Leeton Harness Racing Club has won big at the Harness Racing NSW awards recently.
The MIA Breeders Plate Carnival was named the best Carnival of Cups meeting with a feature up to $50,000.
Club Secretary Joanne Punch said the club was up against some strong competition.
“We were up against Wagga and Bathurst. They were two decent clubs to be up against,” she said.
“We were very pleased with the result.”
You put in that effort throughout the year and it’s good to have that effort recognised.”
Mrs Punch said the prize money will go toward making their Carnival even better.
“That money will go back into our Carnival of Cups. We’ll be able to boost it up again this year.”
The Breeders Plate takes place on the first of January every year.
There was plenty of other Riverina success during the night.
Former Young pacer Don’t Think Twice capped off another big season by being named NSW Three Year Old of the Year.
The Jason Grimson trained and driven filly was not only named the best three-year-old filly in the state but took out the overall honour at the awards ceremony.
David Druitt, who has recently moved from Morundah to Wagga, was named the leading hobbyist driver.
Yirribee Pacing Stud’s Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam was named NSW Sire of the Year.
Temora was named the best club with a feature race worth no more than $14,000.
Cootamundra was named the best club with a feature worth a maximum of $12,000.
Mrs Punch said Leeton Racing Club’s last season was a strong one.
“It was a good season, even though we’d had a few winter days. The horse participation was strong throughout the year,” she said.
“Our summer carnival is coming up. We have four meetings starting from Boxing Day night. We finish on January 26 with our big Breeders Plate.”
Mrs Punch said the event has something for everyone.
“We try to make it bigger and better each year.”
They wrapped up a stellar season with their presentation night last Saturday.