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    Humble Formosa named 2022 Bathurst Gold Crown Honouree Humble Formosa named 2022 Bathurst Gold Crown Honouree

    HAPPY MEMORIES: Ultimate Art was a prolific winner for Michael Formosa.

    POPULAR Newcastle horseman Michael Formosa has accepted the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s invitation to be their 2022 Bathurst Gold Crown Honouree. In a tradition... Humble Formosa named 2022 Bathurst Gold Crown Honouree

    POPULAR Newcastle horseman Michael Formosa has accepted the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s invitation to be their 2022 Bathurst Gold Crown Honouree.

    In a tradition that dates back 32 years, the Honouree is chosen for their lifelong contribution to the harness racing industry in general and the Gold Crown Carnival in particular.

    Formosa will be formally inducted into the ranks of Gold Crown Honourees at a prestigious Mayoral Dinner, which is one of the social highlights of the 10-day long harness racing festival.

    Former Honourees have included Tony and Steve Turnbull, Mick Lombardo, Chris Alford, Bernie Hewitt, Kevin Newman, Brian Hancock and Jack Honan.

    “When you look at the list of past Honourees I am sure most people will understand that I feel both honoured and humbled to be chosen,” said Formosa.

    “When the Bathurst Harness Racing Club Secretary Danny Dwyer first asked me to accept the club’s nomination as Honouree I was in shock but now I feel just so proud to be chosen.”

    Bathurst Harness Racing Club President Laurie Clifford was delighted Formosa accepted the club’s nomination.

    “Michael Formosa is one of the unsung heroes of our industry and a wonderful supporter of our Carnival,” said Ms Clifford.

    “He has driven in nine finals on our big night and won the Gold Crown twice (Ultimate Art in 2012 and Shadow Runner in 2015) and won the Gold Chalice once (Ultimate Art in 2013).

    “He has also had more than 7000 race drives for 1178 wins and nearly 2000 placings, which means he has collected prizemoney more than 43 per cent of the time he has hopped in the sulky, which really is quite remarkable.

    “As a trainer, he has won more than 800 races from just over 5000 starts – so you can see why Michael Formosa is a more than worthy addition to the ranks of the Bathurst Gold Crown Honourees.”

    Formosa’s Gold Crown Honouree Dinner will take place on Thursday, March 24 at a prestigious dinner hosted by the Mayor of Bathurst Robert Taylor, and President of Bathurst Harness Racing Club Ms Laurie Clifford

    Bathurst Gold Crown Honourees:

    1990 – Jimmy Caffyn

    1991 – Kevin Newman

    1992 – George Gath

    1993 – Jack Honan, Bill Wise and Noel Simpson

    1994 – Tony Turnbull

    1995 – Don Clough

    1996 – Brian Hancock

    1997 – Ken Dyer

    1998 – Harry Pearce

    1999 – Mick Lombardo

    2000 – John Tapp

    2001 – Wayne and Anne Lamb

    2002 – Dennis Wilson

    2003 – Ken Brown AM

    2004 – Bob McArdle

    2005 – The Jack family

    2006 – The Manning family

    2007 – The Dumesny family

    2008 – Chris Gray

    2009 – Steve Turnbull

    2010 – The Fitzpatrick family

    2011 – Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander

    2012 – The Hando Family

    2013 – Doug and Janet Moore

    2014 – John Coffey

    2015 – Chris Alford

    2016 – The McCarthy Family

    2017 – Kevin Thompson

    2018 – Peter and Marie Neil

    2019 – Bernie and Cath Hewitt

    2020 – Colin and Cheryl McDowell

    2021 – Bernie Kelly and Bruce Harpley.

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