SCONE and Muswellbrook race clubs are the only Hunter and North West Racing Association clubs entered for 2013 Country and Provincial Racing Awards – and both are vying for the same gong.
Muswellbrook Race Club and Scone Race Club are both nominated for the Country TAB Race Club Of the Year Award, battling it out with Goulburn & District Racing Club and Murrumbidgee Turf Club for the prestigious award.
Scone trainer, Paul Messara, also has Mahisara and Ortensia in the running to win the Country Horse of the Year.
They duel it out with Niblick for that award while Dubbo’s Barry Hildebrandt (Dubbo Daily Liberal) is a finalist in the Country/Provincial Media Award with the Daily Examiner (Grafton), The Border Mail (Albury) and Matt Malone from Wagga’s Daily Advertiser.
The 2013 Country and Provincial Racing Awards will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney on Friday, October 4.
Scone Race Club CEO, Sarah Willis, is hopeful her club might win the Country TAB Club of the Year.
“I think Wagga won it last year,” she said of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club.
“We’ve been a finalist or winner of that in 13 of the last 14 years.
“We won the Most Popular Race Meeting in 2010 and the Country TAB Award in 2011, my first year here.”