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The Cam’s Card Shark horse Million Dollar Cam, a Little Brown Jug winner and now at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, has been represented by some promising two-year-olds from his first Australian crop. Million Dollar Cam, who took a record of 1:50.2 at 3 years and won almost $970,000 in stakes, has a foal crop of only 60 and already 14 have started and three have won and a further six have been placed. They include the impressive Tasmanian Debutante winner Karalta Impulse, the brilliant first-up Bathurst winner Ameretto and last Saturday’s runaway Albury victor Riley James. With 14 starters from 60 foals, Million Dollar Cam is off to a sensational start, being the leading NSW first-season percentage sire in that category, while he ranks second on a winners-to-foals percentage basis, according to the Harness Racing Australia computer on March 17. Eight of Million Dollar Cam’s second crop will go up for auction at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale next Sunday afternoon at the Bathurst Showground as part of the 21-strong Yirribee Stud consignment. The draft includes a half-brother to the Linden Huntley Little winner Mighty River ($420,590), a half-brother to the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion Muddy River ($207,313), a half-brother to the $130,000 winner Itsokaytobefake (1:55.3) and a filly from the Albion Park winner Miss McBee. There’s also a colt from a Northern Lights daughter of the Victoria Oaks winner Shelly Lee and a colt out of a half-sister to the multiple Cups winner Royal Surprise ($229,879). In North America, Million Dollar Cam’s stock has earned more than $20-million to date and he has sired seven in the 1:50 list. By Peter Wharton (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

For the first time in the city’s history, Wagga’s three racing codes will come under the national spotlight on the same day this Friday. The Murrumbidgee Turf Club will commence racing in the afternoon, followed by the Wagga Greyhound Club in the afternoon before the Wagga Harness Racing Club runs that night. While two of the codes have previously raced on the same day or night, this is the first time all three have held TAB meetings. All meetings will be broadcast to a national and international audience through Sky Racing. The harness and greyhound clubs will have a gap between meetings with both to conduct ten race programs. Between the three meetings close to $200,000 prize money will be offered with a total of 28 races to be run. “The thoroughbred and greyhound meetings will run some races during the afternoon period before the harness racing meeting begins,” Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said. “The main issue is with shared staff like broadcasters, clerks of the course, judges and TAB staff, but there are enough people to cover all meetings.” The three codes on the one day wasn’t a planned initiative and came about purely through a clash of race dates. Newcastle has previously run the three codes on the same day, while in Victoria Cranbourne has done likewise. Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia

The commanding end-to-end win of Allnight Kiss in the $15,000 final of the Sale Graduate Race for two-year-old harness racing fillies at Bathurst on Wednesday night has given the forthcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale a tremendous boost. Allnight Kiss, a filly by Modern Art, is the second foal out of the Aces N Sevens mare Sheb Ace, whose third foal, a colt by $4-million winner Mister Big, will go under the hammer as Lot 28 at the Bathurst sale. The first foal, Ultimate Ace, has won three races so far and holds a mark of 1:58. Only lightly raced, Allnight Kiss was bought for $21,000 by Golgong couple Gary and Marg Meredith at last year’s Bathurst sale. The Mister Big half-brother to Allnight Kiss is being offered by Wagga breeders Denis and Jo Howe, and is one of only two colts by the world’s richest pacing stallion to be presented at the sale. The Howe family’s five-prong consignment also includes a Courage Under Fire half-brother to this week’s impressive Cranbourne winner Soho Wonder. The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling, comprising 186 lots by 50 different sires, will be held on Sunday, March 23 at the Bathurst Showground. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton

Albury will host a TAB Carnival Of Cups meeting this Saturday night, the first of three programmed during the month of March for southern New South Wales. The Commercial Club Albury Cup is the feature event and looks a suitable target for the Col Thomas trained Dealer considering the four year old has recorded three victories in his past five starts. "He's no champion but he is very honest and I think the 2570 metres is going to be a big plus for him because he keeps on going," Thomas said. "I had planned to send him to Kerryann Turner at Menangle in March but when they announced they were closing the track for resurfacing I thought it might be best to keep him with me and chase a few of the Carnival Of Cup races with a few to be run around my area." The horse is raced by a good friend of Thomas'. "Robbie Wakeman owns Dealer, he delivers the bread to different places around Leeton and comes out and helps me as soon as he is finished in the mornings and is a great help around the stable." "He tells me he is going to retire in April which is music to my ears because that means he will have more time to spend with me at the stables giving me a hand." Talented juvenile Business In Motion is close to a return despite not being sighted at the trials. "I was hoping to start him at Albury but the race didn't stand up, the Wagga Derby might be a good option the following week and then I was considering taking him back to Bathurst during the Gold Crown carnival but there is also a good option in Victoria so I will just wait and see how he goes early on in the preparation." "He hasn't raced since the middle of last year and while he hurt his leg it wasn't serious and he has just had a really good break." Greg Hayes - SKY Racing               Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E:| W: &       Warning to recipients:   This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.            

