OUTSTANDING pacer Tiger Tara has retained his position as the Gallagher New South Wales Horse of the Year.
A unanimous choice for the prestigious title, Tiger Tara was bestowed the honour during this evening’s Harness Racing New South Wales Awards Night.
Winner of the 2018 award, the Kevin Pizzuto-trained stallion successfully defended the throne thanks to his remarkable season, which included victories in the Tabcorp Inter Dominion and the A G Hunter and Victoria Cups for a bankroll of $865,500.
Tiger Tara, which finished the term as Grand Circuit champion, was also recently declared the Australian Horse of the Year.
Another highlight of the function was the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation responsible for Racing, the Hon Kevin Anderson, presenting Club Menangle Chairman Ray Sharman with Australia’s highest harness racing award – the JP Stratton Award.
Sharman’s dedication to the industry includes 26 years of service on that board.
Harness Racing NSW also presented awards for several categories in front of a capacity crowd, hosted by Mark McNamara.
HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Club Menangle NSW Two-Year-Old of the Year: Expensive Ego
Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Expensive Ego
Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Michelle Lee Mac
Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year: Playboy In Paris
Club Menangle NSW Three-Year-Old of the Year: Muscle Factory
Sydney Morning Herald NSW Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Muscle Factory
Sydney Morning Herald NSW Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Miss Streisand
Sydney Morning Herald NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year: Caligula
Club Menangle NSW Aged Horse of the Year: Tiger Tara
KS Black & Co NSW Aged Entire/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Tiger Tara
KS Black & Co NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year: Major Occasion
KS Black & Co NSW Aged Trotter of the Year: Tough Monarch
Daily Form Service NSW Broodmare of the Year: Miss Brazillian
Daily Form Service NSW Sire of the Year: Million Dollar Cam
TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence: Anthony Frisby
Lexus Of Parramatta Junior Trainer Encouragement Award: Brooke Wilkins
Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award: Joshua Gallagher
KARI Indigenous Participant of the Year: James Sutton
Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Driver: Cassie Robinson
Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Trainer: Wayne Sullivan
Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Trotting Trainer and Driver: Blake Fitzpatrick
Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Junior Driver: Cameron Hart
Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Driver: Todd McCarthy
Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Trainer: KerryAnn Turner
GHD NSW Owner of the Year: Greg and Mandy Targett
IntelliTek NSW Breeder of the Year: Greg and Mandy Targett
Harness Racing NSW Service to the Breeding Industry: Peter and Marie Neil
CLUB MENANGLE AWARDS
Lexus of Parramatta Medal: Lachie Manzelmann
Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle First Lady Award: Gemma Rue
Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Driver: Todd McCarthy
Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Trainer: Shane and Lauren Tritton
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
HRNSW Don Clough Award: Lorraine Pozza
HRNSW Industry Contribution Award: Jim Bell
HRNSW Club Volunteer Awards: Ann Brown (Tamworth HRC), Brian Hay (Wagga HRC), Jan Hay (Wagga HRC), Peter Jones (Eugowra HRC), Terry McMillen (Wagga HRC)
CARNIVAL OF CUPS AWARDS
Tabcorp Carnival of Cups Horse of the Series: Ned Pepper
Tabcorp Best Community Engagement Club: Coolamon HRC
Tabcorp Best Fraternity Engagement Club: Young HRC
Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race over $30,000: Eugowra HRC
Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race between $13,001 and $30,000: Temora HRC
Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race to a max of $13,000: Newcastle HRC