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    Bond, Brown and Rando join our list of Menangle Medal contenders Bond, Brown and Rando join our list of Menangle Medal contenders

    READY TO FIRE: Jack Brown.

     WATCH out harness fans, the young guns are on the move. We’ve kept you waiting a week or two to learn the next three... Bond, Brown and Rando join our list of Menangle Medal contenders

     WATCH out harness fans, the young guns are on the move.

    We’ve kept you waiting a week or two to learn the next three Club Menangle monthly medal winners for their efforts in 2022.

    And Aleisha Bond, Jack Brown and Lucas Rando hit the spotlight today as our next three medallists, who get their shot at winning the Menangle medal for being the best performed of their peers for the year.

    Ashley Hart (January), Will Rixon (February), Sofia Arvidsson (March), Hannah Rixon (April), Stephanie Morris (May) and Lleyton Green (June) have already been named as the winners of the first six months’ tallies for their efforts at Australia’s No 1 harness racing track.

    The Club Menangle Medal is our annual competition to encourage and pay tribute to the efforts of the young people in harness racing and their efforts at our premier track, Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    While many of these people probably feel the long hours involved with training and working horses go unrewarded, this is a reminder that they are indeed being noticed – and by those that matter.

    Each month our judging panel at Club Menangle and National Trotguide sift through (and discuss) the results from Club Menangle’s meetings so we can judge the best performances of the month and acknowledge that by making them our Monthly Medal winners.

    For the rest of February we will reveal the winners from each month of 2022 with the Club Menangle Medal winner to be announced on Sunday, February 26.

    It’s been another year to savour too, with the girls more than matching the boys with several outstanding performances during a competitive year of harness racing.

    But we cannot keep it a secret any longer and the winner of the Club Menangle Medal is about to be chosen from the monthly winners with three more announced today.

    Open to the newer participants in the industry each month, a winner is selected on performances at Tabcorp Park Menangle and at the conclusion of the season the Medal winner is chosen from (last year’s) 12 finalists.

    Last year’s winner, Jack Callaghan, is not eligible to win future medals to enable others to share in future spoils.

    Here’s the July, August and September winners for the year, with the other winners to be named before the end of the week.

    July:

    ALEISHA BOND: From limited opportunities, Aleisha has begun to make her mark in harness racing in her fifth year in the sulky. While she prefers to fly under the radar and simply enjoys being involved and working with horses every morning, Aleisha still showed her affinity with them by landing five winners during the season, proving that when she gets to the track and is given a drive, she is more than competitive. The 23-year-old loves the square-gaiters too and landed a winner with four-year-old mare Aldebaran Ursula for the KerryAnn Morris barn, among other impressive drives.

    JULY WINNER: Aleisha Bond

     August:

    JACK BROWN: He’s a mere 18 years of age yet such is his talent in the sulky that Brown is already closing in on his 100th winner. He has a handy strike rate too and besides working for one of Sydney’s leading stables, Brown is also finding himself in demand for outside drives as well and is getting to know the Menangle track as well as anyone in the sport, with the majority of his winners coming from there. Brown’s ‘boss’ Jack Trainor says one of the positive things about Brown is that he thinks he can win every time he takes to the track . . . and that must be a good thing for his army of followers.

    AUGUST WINNER: Jack Brown.

    September:

    LUCAS RANDO: This unassuming young man has been coming to the trots for as long as he can remember and was always destined to find a career in the sport he loves so much. Lucas won’t mind us saying he has taken a little while to find his niche, yet at the age of 20 he is now up and running as one of the fine young drivers at our tracks and a credit to the Rando family. Lucas has been landing winners left, right and centre and also learned a lot from working with the powerful Paul Fitzpatrick barn. Now he’s well and truly arrived and the winners will keep on coming for a man who could teach a lot of our older horsemen and women how they should behave on and off the track.

    SEPTEMBER WINNER: Lucas Rando.

     

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