Three bonuses will add to the Carnival Of Cups at Albury, Wagga and Young early next month with more than $250,000 prizemoney to be distributed. The three $1000 bonuses have been offered by the three clubs along with ITP (Income Tax Professionals). The first bonus will be for the best performed horse in the three cups, the second to the leading Riverina trainer over the three meetings and the last will be an open draw. Albury will commence the big three on March 1, followed by Wagga and Young on consecutive Saturday nights. Young Harness Racing Club secretary Brian Ingram said the bonuses would add extra interest to the meetings. “It’s a great thing for the three clubs to get together to offer the bonuses,” he said. “It gives the Riverina owners and trainers a great chance to earn additional money.” Young’s meeting will be the richest in the region with a $45,000 Cup and $16,000 Oaks for three-year-old fillies. Albury’s carnival will be held next Saturday and is expected to attract a lot of interest from Victorian trainers. Albury president Jeff Hogan hopes the bonuses will help draw additional horses. “There is a lot of money being offered between the three meetings and the bonuses allow every owner and trainer the chance to earn something extra,” he said. Wagga is the middle leg of the three Carnival Of Cups and the first the club has held since October, 2012. “We held two Carnival Of Cups in the space of six months in 2012 and not one in 2013 because of the way the dates fell,” Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said. “This date on a Saturday night at the start of autumn is ideal. “I’m expecting it to be the biggest meeting we have held at Wagga for a few seasons for that reason.” ITP franchisee Simon Rosengren said his business was pleased to support the bonus for the trainers who race their pacers week in and week out. “The open draw bonus allows every trainer the chance to win $1000 even if their horse runs last,” he said. Wagga will also offer a $1000 holiday prize for one lucky racegoer, while country music star Adam Brand will perform between races on March 8. Meanwhile, Wagga is supporting the fundraiser for Ganmain boy Jake Underwood who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia. Fund raising organisers will conduct a major raffle at Wagga’s meeting where first prize is a 420 litre fridge. Harness Racing New South Wales

Superstar mare Frith will add to the Wagga TAB Carnival Of Cups with an exhibition workout next month. Frith will be close to resume racing at the time of Wagga's biggest meeting of the year on Saturday night, March 8, which works in perfectly with the plans of trainer-driver Bruce Harpley. The four-year-old is the reigning NSW pacer of the year and will resume racing shortly after the hit out. "I may work her with a galloping pacemaker so the date fits in very well as she has been back doing pacework for a few weeks and is ready to step it up a bit more," he said. Frith's appearance will be a major drawcard given her magnificent feats in the past two years which includes several Group 1 victories across Australia. She has rarely raced in the region since her early two-year-old days winning four of her five starts here and finishing second at Wagga. Frith has won her past 12 starts with her overall record standing at 22 wins, 4 secobnds and one third from 28 starts for prizemoney of close to $620,000. Harpley said Frith will resume racing on a suitable Metropolitan handicap. "She is an MO, but a C12 so finding races in the country will be very difficult," he said. Meanwhile, it won't be just the best pacer in the cups or the leading local trainer but any trainer who has a runner at the three local TAB Carnival of Cups in March who has the chance of securing some additional cash. Albury, Wagga and Young have joined forces with three $1000 bonuses for their cup meetings on March 1, 8 and 15. The best performed cups horse will win connections $1000, the leading local trainer an additional $1000, while there will be an open trainer's draw worth the same amount of money. "It's the first time the three major meetings have fallen on three straight Saturday's so we wanted to offer something extra for owners and trainers," Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said. "The three clubs have put up the money along with ITP who were keen to promote a bonus for the three meetings. "The cup races are all of a similar grade and distance so it's possible for trainers to target the meetings. "An open draw allows every trainer who has a runner the chance to also win." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

