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    Locke, Frisby and Arvidsson in contention for Club Menangle Medal Locke, Frisby and Arvidsson in contention for Club Menangle Medal

    JUNE MEDAL WINNER: Sofia Arvidsson.

    THREE of our most improved young drivers are among the next three winners announced in the running for the Club Menangle Medal. They’re among... Locke, Frisby and Arvidsson in contention for Club Menangle Medal

    THREE of our most improved young drivers are among the next three winners announced in the running for the Club Menangle Medal.

    They’re among an extraordinary array of talent vying for this year’s medal.

    We see them land winner after winner, week after week at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    And while all those early mornings and hard work might not appear to receive much recognition, we ARE taking notice.

    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 winner.

    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 April, May and June winners for the year, with the rest of the winners to be named in coming weeks.

    Watch this space for the rest of the year’s winners:

    APRIL

    JAMES LOCKE:

    A century of winners is always a milestone to remember and at the ripe old age of 19, James Locke has already chalked up that feat . . . with plenty more to come.

    After a relatively slow start to his career which saw him land just six winners from 129 drives in his first successful season in the sulky, Locke has maintained his improvement in the years that followed.

    In 2022 he landed 32 winners from 240 drives and last year took his talent to a new level when he was first past the post 78 times from just over 600 drives. It ‘s no secret that our April winner is quietly eyeing off the century in 2024. And with the skill and improvement he continues to show, well, you wouldn’t bet against it.

    MAY

    OLIVIA FRISBY:

    Here’s another teenage driver that’s beginning to make quite a mark in the sport. Olivia bases herself at Bathurst but has begun to take to the road a bit more in 2024 in search of more wins.

    In her first season, at age just 16, she landed her first winner from a mere 14 drives.

    Yet her star has continued to rise and in the 2021 season there were nine more winners from 92 drives.

    Again, the improvement was soon evident as she landed 15 winners in 2022 (a strike rate of 10 per cent) and last year (2023) there were 31 winners from 329 drives as she got stuck in and worked harder than ever.

    There has already been three winners this year and the likelihood of many more before season’s end.

    And she’s still only 19!!!

    JUNE

    SOFIA ARVIDSSON:

    Experience counts for a lot in harness racing and when you look at Sofia’s record, you can see why. Now a permanent resident of Sydney, Sofia has found a happy home here both training and driving and with 107 career winners to her name, is becoming something of a Menangle specialist. It should be noted, however, that she already has three Group 1 win to her credit and more than $1.2m in prizemoney.

    She is also proud of a record that sees her strike-rate a healthy 17 per cent. Any driver in the sport would be happy with that. Veteran trainer Harry Martin, along with several others are sticking by her for drives and she’ll be hopping into the bike behind the talented Double Encounter this weekend. Sofia is also making her mark in the training ranks and although she prefers the square-gaiters, she prepared 10 winners from less than 80 starters last season.

    No wonder she’s proud of her record.

    Locke, Frisby and Arvidsson join earlier monthly winners Lucas Rando (January), Ashleigh Delosa (February) and Season Grima (March) revealed last week.

    Watch for more winners next week.

     

     

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