Robins on Guard Duty
Monday, 21st January, 2013
By Emily Roberts
The West Football Club has joined one of their on-field rivals in helping to give a boost to another sport.
After the North Football Club created a syndicate to race a trotter, the Robins have announced that they, too, have bought a horse to race.
Broken Hill Harness Racing Club president Tracey Robinson said it was wonderful that other sports codes were showing an interest.
"We're hoping other clubs come on board - soccer, rugby - anyone," Mrs Robinson said. "It is great to see people getting involved in harness racing."
Mrs Robinson believes that this recent surge in interest had helped increase crowd numbers at their race meetings this season.
"It's getting better and better. There are more people and different people attending the meets.
"There are also younger people coming to watch and they are gaining interest in it.
"Hopefully, the South Football Club and Central Football Club get in there as well. It is great for harness racing and great for the football clubs.
"All round, it is absolutely brilliant."
Co-captain of the Robins' A-grade side, Daniel Milne, said their horse arrived in town last week from Wagga Wagga.
"It is a standard breed trotter," Mr Milne said.
"Around 20 people from the club and the harness racing community went in on the syndicate."
The three-year-old gelding's stable name is Jimmy but his racing name is Guard Duty.
Mr Milne said top trainer Paul "Freckles" Evans has been given charge of Jimmy and will also be driving him.
"We heard the North Football Club had gone into a syndicate and we thought it might be good to do the same thing to support trotting and get the team together," Mr Milne said.
He said a few of his teammates were also helping out with Jimmy at the stables.
Any money that is won by him will go back to the footy club, Mr Milne said.
Mr Milne said he also hoped that having a club trotter would contribute to the family atmosphere of club and that of harness racing.
"We would like to get as many people at the trots as possible.
"Hopefully, the other two clubs will get involved as well."
Jimmy's first race is scheduled for the Australia Day weekend trots meeting in Broken Hill.