March 3, 2022 Michael Court
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.