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    Brown, Rixon and Osmond move into Menangle Medal contention Brown, Rixon and Osmond move into Menangle Medal contention

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     AND the talent just keeps on bubbling to the top. This week we reveal the July, August and September monthly Menangle Medal winners from... Brown, Rixon and Osmond move into Menangle Medal contention

     AND the talent just keeps on bubbling to the top.

    This week we reveal the July, August and September monthly Menangle Medal winners from 2023 as the anticipation builds for the announcement of the annual Club Menangle Medal winner.

    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 allot points, judge the best performances of the month and acknowledge that by making them our Monthly Medal winners.

    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.

    All this month we will steadily reveal the winners from each month of 2023 with the Club Menangle Medal winner to be announced at the barrier draw function for the $1m Garrards Miracle Mile.

    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.

    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, Will Rixon, is not eligible to win future medals which enables our other young and future stars to get their shot at the spoils.

    Here’s the next three winners – with the final three monthly award winners to be revealed next week.

    JULY

    JACK BROWN:

    How’s this for a record? At the ripe old age of 19, Jack Brown already has 168 career wins to his credit. He has become leading trainer Jack Trainor’s right-hand man and Trainor is happy for him to fill in on many of the stable’s leading chances. He had a year to remember in 2023 with the winners pouring in and after a break for surgery late in the year, Jack bounced back with another string of winners to end the season. Still July was just one of the months where he blossomed and Menangle has certainly become a happy hunting ground for one of the real up and coming young reinsman in our sport.

    AUGUST

    HANNAH RIXON:

    It can be tough going when your twin brother is one of the state’s leading drivers. Yet that hasn’t stopped 23-year-old Hannah Rixon emerging from her brother Will’s lofty shadow and making her own waves in harness racing. Hannah patience is paying off on and off the track and with 87 career winners to her name, trainers are beginning to sit up and take notice of her talents and the offers of drives are improving all the time. Not least of all from her parents Peter and Cindy who keep all three of their children happy by sharing the drives around. When Hannah gets her chance she usually makes it count and she was a worthy winner of the August Medal for her talents.

    SEPTEMBER

    TAYLAH OSMOND:

    Joining the powerful James Rattray team has been a winning move for the ACT-based Taylah Osmond. Aside from the fast her father Scott is renowned as one of the most popular and talented reinsman from the Canberra region, Taylah showed she also had that natural ability that sees horses run for her and the winners have continued to build. Still only 19, Taylah is fast closing in on her 100th winner and began to really hit her straps in 2023 and was a worthy winner of the September Medal and cemented her place as a definite contenders among our best your drivers.

    Brown, Rixon and Osmond join earlier monthly winners Locke, Frisby, Arvidsson, Rando, Delosa and Seaton Grima.

    Watch for the final three monthly award winners next week.

     

     

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