A strong card of eight races including the Banjo Patterson Cup and a performance by Australian country singer Adam Brand headline Sunday's Carnival Of Cups meeting at the Orange Paceway. Wagga Wagga trainer Bernie Kelly has selected the feature as the comeback race for his talented pacer Macca Kelly but has tempered his expectations after drawing barrier five. "Macca Kelly is having his first start since the regional final of the Breeders Challenge last season in July. He has had plenty of work and a trial, but the wide draw is a bit of a concern," Kelly said. "He won his only trial, I'm very happy with him and how he performs on the weekend will probably decide in which direction I go with him moving forward, I'm weighing up the option of sending him to Queensland for a little while but I haven't really thought that all through at the moment." Macca Kelly has won more than $160,000 in his career and spent time in Victoria with talented trainer Emma Stewart. "I sent him down to Emma for a while and she did a good job with him but he hasn't gone to the heights that I had thought he may have as a young horse, he's not a big horse, he's a real nugget and is still a bit big in condition." "I nominated his full brother Bernies Idol in the two year old race on Sunday as well but I'm going to take him out and wait for another day, he is eligible for the Australian Pacing Gold and I think he is a nice horse." Miss Paula is the mother of Macca Kelly and Bernies Idol and at the age of 24 is still producing. "I have been using the embryo transfer with Miss Paula and it is great to be able to prolong her breeding career with it, she might be 24 years old but she only looks about 14 and when you have a broodmare gem like her you want her to be able to keep producing for as long as she can." The Banjo Patterson Cup is race seven at Orange on Sunday and will start 5:43pm with country music star Adam Brand performing LIVE during the course of the day. Just by being on course one lucky patron will go into the draw to win a brand new Toyota Yaris. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Former Wagga Harness Racing Club president and life member Robbie Jack passed away this morning in Wagga Base Hospital. Robbie was a stalwart of harness racing in the region winning multiple training and driving premierships. There were few better front running drivers than R D Jack. He has left a generation of trainers and drivers with two of his sons, David and Russell, and grandsons, Daniel, Nathan and Royce, all involved in harness racing. Robbie trained some of the best pacers to come from the region including Yeronga Songbird, Direct Silver, Liret, Sheza Haze, Incandescent and numerous others who won feature races at Harold Park, Moonee Valley and beyond. Robbie was 81. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Hunter Valley trainer Aaron Garaty will have two chances in Saturday's Maitland Inter City Pace after qualifying Hit For Six and My Aliyana in Sunday's heats. Hit For Six was first up from a three month break but proved too strong in his heat while My Aliyana chased home former kiwi Ardghal finishing third. "It is going to be a big ask for Hit For Six in the final because he will be forced to run two mile and a half races in the space of a week at his first two runs back from a spell but I am just happy to have two runners in the final," Garaty said. "My Aliyana is probably the better chance of my two, she has been racing very consistently recently, I think she has won five of her last thirteen starts." Mitchell Frost drove both of Garaty's runners in the heats but looks set to drive My Aliyana in the final. "I'm pretty sure Mitchell will be driving My Aliyana but I haven't had a chance to speak with all of the owners in Hit For Six so at this stage I'm unsure who will be driving him." "Unfortunately I am suspended from driving at the moment but I'm going to be cheering loudly for both of them on Saturday night." Garaty only has twelve horses in work so to get two horses into the Inter City Pace is a tremendous effort. "I have been having a pretty good run recently, I got a treble last week and things before that have been going really well, I've got some nice horses and great owners too." "I've had a bit of luck with horses from the Wagga area, we got Hit For Six from down there, I know Andrew and Tim Doherty and they have been putting me onto a couple of horses that look suited to racing here in the Hunter." Maitland's Inter City Pace meeting is part of the successful HRNSW TAB Carnival Of Cups circuit. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Dale Walker    

