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Bid to honour local champs

Wednesday, 15th April, 2009

Nominations are being called for the Silver City Racing Club's Wall of Fame, as preparations for this year's race day kick off. After a meeting of the committee on Tuesday night, club president Chris Kersten said this was the second time locals were being asked to nominate famous racing identities and those who had made a significant contribution to racing in the far west.

Ms Kersten said she hoped locals would think hard and write as much as possible as they sought to have those worthy of recognition immortalised in the west's racing history. "Anyone connected with racing can be nominated, be they horse, trainer, jockey, administrator or steward," she said. "Include as much information as possible as last year we had a lot of nominations but there was not enough information."

Nominees could be any person or animal, living or dead, who contributed to racing in Broken Hill, Menindee, Pooncarie, Wentworth, Wilcannia or anywhere in the far west. The Wall of Fame was set up in 2007 as a way of recognising the importance of racing to the region and the efforts of those who made it so. Ms Kersten said it was decided that nominations would only be taken every two years as "it's just too much otherwise."

Seven identities were recognised in the inaugural Wall of Fame, their names now taking pride of place at the Member's Bar at the racecourse. Ms Kersten said there were plans to eventually move the wall to a more conspicuous location. Nominations can be sent to secretary Marg Andrews at PO Box 316, Broken Hill. For more information call Chris on 0427 974 788.

Meanwhile Ms Kersten said this year's Silver City cup would be held on October 24. "The club is planning a great day at the races, again ensuring we keep our theme of a family event for the people of Broken Hill."

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