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Trots end on a high note

Tuesday, 23rd March, 2010

* Ray Slater scooped the trotting awards, winning Trainer of the Year and finishing equal in points for Leading Driver with Andrew Vozlic. Slater's OK Whose Next also won Horse of the Year. * Ray Slater scooped the trotting awards, winning Trainer of the Year and finishing equal in points for Leading Driver with Andrew Vozlic. Slater's OK Whose Next also won Horse of the Year.

By Rosey The final meeting of the Harness Racing season was conducted on Friday night before a good crowd at the Broken Hill Memorial Paceway.

Ray Slater was aiming to finish the year on a high, looking to take out all categories and it wasn't long into the night and he had done so collecting horse of the year (OK Whose Next), leading trainer and also leading driver along with Andrew Vozlic, who collected two wins to tie in the tally.

Race 1 was the Billy Graham Legion President Pace and it was Slater aboard Globe Vauxall who saluted the judge in a time of 2:09.7 over the 2500 metres. Slater took the Gelding to the front from the start, ahead of Master Wes and Talk About Loaded in the death and that was how they sat most of the way of the trip. Into the straight, Cassie Robinson found some room to run into second place, gaining points in the drivers championship in front of Kate Attard who ran third with Peter King on Master and Wes running into 4th.

Race 2, the J Broomhall Past President Pace again over 2500 metres and it was Rob Wayman who rated his horse, Passing Shadows to perfection. After bounding to the lead, Wayman controlled terms with Tact Chester looking to try and wear it down over the long trip, and entering the straight it looked like Attard was going to get up on the line but all to no avail, Passing Shadows winning by a very small margin in front of Tact Chester and Game Xample with Heza Bomber Boy running 4th, after breaking at the start. Time for this race was 2:08.9.

The Legion Club Cup was race 3 on the card and as the horses entered the track, there was a lot of interest in the betting ring with all horses in the race having a good chance to win the main event. The main interest in the race would be the start, and as it turned out, this was the deciding factor with Paul Evans (Doranelly) taking off from the 5 gate to lead easily and he then dictated the pace in front of Barnover Cecil who sat in on the rail. With a lap to go, the remaining drivers in the race were hoping that Doranelly would tire and give them a chance but they were all mistaken with Evans driving his horse to an easy victory in a time of 2:06.7.

Barnover Cecil ran onto 2nd place in front of Penequity and Tibur Icon 4th. Connections of the Horse extremely happy to collect the Cup and thanks again must go to the Broken Hill Legion Club for their support of this race and the Season.

With 2 races to go for the year, Andrew Vozlic required two victories to share the honours with driver of the year. Kate Attard and Cassie Robinson close in 3rd and 4th but no chance of catching Slater and Vozlic but another battle within itself for 3rd and 4th. Ready Set Joe was sent out with big expectations and he didn't disappoint, recording an easy victory over the 2210 metres. Yanac and Join the Club filled the placings with Dasmar completing the journey in 4th position. Mile Rate of 2:06.4 another good time and again, dictated perfectly by Vozlic.

Race 5 and the final race of the year. Vozlic again looking to get a nice sit and greet the judge and that's pretty well how it worked out. Merabille Delight ran a good race for 2nd and Wrath of Pain 3rd for the McInnes stable 3rd. Call me Winston couldn't make up the distance and ran on to 4th in a time of 2:06.7. Andrew Vozlic managed to gain the points in the last two races to tie Ray Slater for leading driver and bragging rights for the Broken Hill girls went to Kate Attard, who knocked off Cassie Robinson to finish 3rd with Cassie in 4th.

Again, congratulations must go to Slater whilst Pat Attard ran a good second and Don Pimm third, both having strong years as trainers.

Special thanks must also go to the two Shamrock Boys, Callum and Lawson who made sure all of the little kids got their sugar fix. The Pushbikes proved a winner once again and thanks must go to Rocky Baker who is always generous in his support for Broken Hill Harness Racing. It was a bit disappointing that Ray Oates couldn't win a bike on his birthday but I am sure Ray and Pat left happy all the same.

Plenty of cold drinks followed the last race with a few of the drivers kicking on into the night and it was a great end to another successful season for the Trots. Without preaching to the masses, plenty of people are keen to make sure Harness Racing continues into the future and there is really a basic plan that is required to continue. Namely, if you are interested then get stuck into it and help, rather than sit back and have your say without doing anything like so many people do.

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