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

The first TAB Carnival Of Cups meeting for the season will be run at Eugowra next Monday with the Canola Cup attracting the strongest field in the 15 year history of the race. The $20,000 C0 event has attracted horses from all parts of New South Wales and Victorian trainer Steve Duffy is hoping to upset the locals with his talented four year old pacer Almost El Eagle. "I took Almost El Eagle to Wagga late last season before the Breeders Crown and I was having a chat to David Druitt and he told me that if things worked out and the horse was still a C0 that the Canola Cup is a race that I should target," Duffy said. "After the Breeders Crown I was able to give him a week off and then I trained him out of a paddock for another week so it really freshened him up. He has come up pretty quickly and the run in the heats would have topped him off nicely for the final." Talented reinsman Blake Jones will retain the drive in the final after Sunday's heat victory. "Blake will drive him again, he did a good job and he said that the horse did it pretty comfortably in the heat, he has driven him twice for two wins, hopefully he can make it three from three." "I drove him a couple of times early on in his career but that was when he was a bit fizzy and could get fierce in the run but he is a more relaxed horse and much more tractable." Almost El Eagle is part owned by a group of people from the Shepparton East Football Club. "My two youngest sons used to play in the under 14's and under 17's for the club, they have since moved on but that's how I met the group." "There will probably be four of us cheering him on next Monday, the trip to Eugowra takes about five hours and forty minutes from my place and I did the trip up and back in the one day on Sunday and I will be doing the same for the final, the horse is a very good traveller and it doesn't knock him around." Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Goulburn trainer Neil Day will be looking for his seventh success in the Canola Cup at Eugowra on Monday when Armalife competes in his second straight final. The five year old only raced twice last season, winning a heat of the Canola Cup before finishing seventh in last year's final behind the Peter Trevor-Jones trained Beetson. "Armalife is a very nice horse but he has had an issue with his feet which forced him to have some time off," Day said. "He suffered a quarter crack twelve months ago so he had to have a fair break to recover and then I thought I might as well give him a little bit longer and bring him back for the Canola Cup again." Armalife won the Riverina Derby in 2012 at Wagga accounting for the multiple Gr.1 winner Grand Stride. "We've had a bit of success with him and he's beaten a couple of nice horses, the horse was well supported when he won the Derby at Wagga and he also was impressive at Canberra when he beat Macca Kelly earlier in his career." "Ideally he would have had another couple of runs under his belt but because Canberra aren't racing at the moment I was forced to abandon the restricted races I was targeting but the run in the heat would have done him the world of good and I'm expecting him to strip a lot fitter on Monday." Eugowra is one of the TAB Carnival Of Cups meetings run across New South Wales and Day believes it is the strongest Canola Cup he has seen and was just happy to qualify one for the final. "The series gets better and better every year and the club should be applauded for what they have done with the race, I like to support the club every year if I can." "It's very hard to narrow it down to one main danger because there are probably six or seven realistic hopes in the race but I thought the Victorian horse Almost El Eagle was very good in front and ran a pretty slick last half." Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Riverina trainer Jack Painting will be entitled to a sleep in next Monday morning after a busy six day stretch that will see the horseman campaign at four different meetings across New South Wales and Victoria. Painting was racing at Shepparton on Tuesday night and plans to be at Wagga this Friday, Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday and Eugowra on Sunday. "I don't keep track of how many kilometres I travel every year but it would be plenty and this week is one where I will rack up plenty of time on the road," Painting said. "I headed to Victoria on Tuesday and I will be doing three meetings in three days over the weekend with Wagga, Menangle and Eugowra so hopefully I can have a little bit of luck and make it all worthwhile." Painting has a number of chances at Menangle on Saturday night and is hoping Living Lord can start the night well for the stable. "Living Lord had his first run back from a break last week at Menangle and was only beaten two and a half metres but he blew up big over the back and I think he is going to derive plenty of benefit from the run." "I had targeted this country M0 race for him so it would be nice to see him come back and win it, I haven't planned too much else for him at this stage." Macy Supreme will compete in race four, a Country Series Final and despite the wide draw Painting is confident she will be in the finish. "She's only been beaten once since joining me and that's when she choked down at Melton but she was impressive winning first up at Wagga in the heats and she had trialled impressively before that at Coolamon when she recorded a 1:56.4 mile rate." "I think she has got the ability to win plenty of races, she's a funny mare because when she is working at home if I don't carry a whip she wouldn't beat my C0 horses but she just switches on when she gets to the races." Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

