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    Rando, Delosa, Grima in line for Club Menangle Medal Rando, Delosa, Grima in line for Club Menangle Medal

    FAMILY FAVOURITE: January Medal winner Lucas Rando scores a win with Southbound Train at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    SELDOM has our harness racing industry boasted such a plethora of talent. We see them land winner after winner, week after week at Tabcorp... Rando, Delosa, Grima in line for Club Menangle Medal
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    SELDOM has our harness racing industry boasted such a plethora of talent.

    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.

    Throughout the month of February we will 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, which we start revealing today.

    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 first three winners for the year, with the other winners to be named in coming weeks.

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

    JANUARY

    Lucas Rando:

    It’s fair to say that 21-year-old Lucas Rando was always headed for a career in harness racing. This young man was a regular at Club Menangle even before he reached his teenage years and has followed the sport closely for more than 10 years.

    It took him a while to decide that driving (and winning) races was the direction he wanted to head and this shy young man, who always looked the part every time he arrived at the track, has now gone ahead in leaps and bounds and worked hard to learn everything he could about driving in races, working horses and handling stable life.

    After landing his first winner in the 2018-29 season from just 12 drives, since then Lucas has improved his average every season and last year landed 20 winners and 43 placings as more and more trainers looked to take advantage of his young drivers’ claim.

    His patience is paying on and off the track is now paying dividends and he has been named as the January 2023 winner of the Club Menangle Young Achiever Award for 2023.

    JANUARY WINNER: Lucas Rando.

    FEBRUARY

    Ashleigh Delosa:

    Her love of horses meant Ash Delosa was always meant for a life in the sulky. A late starter in the training ranks, at age 25, Ashleigh already has 43 career wins and is another who continues to improve each season. She landed three winners from just 145 starts in 2021, backed that up with 16 winners from 86 starts in 2022 and then landed 20 winners last year. With four already in the books this year, Delosa is another on track for her best season yet. Delosa’s entry in harness racing is a special story. Harbouring a passion for horses, Delosa saw a trainer advertising for a stablehand, so she applied.

    Delosa’s knowledge of the industry was so small she didn’t realis she just gained employment with Queensland’s champion horseman, Grant Dixon!

    She admitted knowing nothing about harness racing. She then spent two years working for one of Australia’s leading stables before branching out on her own. Now she’s been named the February, 2023 winner of the Club Menangle Young Achiever Award for 2023.

    FEBRUARY 2023 WINNER: Ash Delosa

    MARCH

    Seaton Grima:

    With three metro winners in March, it’s impossible to ignore the talents of one of our up and coming young horsemen, who continues to climb the table among our very best. The surprising part about Grima is that he’s still just 20 years of age.

    He has worked extensively with Joe Conolly and learned a lot about training and quickly reached the stage where he was keen to run a small team of his own . . . and with Connolly’s support, he hasn’t looked back.

    Landing 17 winners in the sulky in his first season of driving, he has since racked up more than 30 winners in the sulky for the past three years and again looks on track to equal, or better that in 2024.

    His strike rate as a trainer also warrants respect from rivals. He had 64 starters last season for 13 winners and an impressive 20 per cent strike rate. And he has a few handy ones aiming up to continue that great run this season as well.

    With an impressive resume reading 123 winners as a driver, it’s no secret that Grima would dearly love to grab a Group One win sooner, rather than later. Seaton is a lay-down misère as the March, 2023 winner of the Club Menangle Young Achiever Award for 2023.

    MARCH WINNER: An in-form Seaton Grima.

     

     

     

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