Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club honours sponsor

HONOUR: Roland Roccioletti, Liciana Larkyn, Ian Simmons, Lynton Bishop, Kelvin Amos and Gary Crocker. Photo: Ali Kuchel.
HONOUR: Roland Roccioletti, Liciana Larkyn, Ian Simmons, Lynton Bishop, Kelvin Amos and Gary Crocker. Photo: Ali Kuchel.

Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club held another successful race day at Morgan Park on Wednesday, December 27.

The feature of the day was the unveiling of the Honour Board by major sponsor Kelvin Amos from Lonsdale Sand and Metal.

Kelvin’s support and generous contributions have enabled the club to complete several major projects.

Kelvin is a quiet and unassuming man and was overwhelmed by the recognition. More than 650 patrons travelled from various areas of the state plus visitors from Sydney and Devonport, Tasmania, enjoyed the twilight meeting.

Locals of all ages also enjoyed the day including an enthusiastic group of young people from Hayborough.

Due to the forecast of hot weather, it was disappointing to receive a few scratchings however, the cool change came in after the first race relieving conditions.

Racing was fast and furious with south-east trained Big Bruce clocking 1.55.6 for 1660 metres to break his own track record, which he set at the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club’s 2017 Easter meeting.

Winner of the feature race, ‘The Goolwa Hotel Claiming Cup’, was Callaway Bromac, owned and trained by Andrew Kearney of Linwood.

Andrew had only owned the horse for 10 days after claiming the horse and has won twice in as many starts.

Secretary of the Victor Harbor Harness racing Club Ian Simmons said it was day for everyone, as the club offers a family friendly enviroment.

“The committee of the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club would like to thank all sponsors, suppliers, volunteers and patrons for their support to make our race days so successful,” Ian said.

“To all owners, trainers, drivers and officials a big thank you, as without your dedication to the Harness Racing Industry we would all miss out on fun days at the Victor Harbor trots.

“There was plenty of fast racing action and activities for the children. Activities included face painting and amusements. For the adults there were full bar and TAB facilities and bookies on course.” 

Ian said the smell of a freshly cooked barbecue and backing a winner had the crowd in raptures throughout the day.

The event was the first of three race meetings held by the club this season with one being run on Monday, January 1. A report on this event will be in the January 11 edition of The Times. The final meeting will be held on April 1, 2018.  

Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club president Lynton Bishop said it was a great start for the club as it hosts its three race meetings.

“The event could not happen without the support of Harness Racing SA, our sponsors and the local community. It really is a great day out for the family and the punter who likes a bet,” Lynton said.