NSW Three-Year-Old of the Year: Don't Think Twice Cockburn & Co NSW Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Atomic Red Cockburn & Co NSW Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Don't Think Twice Albury HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year: Pegasus Elegance KS Black & Co NSW Aged Horse of the Year: Bling It On KS Black & Co NSW Aged Entire/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Bling It On KS Black & Co NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year: Cyclone Kate Bulli HRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year: On Thunder Road TRAINER AND DRIVER AWARDS TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence: Darren Hancock Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country): Brad Elder Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro): Ellen Rixon Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Driver: David Druitt Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Trainer: Matt Schembri Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Trotting Trainer and Driver: Blake Fitzpatrick Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Junior Driver: Chris Geary Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Driver: Amanda Turnbull Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Trainer: Steve Turnbull Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle First Lady: Lauren Tritton Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Driver: Todd McCarthy Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Trainer: John McCarthy BREEDING AWARDS Bankstown HRC NSW Broodmare of the Year: Miss Brazillian Wagga HRC NSW Sire of the Year: Million Dollar Cam Stablecraft Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry: the Carmody Family DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS HRNSW Don Clough Award: Wayne Smith HRNSW Industry Contribution Award: John Crittenden HRNSW Club Volunteer Awards: Helen Leonard (Bankstown HRC), Geoff Cole (Western Districts and Parkes HRC), Ian Warren (Bathurst HRC), Jon Watts (Inverell HRC), Linda Taylor (Eugowra HRC), Bill Taylor (Eugowra HRC), Ronald Jones (Eugowra HRC) and Maree Brown (Hawkesbury Trainers Association) TABCORP CLUB AWARDS Best Community Engagement Club: Maitland HRC Best Fraternity Engagement Club: Bathurst HRC Best New Innovation Club (Promotion/Marketing): Orange HRC Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $50,000: Leeton HRC Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $25,000: Orange HRC Best Club with a feature to race to a maximum of $14,000: Temora HRC Best Club with a feature to a maximum of $12,000: Cootamundra HRC AMANDA RANDO

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) in conjunction with IRT, the world’s most trusted international horse transport company, is pleased to announce the awards to our industry’s premier breeding achievers for the 2016/2017 season. These awards recognise the achievements of harness racing’s top sires and broodmare sires. Congratulations to all the winners and their connections. Geoff Want Chairman   2016/2017 GLOBE DERBY AWARDS - (Proudly sponsored by IRT) BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 6th time) - Leading Sire by Stakemoney BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 3rd time) - Leading Juvenile Sire by Stakemoney MAJESTIC SON CA (for the 2nd time) - Leading Sire of Trotters by Stakemoney   2016/2017 Statistics LEADING SIRE BY STAKEMONEY BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 6th time) 511 starters 370 winners 1026 wins $10,843,324 LEADING SIRE OF 2YO’S BY STAKEMONEY  ART MAJOR USA (for the 6th Time) 92 starters 34 winners 66 wins $930,065 LEADING SIRE OF 3YO’S BY STAKEMONEY  BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 5th time) 101 starters 75 winners 199 wins $1,866,923 LEADING JUVENILE SIRE BY STAKEMONEY (2&3YO’S)  BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 3rd time) 145 starters 104 winners 250 wins $2,474,601 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE BY STAKEMONEY  CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ (for the 1st time) 294 starters 203 wqinners 601 wins $5,869,396 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 2YO’S BY STAKEMONEY  ART MAJOR USA (for the 1st time) 42 starters 23 winners 47 wins $634,477 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 3YO’S BY STAKEMONEY  CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ (for the 2nd time) 63 starters 44 winners 139 wins $901,867 LEADING SIRE OF TROTTERS BY STAKEMONEY  MAJESTIC SON CA (for the 2nd time) 80 starters 43 winners 95 wins $1,077,192 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF TROTTERS BY STAKEMONEY  SUNDON USA (for the 7th time) 153 starters 89 winners 218 wins $2,145,529 LEADING SIRE BY WINNERS  BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 2nd time) – 370 LEADING SIRE OF 2YO’S BY WINNERS  ART MAJOR USA (for the 7th time) – 34 LEADING SIRE OF 3YO’S BY WINNERS  BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 4th time) – 75 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE BY WINNERS  HOLMES HANOVER USA (for the 10th time) – 212 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 2YO’S BY WINNERS  ART MAJOR USA (for the 1st time) – 23 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 3YO’S BY WINNERS  CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ (for the 2nd time) – 44

