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    MARIE and PETER NEIL

    THEY have ploughed countless hours into supporting harness racing. And no doubt they have spent along their journey. So it was a fitting reward... Neils join special band of devotees

    THEY have ploughed countless hours into supporting harness racing.

    And no doubt they have spent along their journey.

    So it was a fitting reward for Peter and Marie Neil to be afforded the ultimate tribute by Bathurst Harness Racing Club by being named the Gold Crown honourees for 2018.

    According to club President Wayne Barker, Peter and Marie’s long association is not just with the Bathurst Gold Crown, but with the industry in general.

    “Peter and Marie have successfully operated a breeding establishment at Goulburn for a number of years with a band of 25 broodmares,” Barker said.

    “Adding to this, Peter and Marie also run a very successful training operation of 30 horses based near Bathurst, under the watchful eye of long-time trainer Peter Bullock.”

    These horses always carry the Shannon name and it is not unusual for the Neils to have multiple runners in a race on their home track at Bathurst.

    “Peter and Marie would one day love to win a Gold Crown or a Gold Tiara and I am sure that win is not too far away,” Barker said. “They have been runners-up three times.

    “You can only keep breeding quality horses, which Peter and Marie do to give yourself a chance.

    “So you would like to think a Crown or Tiara win is just around the corner.

    “The board was unanimous with their selection of Peter and Marie to be this year’s honourees, and personally, I couldn’t think of a more fitting choice.”

    Peter and Marie will be welcomed into the list of Gold Crown Honourees at the Honouree Dinner on Tuesday, March 27 at the Bathurst RSL Club from 7pm.

    Previous 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.

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