There looks be be plenty of value on the card at Laidlaw Park, Stawell on Sunday afternoon, with eight races from 1.09pm and big fields engaged in each contest.
More importantly, Stawell club will pay tribute to the enormous contributions of past life members, with the staging of four memorial races in honour of the late Terry McManus, Stan Anyon, Lorna Anyon and Reg Cooper.
McManus served the club as a voluntary starter for many years and was also awarded life membership of the Horsham Harness Racing Club. Stan and Lorna Anyon are true legends of the Stawell harness fraternity. Their passionate colleague Reg Cooper died in 2016.
“Reg began helping out around the Stawell Harness Racing Club when it was first established in 1956. He performed many volunteer roles over the years including track supervisor, supervisor of rebuilding the track, swab attendant, track attendant and also served 13 terms as president. Reg served with dedication on the Stawell committee for more than 25 years. He always said that the best thing about being part of the club was the people he'd met along the way.” *Source Stawell Harness Racing Club
Horsham Harness Club will tonight present end-of-season awards at its traditional dinner for committee, staff, volunteers and sponsors. Harness Racing Victoria CEO David Martin will attend. Martin, who spent his younger years in the Wimmera, has a proven record in change, strategy development and implementation.
Club president Justin Lane will present the Westvic Race Pix Horsham leading driver award and the Conways Horsham-Greg Smith Memorial concession driver award to Terang's rising star Jason Lee.
Lee's cousin Matthew Craven is the runaway winner of the Betta Home Living Horsham leading trainer award. Rod Carberry took off the Cruisers Car Wash local trainer strike rate award in a photo finish from Barry Dunn. Nat's Rug & Harness Horsham Horse of the Year is the tough SA pacer Big Bruce, which won all three starts on the Horsham track.
Stawell (D) Sunday October 15; Swan Hill (N) Saturday 21 (Cup meeting); Hamilton (D) Sunday 22; Maryborough (D) Sunday 29 (Cup meeting) & Horsham (D) Monday 30.
Stawell Trots: Last return: $12.40 Ararat Gallops. Balance: $769.15.
Best bet: Race 1 No. 1 Harper Valley $4 win; Value bet: Race 3 No 3 Always On $3 eachway; Multi bet: Race 7 box quinella Nos 2,4,5,6,8 spend $10
Donald Gallops: Last return: $12.40 Ararat Gallops. Balance: $769.15
Three bets for the day: Race 4 No 2 Foyle $4 eachway; Race 6 No 6 Northern Mist $3 eachway; Race 8 No 3 Dangle Lad $3 eachway