The rise and rise of harness racing trainer Emma Stewart continued unabated at Gordon Rothacker Medal 2017 on Sunday night. Stewart’s powerhouse operation, top-three on the national top 20 chart three years running, was honoured with numerous Victorian season accolades at Crown Palladium. And while Stewart’s third successive metro and state trainers’ Victorian premiership double had the champion trainer both thrilled and full of praise for her dedicated team – including husband Clayton Tonkin, who she said was “the backbone of the operation” – it was the announcement that Stewart was the 2017 Angelique Club Pearl Kelly Award recipient that had her most taken aback. “I’m accepting this award, but everyone who works for me is involved, family, owners, it’s their award as well. I’m so humbled to get this. It’s something I never thought would happen,” Stewart said. “Our parents – both our mums – look after Willow, and our dads are really important as well. “Our staff are terrific … we’ve got so many good people who work for us. And with our big numbers you need people you can trust and we’re so lucky they love our horses as much as we do.” Stewart spoke of her career beginning with legendary Great Western horseman Peter Manning and declared one of her stable’s biggest opponents on the track, Natalie Rasmussen, as the woman in harness racing she “especially looks up to”. “I started out with Peter and he was terrific to me. Kerryn (Manning) and Natalie at the time were dominant drivers. We’ve always had great female role models,” Stewart said. “In fact it’s a female dominated sport you could probably say, which is just terrific.” Stewart’s role in the sport today transcends the winners she produces on the track. She has charisma in spades and has embraced the media and promotion of the industry wholeheartedly in recent years. Both are traits that also embodied the late, great Vin Knight in an era many describe as the halcyon days. Stewart-trained horses won four Horse of the Year titles on Sunday night, Poster Boy (2yo pacing colts & geldings), Nostra Villa (two-year-old fillies), Our Little General (three-year-old colts & geldings) and Heavens Trend (four-year-old mares). And season 2017-18 looks set to be another Stewart success as she is already leading the way on the national premiership with a phenomenal 42.5 per cent strike rate. Jim O'Sullivan was awarded the Gordon Rothacker Medal on Sunday night, while HRV honoured Doug Gretgrix for his years of service by awarding the long-time starter the HRV Disitinguished Service Medal. For a full recap of awards, click here. