Condolences to harness racing families

Harness Racing New Zealand would like to pass on its condolences to the families of three members of our harness racing community who have died recently.

Glenn Darren Scott :

North Canterbury trainer Glenn Scott has died after a long battle with cancer. Since starting out in 2012 Glenn produced 14 winners, with the dual-gaited Take After Me being his best performer. The son of Holmes Hanover has won 11 races, four as a pacer and seven as a trotter.

Because of Glenn’s poor health just recently his father Fred Scott took over the team, and Takeherbreathaway has won her last two starts, at Addington and Methven.

Clarence Thomas Woodward :

Clarrie Woodward, a successful Southland trainer-driver in his earlier years who operated the prominent Raven’s Lodge Stud in Edendale, Eastern Southland through the 1970s, has died in Christchurch.

He trained 54 winners and drove 167 winners between 1962 and 2008. Among his more memorable victories was winning with the great David Moss at Forbury Park in 1990. Woodward was the brother-in-law of David Moss’s regular driver and trainer John Cox and got the drive because Cox was injured at the time.

“He was a top bloke who was out to help people,” Cox said of Woodward, “he was a tough driver who never gave you an inch but he was fair and that’s all you can ask for.”

Ian Baden Martin :

And just days before his 81st birthday Taranaki trainer Ian Martin has died.

He trained 45 winners between 1986 and 2015. Among his most prolific winners were Little Mistress (5 wins) and Pineridge Star, who had six wins in New Zealand, before another 14 across the Tasman between 2001-2006.

“Dad always had horses, and he loved racing. It has been his life,” wrote daughter Coralee Bracey.

His funeral will be held at Mary Alice Chapel at Stratford, Taranaki on 26/4/21. All are welcome to attend.

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