Southland Harness Awards Results
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Kenny Baynes, Sheree Tomlinson, Duke Of Wellington, Joyfulbelle, Pat's Delight and Havtime were the big winners at the annual Southland Harness Awards in Invercargill on Sunday.
Baynes, an Eastern Southland farmer and son of the late Colin Baynes, won the Achievement of the Year award. The current president of the Gore Club was the owner or co-owner of 14 individual winners of 21 races in the season under review.
Among them was New Zealand two-year-old trotting record holder Full Noise who finished second at the Jewels. Royal Bengal and War Machine were other Baynes' reps at the Cambridge carnival.
Duke Of Wellington, bred and raced by Invercargill lawyer Lester Smith, got the gong for Horse of the Year on the back of winning five from 10 including the group two Southern Supremacy Stakes.
He was trained throughout his career by Lauren Pearson and driven by her partner Brent Barclay. The ownership of Duke Of Wellington has since passed to the Butterworth Racing Syndicate.
Joyfulbelle, owned by the Miracle Lodge Syndicate consisting of Clark Barron and Eric Parr, was named Broodmare of the Year.
The daughter of Road Machine and Rockne Dell has left four individual winners including last season's group two Ladyship Stakes and listed New Zealand Yearling Sales Three-year-old Fillies Final winner Bettor Joy. Rock N Joy, Somejoy, Giftofjoy, Majorpride (group one Diamond Classic Gloucester Park) and Firstjoy are products of daughters of Joyfulbelle who all won last season.
An Award for excellence outside of the province went to Sheree Tomlinson for her Dominion win on Amaretto Sun and representation at the Australasian Young Drivers Championship. Pat's Delight and Havtime received the same award for their black type performances in the north.
The contributions to Harness Racing of Jason Broad, Graeme Robertson and Ross Wilson were also recognised at the awards.
* Achievement of the year – Kenny Baynes
* Award of Excellence – Sheree Tomlinson – first female to drive the winner of the group one Dominion Trot.
* Contribution to Harness Racing
Jason Broad – the general manger of Southern Harness whose introduction to administration came in 1987 when he went to work for Southland's pre-eminent administrator of the time Peter Burns. In the years since he has held administrative positions on the Trainers & Drivers Association, Southland Standardbred Breeders, Caduceus Club, Owners Trainers and Breeders, Invercargill Workouts, and New Zealand Racing Managers. He is also raceday secretary for the Central Otago Trotting Club and Nelson Trotting Club. Jason is a trustee of Kids Kartz, which he helped set up in 2009.
Graeme Robertson QSM – was elected to the committee of the Riverton Trotting Club in 1961 and has been on every year since, serving as vice-president between 1972 and 1974 and president from 1974 to 1977. Since 1978, the year the club was granted its first totalisator licence, he’s been the Treasurer. Graeme was made a life member in 2002 and awarded the QSM for his services to Sport in 2017.
Ross Wilson – has held a licence to train since 1980. His first winner, Mr Majestic, won once that season and another seven times in the next two. Robyn’s Treasure won the group one three-year-old fillies double at Addington in 1974 for Ross who went on to breed from her in alternate years with Graeme Edgar. The Robyn family has been a good source of winners for them since. One of the Wilson trademarks has been using inexperienced junior drivers on his horses. Dexter Dunn, Adam Sanderson and Craig Ferguson are among those he has helped on their way. On the administrative side, Ross has served the Gore Harness Club and the Gore workouts while his business has been a generous sponsor for many years.
* Leading trainer – Brett Gray
* Leading driver – Nathan Williamson
* Leading Junior Driver – Sheree Tomlinson
* Leading driver of trotters – Brent Barclay
* Horse of Year – Duke Of Wellington
* Awards of Excellence
Pat's Delight - bred and owned by Charlton Park Enterprises, winner of group one Three-year-old Emerald,
Havtime – owned by Havtime Breeding Limited, Malcolm and Sarndra Little, winner of listed New Zealand Yearling Sales Two-year-old Fillies Final.
* Leading female stake earners, Standardbred Breeders Association Trophies
Two year old filly – Rise Above This
Three year old filly – Betterthanbrie
Four Year old and older mare – Somejoy
* Most points from races run in Southland
Two year old colt or gelding – Full Noise
* Most points from races run anywhere in New Zealand - Robin Dundee Club awards
Three year old filly – I'mallaboutthebase
Three year old colt or gelding – Duke Of Wellington
* Most points from trotting races run in Southland - Caduceus Club of Southland award – Grace O'Malley
* Fastest mile rate by a Southland filly or mare on a Southland track – Somejoy, 1:53.2, Winton
* Broodmare of the Year - Joyfulbelle
* 1:58 pins (trotters two minutes) for horses raced by members of the Standardbred Breeders Association
Betterthanbrie – 1:56.2, Debnita Rose – 1:57.4, Franco Tai - 1:57.0, Havtime - 1:58.0, Mach's Back – 1:57.3, Mighty Conqueror – 1:57.7, Patanjali - 1:58.0, Raksbet –1:55.1.
* Group Certificates for members of the Standardbred Breeders Association who are breeders of group race winners
Bettor Joy, bred by Miracle Lodge Syndicate, Duke Of Wellington, bred by Lester Smith, Pat's Delight, bred by Charlton Park Enterprises