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Trotting stalwarts Peter Sullivan and John Heath were honoured at the inaugural Trotters Association of New South Wales Awards Night at Penrith Paceway on October 13. Both were presented with Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their distinguished service and dedication to the advancement trotting in the state. There were many other highlights that entertained the 135 guests in attendance with the Master of Ceremonies, the voice of racing, John Tapp setting the tone for the evening. Special guests were trotting icons Chris and Graeme Lang who flew from Victoria to take part in the “On The Couch” interview with ‘Tappy’ with the father and son sharing stories of their training exploits and their thoughts of the future for totting in Australia. This proved to be a very popular, well received and a much talked about segment. At the conclusion of the Awards ceremonies the guests danced the night away to the live music from the rock and roll band Midlife Crisis, led by David Tapp. Other Awards: The Allied Express TANSW Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year 2016/17 was won by the elegant Queen of Clevedon, a brown Filly by Rock N Roll Heaven (USA) from Clevedon Betty owned, bred and raced by the well-known father and daughter partnership of Danny and Christie Rothwell. Queen of Clevedon was the winner of the HRNSW Trot and Heat 3 of the NSW Trotters Foundation Series. The NSWSOA TANSW Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year 2016/17 was won by the talented Empire Bay, a bay gelding by The Pres (CA) from Miss Adelade (NZ) owned and raced by well-known Trotting aficionado Michael Taylor. Empire Bay was the winner of the HRNSW Trotters Foundation Series and the HRNSW Trot. Empire Bay is trained and driven by the talented horseman Blake Fitzpatrick. The HorsePower TANSW Open Class Trotter of the Year 2016/17 was won by the flamboyant Quillabamba, a bay gelding by Yankee Paco (USA) from Urabamba owned, bred and raced by trotting enthusiast Kevin Hipkins. Quillabamba was the winner of The Trotters Marathon and The Trot It Out Saturday just to name a few. Quillabamba is trained and driven by Blake Fitzpatrick. The Fitzpatrick Family Racing Stables TANSW Trotting Mare of the Year 2016/17 was won by the stylish Rompers Monarchy, a bay mare by Monarchy (USA) from Amandas Gem (NZ) owned and raced by the adept husband and wife training partnership of Joe and Mary Rando. Rompers Monarchy won six races last season and was the second-fastest trotter winning in 1:54.9. Rompers Monarchy is trained by Joe and Mary Rando. The Global Bloodstock TANSW Trotting Driver of the Year 2016/17 was won by talented reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick from the gifted young duo of Chris Geary and David Morris. The Agnes Banks Equine Veterinary Centre TANSW Trotting Trainer of the Year 2016/17 was a strongly contested category won by Blake Fitzpatrick from the dynamic training duo Joe and Mary Rando closely followed by the “first lady” of harness racing KerryAnn Turner. The Trotters Association of NSW Awards Night would not have been able to “Trot It Out” without the generous support and sponsorship from Agnes Banks Equine Veterinary Centre, Allied Express, Daniel Cordina, Global Bloodstock, Garrards Horse and Hound, Horseland Richmond, HorsePower, Harness Racing New South Wales, Mitavite, and Zilco. New South Wales