The first feature night meeting of the season in the Riverina will be held at Wagga on Friday night as the countdown continues to the peak time of the racing year. Yirribee Stud race night has attracted seven races with $46,000 prizemoney and $20,000 in stallion bonuses on offer. The feature race is the Ian Walsh Memorial which honors the life of the former Wagga Harness Racing Club president who was also a former partner in Yirribee Stud. It's the biggest line-up of bonuses Yirribee has offered to five of its nine stallions. The winner of the Ian Walsh Memorial will not only receive the major share of $8000 prizemoney but a free service to former champion Mr Feelgood valued at close to $5000. Aqua Luvy is likely to start favorite for the Ian Walsh Memorial from barrier three representing in-form combination Jackson Painting and Blake Jones. Painting had four winners at the previous Wagga meeting and again has a strong hand. The field for the Million Dollar Cam Classic also has plenty of quality with last start Menangle winner Lucys Penny opposed to the talented Northern Line and in-form Scottish Glamour and Goforzoe. Yirribee has also put up services to former star pacers Lanercost ($2970) and Lombo Pocket Watch ($2200) and Little Brown Jug winner, Million Dollar Cam ($3300). Yirribee, which will stand a record nine stallions this season, has reported a strong response to its stallions particularly since the new bonuses for breeders was announced earlier this month. Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Wagga company Ausmet Roofing has won naming rights to next year's Wagga Pacers Cup following Saturday's night awards and sponsors function. Business owner Warwick Hay is a relatively new comer to harness racing and is a part-owner of consistent filly Grace Artois which is the first pacer he has raced. It's only the second year Ausmet Roofing has been involved in the sponsor's draw with the company to back the Cup on Saturday night, March 8. "It's a real surprise to win. I haven't been involved for too long so it's a bit of a shock," Hay said. The other feature races at the cup night meeting were taken out by Cottontail Winery & Restaurant (Wagga Derby) and Esec Systems (Wagga Oaks). Pat’s Tyres & More won naming rights to the inaugural Rising Stars 2yo, while Signs Plus will back the Christmas Cup on December 20. Meanwhile, the feature award on the night was taken out by champion filly Frith who was named the Riverina and Southwest pacer of the year for the second consecutive season. Frith won four Group 1 races and just under $500,000 prizemoney for the season beaten only once when second in 16 starts. Her trainer Bruce Harpley said it was a memorable season which would never be bettered. “The win in the Western Australia Oaks was something else then she kept it going to win her final race of the season in Victoria,” he said. Wagga owners Dennis and Jo Howe took home two awards courtesy of their Group One winning filly Distant Memory. The two-year-old was named Riverina juvenile of the year while the NWSW Owners Association award was also presented to them. Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden claimed his first Riverina premiership with close to 100 winners for the season and he also took home the Wagga trainer of the year title. His stable driver Paul Diebert was named the young driver of the year and also finished second in the Riverina premiership behind Blake Jones. For his part, Jones won two awards – the Riverina and Wagga premierships – after a record season with 69 winners alone in the Riverina. “I had close to 100 wins so it was a very good season,” Jones said. The Wagga pacer of the year was claimed by Cousin Dupreez who hardly missed a place and also finished second in the state-wide Carnival of Cups series. The local premierships were taken out by trainer Paul Kahlefeldt and reinsman Adam Jenkins. Leeton trainer Kim Hillier’s record breaking season won her the Special Achievement award. More than 120 guests attended the night where illusionist Jonas Jost kept the crowd entertained with his spectacular magic show. Harness Racing New South Wales

Harness Racing NSW is excited to announce a marketing and promotional partnership with country & western music star Adam Brand during the 2013/2014 season. Brand will be the face of HRNSW over the next 12 months and perform at numerous harness racing meetings. He will also appear in a television commercial similar to the one that featured Shannon Noll, which won an award at the 2013 World Trotting Conference in France. "I was most impressed to see what Shannon did for the trots last year," said Brand. "When I found out what he was doing I must admit I said to my manager that it would be something I would love to do. "I'm just happy that the opportunity has ended up on my doorstep and I cannot wait to get to the country areas and play for the fans of not only my music, but the fans of harness racing. "Shannon has mentioned how much of a great time he had with it and that the crowds were increasing all of the time. "I've just finished recording a new album so we will have a lot of fun playing some of the new stuff." Adam Brand is one of Australia's most successful recording artists with CD & DVD sales of more than half a million units. Over the course of his career he has had three platinum and five gold albums, been nominated four times for the ARIA Best Country Album and won a dozen Country Music Awards of Australia. This includes multiple wins in the Song of The Year and Vocalist of The Year categories. Growing up in Perth, Adam's love for music was heavily influenced by his father who was a huge Elvis Presley fan. His mother, on the other hand, exposed him to Kris Kristofferson, Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers. In 1997, Adam packed up his Ute and travelled across the Nullabor to Sydney, where he released his first, self titled, album which was certified platinum within weeks. Adam has gone on to release eight blockbuster albums In Australia with multiple Gold or Platinum awards to his name. One of those albums and songs, "Hell of a Ride", is the slogan for the upcoming HRNSW Carnival of Cups, and the catch phrase in the upcoming TVC. Last season it was the Shannon Noll release, "That's What I'm Talking About "that was used. In September 2009, Brand signed a recording contract with the Nashville division of Sony Music for the distribution of his recordings in the U.S. Adam Brand is confirmed to perform at the below Carnival of Cups meetings for the season 2013/2014. 17 Nov 2013, Griffith Paceway (Day) December 2013, Bathurst Paceway (Night) 1 January 2014, Leeton Paceway (Night) 3 January 2014, Parkes Paceway (Night) 27 January 2014, Goulburn Paceway (Day) 9 February 2014, Orange Paceway (Day) 8 March 2014, Wagga Paceway (Night) 9 March 2014, Blayney (Day) 14 March 2014, Broken Hill (Night) 25 April 2014, Coolamon (Day) 9 June 2014, Fairfield (Day) Harness Racing New South Wales

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