Page 4122 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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Sky Racing, the Carbine Club of the ACT, Peter Blackshaw Inner North and Rural, Cleanaway, the Mark Agency, Siren bar Gungahlin, and Nexus Accountants—ensure that the spirit of Tony Campbell’s contribution to racing in the region continues.

The Canberra Racing Club premiership awards for season 2010-11 were made and the results were as follows: the overall jockeys were, first, Jeff Penza, then William Pearson, Annelise King, Brendan Ward, Scott Pollard, Matthew Cahill, Kevin Sweeney, Brad Clark, Patrick Murphy and Grant Buckley. The trainers were, first, Keith Dryden, then Matthew Dale, Terry Robinson, Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones, Patrick and Wayne Webster, Mark Wallace, Bronwyn Mackie, Mike Petrovic, Joe Cleary and Kerry Parker.

The apprentices were, first, Annelise King, then Kayla Nisbet, Lauri Wray, Yusuke Ichikawa, Tenneil Mitchell, Shaun Guymer, Ben Vassallo, Natasha Winton, Chad Schofield and John Kissick, and the horses of the year were I’m Mary Too, Maniago, Hustle, Ten of Hearts, Acta Non Verba, General Jay Dee, Gorgeous Amelia, Island Bel, Kanskje and Layable.

The event also saw the unveiling of the refurbished Silks Room and Rich Reward Room, which were in use for the first time at this event since completion of the renovations. They are great renovations and a great addition to Canberra and of course to the racetrack.

Of course we cannot forget to mention the finishing order for race 6, the ACTTAB Tony Campbell memorial cup. First place went to Trescorpioni from New Zealand, which was ridden by Brendan Ward and trained by Bernie Howlett. Second place went to Clever Hans, whose jockey was Jeff Penza and trainer Rado Boljun. Ten of Hearts, with Annelise King as jockey and Mike Petrovic as trainer, finished in third place. Fourth past the finishing post was Vilakazi Street ridden by Kevin Sweeney.

I encourage members to remember that Thoroughbred Park are now accepting bookings for other important race meets on the spring calendar, including the upcoming ACTTAB Melbourne Cup day. Members of this place are well aware that the racing industry in Canberra, and indeed across Australia, is undergoing major change, bringing with it a number of challenges. However, it is a credit to the strength and resilience of the local industry that it continues to thrive in the region despite these challenges.

The industry supports hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs and it makes a large contribution to our economy. I believe the industry was not given the respect it deserves by this government, but I am pleased that a solution, perhaps just a temporary one, has been reached. I urge all in this place to take the racing industry seriously, to meet with them, to find out what their concerns are and to ensure that we have a lively industry going into the future.

Dr Peter Sharp AM

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