Gorse Bush has long been considered one of Tasmania's best broodmares and that status was confirmed when she was inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Gorse Bush was Tasmanian Broodmare of the Year six times with her first being awarded in the 2006/07 season. She is the Dam of 10 foals of which nine are winners with her greatest claim to fame being the dam of Beautide, the dual Inter-Dominion Champion in 2014 and 2015. Gorse Bush won 10 races herself a had earnings of $48,413. She is by Ticket To Heaven from the Holly Sand mare Barrington Lass. Beautide was the winner of 49 races including the 2013 Miracle Mile and is the highest stake money earner in the history of Tasmanian harness racing... winning in excess of $2 million dollars. Gorse Bush's success doesn't end with the dual Australian Horse of the Year, she is also the dam of Death and Taxes, winner of 15 races including the 2006 Bandbox Final and Ashkalini the 2009 Evicus Stakes winner. Ashkalini has gone on to become the dam of three foals, all winners including Ignatius, the Australasian record holder for a 2YO, recording a mile rate of 1:51:3 when he won the Breeders Challenge final at Menangle this year. The mare is owned and was bred by Barrie and Denise Rattray. Gorse Bush will deservedly go down in history as one of the all-time greats of the states breeding industry and richly deserves her place in the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Peter Staples

Lochinvar harness racing stalwarts Pam and Bill Tomlin are coming off their greatest win but not expecting another at Newcastle International Paceway on Saturday night. The Tomlins were given the Dick Osborn Medal for services to the industry at the Newcastle and Hunter Valley awards last week. The couple are life members of the Newcastle Harness Racing Club and remain involved in owning, breeding and training. Pam was the NHRC secretary for more than a decade and Bill was instrumental in constructing the Newcastle track and maintaining it over several stints as curator. They were both friends of Osborn, the late legendary trainer-driver, and said it was a great thrill to take out the award. Superstar Glowie, the only pacer trained by Bill, will race in the C1 heat of the Menangle Country Series at Newcastle on Saturday night but will start from the extreme outside in gate 10. “No hope, not from out there,” Bill said. “If Dale [Spencer] drives her out of the gate, she doesn’t get home. She’s going to have to drop out and get a cart and hopefully she gets home. It’s a pretty good field.” Also at last week’s function, Peter Allen won the Ros Falconer Memorial Award for services to the industry. The Aaron Goadsby-trained Takara Truffle was named Newcastle Horse of the Year, Clayton Harmey claimed the Newcastle and Hunter Valley premierships, Mark Callaghan and Brad Elder shared the drivers’ titles and Stacie Elliott and Laura Spencer took out the Newcastle lady trainers’ and drivers’ titles respectively. Yourblueyescrying was most successful filly and Lethal Star the top mare. The Mathew Jenkins Encouragement award went to Jake Hughes. By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald  

Riverina harness racing driver Cameron Hart drove 50 winners during the 2016/17 season and subsequently has been nominated for this year's Daily Form Service Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award. Hart started his driving career on a winning note in April 2016 and last season was honoured for his efforts when asked to represent the Riverina in the New South Wales Rising Stars Series. Alongside Hart in this year's nominees for the Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award is fellow Riverina reinsman Peter McRae who also represented his region in the Rising Stars Series. McRae steered 26 winners last season and drove a winner during the Rising Stars Series and finished third overall. Meanwhile, fellow drivers that competed in this year's Rising Stars Series and also nominated for the Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award are Brad Elder, Madi Young and McKayler Barnes. Brad Elder, had a memorable 2016/17 season driving 55 winners which included his first Group winner. Madi Young from Worrigee also has her best season to date, travelling throughout state and landing 19 winners while also being an ambassador for Team Teal. Bathurst based driver McKayler Barnes tripled her previous best season during 2016/17 driving 15 winners. The recipient of this Award will be given a travel scholarship to New Zealand where they will spend two weeks learning from leading trainers and drivers. Nominees for the 2016/17 Daily Form Service Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award are: Brad Elder Cameron Hart Madi Young McKayler Barnes Peter McRae Harness Racing New South Wales would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the nominees and look forward to the Award announcement on Saturday October 28 at the Hilton Sydney Grand Ballroom. For tickets to the event please contact Kate Dumesny at or (02) 9722 6672. AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Harness Racing fans have put forward their nominations and from this five drives in New South Wales in the 2016/17 season have been selected for the TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence. The winner of this inaugural award will be announced at the Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing NSW Awards Night on October 28 at the Hilton Sydney. And those that vote for the winner go into the draw to win a $2000 Tabcorp account. The five drives in question are: Geoff Simpson – ‘Early move secures the win’ – CASTALONG SHADOW (Bathurst 25/03/17 – No.6) WATCH REPLAY   Brad Elder – ‘Patience pays off’ – DAYS END (Newcastle 6/05/17 – No.9) WATCH REPLAY   Darren Hancock – ‘Weaving magic in the shadows of the post’ – DON KEE (Menangle 20/02/17 – No.4) WATCH REPLAY Chris Geary – ‘The last stride’ – THE SYSTEM STRIDE (Penrith 8/12/16 – No.3) WATCH REPLAY   Ray Walker – ‘Early tactics pays dividends’ – OUR RED JACK (Wagga 25/7/17 – No.7) WATCH REPLAY To vote go to: Voting closes on Wednesday October 18 at 5pm. Harness Racing New South Wales

