ELLE Rixon was the winner of this year’s HRNSW Rising Star Series and she has now been chosen as an ambassador for the NSW Standardbred Owners’ Association.
She will compete at each chosen track for the association’s Bonus Race Scheme.
Tamworth will host the NSWSOA at its September 15 meeting, and Rixon is looking for some outside drives so that she has the opportunity to wear the association’s especially-adopted racing colours.
For each drive Rixon has at the Tamworth meeting, $50 will go towards a chosen charity.
Keeping Pace reported on Rixon when she was part of the Rising Star Series and she has plenty of harness blood running through her veins, being the granddaughter of legendary trainer A D Tony Turnbull.
THE “you little beauty” award this week goes to Kellie Mackney after she received the Young Business Executive Award at last week’s Tamworth Quality Business Awards night.
Mackney is the wife of reinsman Danny Mackney and has had an involvement in harness racing in one way or another, and is more than impressive in her position at Hazell’s Farm & Fertilizer Tamworth.
And while we are on the subject of Hazell’s Farm & Fertilizer, congratulations to reinsman Scotty Jon Welsh who also works at Hazell’s.
He was presented with his business certificate at the awards night as well.
THE Tamworth HRC will host two heats of the JC Caffyn Plate on October 20 (a Friday night meeting).
These heats are part of the Indigenous Drivers Series with other heats conducted at Parkes and Wagga.
Over the years, the series has grown and culminates with the final for the Indigenous drivers to be conducted at TAB Corp Park Menangle on October 29.
Also on the October 20 meeting are two $10,000 Club Menangle Where Horse Fly Heats.
That gives local trainers an opportunity for a shot at having a start in the final at the Menangle event.
And to add to all of that, Tamworth will also be part of the Evolution Series with dates to be advised.
AFTER driving a winning double at Tamworth last Friday behind Merry Jasper and Fear No Evil, young reinsman Tom Ison headed to the Monday Newcastle meeting.
At the meeting he picked up a third with Fear No Evil.
There are plenty of Tamworth horses heading down to Newcastle tomorrow night.
So keep your eyes on the form guide.
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