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    Vale: Bruce Kennedy . . . a complete horseman Vale: Bruce Kennedy . . . a complete horseman

    STAR PERFORMER: Double Tryax, with Mike Ilsley in the bike, returns after scoring a win for Bruce Kennedy at Harold Park.

    ONE of harness racing’s nice guys as well as a successful trainer-driver, Bruce Joseph Kennedy, from Moss Vale, passed away last Sunday, June 11.... Vale: Bruce Kennedy . . . a complete horseman

    ONE of harness racing’s nice guys as well as a successful trainer-driver, Bruce Joseph Kennedy, from Moss Vale, passed away last Sunday, June 11.

    He was 86.

    Born on April 26, 1937, Bruce Kennedy was a policeman in the Moss Vale area in his early life.

    He was well-known throughout the community doing his road safety lectures, ‘look to the left and look to the right’ at local public schools in the Southern Highlands.

    It was not all good police work either, Kennedy also dabbled later in life as a tyre-fitter and salesman at Firestone, storeman at the abattoirs, carrier, agent for Golden Fleece products and even tried farming in Temora.

    Regarded as an astute horseman, Kennedy was involved in polo cross, rodeos and pony club but it was with harness racing where he had his most success.

    He was a studmaster, farrier and a trainer-driver . . . a complete horseman.

    He was the main instigator in developing a harness racing club in Moss Vale and a training track at Lackey Park in 1965 and was the first president of the club.

    Over the ensuing years, Bruce Kennedy trained and drove many winners.

    The computerised records state that he trained 162 winners and had 337 placings from 1767 starters since 1984.

    Prior to 1984 he had winners like good old Berrima Bill (that saw David Baxter score a track record win at the old Nowra track), Ma Ma Goon and Recovered Monarch.

    Kennedy’s last winner as a driver was aboard Kybean Vic at Wagga on December 20, 1997.

    His last winner as a trainer was Art Prevails (Darby McGuigan) at Bendigo on November 27, 2018.

    Since 1984, Bruce Kennedy had some successful pacers. They included:

    Art Prevails, Swiss Candy, Chipland, Funny Car, Kybean Vic, Nordic Princess, Paleface Candy, Winsome Rama, Sculptor, Camberwell King, Winblast, Yuri Gagarin, Albireo, Enniskillen, Young Presto, Gala Strike, Enthral, Alamode, Il Porcellino, Troubled Waters, Silent Judge and Sweet Home Alabama, that each won four or more races.

    He won three races (with five other placings) at Harold Park with the injury-plagued Double Tryax on June 19, July 20 and August 14, 1984 with Michael Ilsley taking the reins.

    He had many Harold Park winners, as well as wins at Moonee Valley and Melton in Victoria.

    For a period, he was based in Victoria with his team.

    Sadly, illness crept up on Bruce in recent times before he passed away surrounded by his loving family on June 11.

    Bruce Kennedy’s funeral will take place on Thursday, June 22 at 2pm at St Patrick’s Catholic, Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest.

    National Trotguide along with Club Menangle directors and staff offer our condolences to Bruce’s wife of 64 years, Janelle, and children Alan, Joanne, Belinda and Lesley, and his family and friends.

    • PETER COLLIER

    National Trotguide

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