THE Arthur J. Gallagher Industry Awards Night is fast approaching and harness racing nominees for the TAB Carnival of Cups Club categories have been finalised. Flowing on from the same structure as last year, clubs will also be acknowledged for their community and fraternity engagement as well as innovation. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $50,000 (but no less than $25,001) are: Bathurst – Shirley Turnbull Memorial meeting December 26, 2016 Leeton – Breeders Plate meeting January 1, 2017 Wagga – Wagga Cup meeting March 4, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was Eugowra. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $25,000 (but no less than $14,001) are: Orange – Banjo Patterson Cup February 12, 2017 Parkes – Langlands Hanlon Sprint December 31, 2016 Junee – Junee Cup January 26, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was Parkes. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $14,000 (but no less than $10,001) are: Temora – Temora Cup January 14, 2017 West Wyalong – West Wyalong Cup April 23, 2017 Cowra – Cowra Cup May 14, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was West Wyalong. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of not more than $12,000 are: Cootamundra – Wattle Time Cup March 19, 2017 Coolamon – Coolamon Cup, April 27, 2017 Forbes – Forbes Services Memorial Final, April 30, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was Griffith. There are also awards for: Best Community Engagement Club 2016 winner – Goulburn Best Fraternity Engagement Club 2016 winner – Leeton Best New Innovation Club 2016 winner – Temora This year’s TAB Carnival of Cups Club award winners will each receive a $5000 prize - $3000 of which to be used towards prizemoney and $2000 to be used for on-course promotion. Harness Racing New South Wales would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the nominated clubs and look forward to the Award announcements on Saturday October 28 at the Hilton Sydney Grand Ballroom. For tickets to the event please contact Kate Dumesny at or (02) 9722 6672. AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

It was a huge night for the Singleton duo, Charlie Shearer and  Aaron Goadsby, at the annual Hunter Valley Harness Racing Awards Night.  In her inaugural season, Shearer’s prized filly, Takara Truffle, took out not one but two ‘Horse of the Year’ awards.  With a select panel judging her the most deserving of the top gong which is the coveted TAB sponsored Newcastle Horse of the Year title. Prior to this she was also judged Horse of the Year by the Hunter Valley Owners and Trainers. The impressive filly won 12 races in her three- year-old season; enjoying success at Bankstown, Tamworth, Maitland, Newcastle, Bathurst, and Albion Park in Queensland as well as notching up three Metropolitan wins at Tabcorp Park, Menangle –  including two Group 3 wins.   Takara Truffle And, her wins in the Group 3 Go Girlfriend series and the Group 3 Baby Bling Stakes were against older and more seasoned fillies and mares. She finished the season with 24 starts for 12 wins, 3 seconds and 3 fourths and was only out of the major money on six occasions and this returned prize money in excess of $91, 000. Upon accepting the accolade, Shearer said he looks forward to the racing ahead with his pride and joy. “It’s a great honor to win this award,” he said. While her trainer, Goadsby, picked up a Trainer of the Year award for those who had 25 runners or less on Hunter tracks this season. He recorded six wins from nine starts. Goadsby said the filly has enjoyed six weeks in the paddock and is now looking forward to her four year-old season of racing.  As such no racing program has been set out but he indicated that we won’t see Takara Truffle back to the races before the New Year.  He thanked both the Mericeca and Camilleri families along with farrier Ray Barwick because without their help and assistance “none of this could have been possible”. Charlie Shearer   Reprinted with permission of the Singleton Argus site

Charles Cooley was one of the founding fathers of harness racing in Tasmania so it is just reward that he has finally made it into the Tasmanian harness Racing Hall of fame. Cooley was born in Hobart in 1870 and he was a pioneer of trotting in Tasmania and became a Foundation member of the Hobart Trotting Club. He also enjoyed success as an owner, trainer and driver-rider. His best horses included Black Bess with 8 wins, Acacia notched up seven victories with Bruno winning the Champion Mile in 1904. Cooley was the first Tasmanian trainer to win professional races in Melbourne and Sydney in the early 1900's. He imported Dolly Berlin from New Zealand, the Dam of champion racehorse and sire Berlinwood. His career as a race rider was cut short in a race fall in 1913 but he quickly bounced back turning his hand to administration, carrying out roles as judge, handicapper and starter for his beloved Hobart Trotting Club. Charles Cooley passed away in 1922 so it is almost century on that one of the founding fathers of trotting in Tasmania has finally been honoured as an inductee to the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Peter Staples

W H (Hec) Baker was regarded as one of the best Tasmanian reinsmen to sit in a sulky and in Hobart last night the former great was inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame at a gala awards ceremony at Luxbet Park. Baker's career covered four decades from 1945 to 1976 during which time he drove 516 winners and was the state's leading driver on two occasions in 1957/8 and 1965/66. He handled the ribbons on a number of outstanding pacers none greater than champion Chamfers Star. The pair combined to capture the 1964 Easter Cup and the 1965 Tasmanian Pacing Championship. Baker won the Tasmanian Derby three times. He won aboard Raider Chimes 1956, Jimmy Maru (1960) and in 1970 he won with Atok. Pipriki was successful in the Danbury Park Cup while Raizaire proved too good in the 1957 Show Cup. Baker also enjoyed triple success in the The Metropolitan Cup with Tasara in 1958, in 1961 with Shannon Bay and again with Karaman in 1974. There were also Dual successes in the Brighton Cup with Hideaway and Prince Chamfer and the Westbury Cup partnering Fantastic and Lulu O'Neill. Baker is regarded as one of the doyens's of Tasmanian Harness Racing and is a deserving inductee to the Hall Of Fame. Peter Staples  

Chester Bullock was rewarded for his long-term involvement in Tasmanian harness racing when he was last night inducted into the Tasmanian Harness racing Hall of Fame. Bullock is a long term active participant in almost every aspect of Tasmanian harness racing including ownership, breeding, training and administration. Born at St Marys, Chester's father Keith was the St Marys Trotting Club Treasurer and his mother, Doris, loved to have a small wager on horse racing. Chester spent much of his youth at St Marys at the harness stables of Linton Bullock and Eric Bean, before moving to Launceston when he was 16 years of age. Chester put his toe in the water with his first purchase, a yearling, Thunder Fame which won two races in 1984 when trained by Eric Bean. Chester had been bitten by the bug and acquired more mares, yearlings and racehorses and in 1986 decided to purchase a property at Riverside to accommodate his rapidly expanding harness operation. An 1,100 metre track was constructed on the flats adjoining the Tamar River, where the legendary Jack Stamford previously trained. Many prominent trainers took up residence at the Bullock training establishment. David Angus was the initial trainer and Mark Stanley, Rohan Hadley, James Rattray and Todd Rattray all had stints training from the Bullock property. Chester acquired his training license in 1990 and has prepared 68 winners from the complex. They include Cardinal Nelson (10 wins) and Cardinal Tucker (7 wins). In 1998, Chester and his daughter Julia established an AI Breeding Station at the Riverside property. Since then, Fred and Pauline Barker, Trevor Leis and Lloyd Whish-Wilson have been some of the many prominent Tasmanian breeders who have used the facility. Chester has played a significant role in racing administration. It commenced at the Launceston Pacing Club (LPC) at Elphin in 1984. Three years later he resigned from the committee while he filled the position of Project Manager for the new Mowbray Racing Complex including the 1,000 metre harness track. He returned to the LPC committee in 2000 until the present day and took over as President in 2016. Chester joined the Northern Tasmanian Light Harness Association in 1995 where he has served 23 years as President. In 2006, he joined a group of participants to establish the Tasmanian division of BOTRA, the Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association and he was immediately elected President, serving seven years in the role. Since 2009, has represented the LPC and/or NTLHA at the quarterly Tasracing Harness Industry Forum meetings and he is also a member of the Tasracing Harness Yearling Sale Working Group. Through his company Bullock Consulting, now 60 Degrees, Chester has been one of the major harness sponsors in Tasmania over the last 23 years, extending sponsorship and support to all clubs around the state as well being the major sponsor and supporter of the Youngbloods Series for our young star drivers of the future. Peter Staples

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