PRESS RELEASE: PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup 2020

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The Ballarat & District Trotting Club in partnership with Harness Racing Victoria are pleased to launch the 2020 TAB Summer of Glory Carnival. The launch will coincide with the official barrier draw for the Group One PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup with a breakfast at the Club on Tuesday January 14th 2020 in the main grandstand room.

The morning will also feature a live outside Broadcast by Radio Sport National’s Michael Felgate where he will interview guests such as the voice of harness Dan Mielicki and form expert Jason Bonnington as well as other industry participants striving for Cup Glory.

There will be prize giveaways throughout the morning as well as the all-important barrier draw for the Group 1 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup being broadcast live on RSN radio between 8.30 and 12pm.

The morning will begin from 7.30am. The breakfast is a free event to attend but bookings have to be made through the BDTC on 53 359041 prior to Monday January 13.

The Club will also be conducting a set of trials commencing at 10am for the participants which will provide an opportunity to chat with leading trainers and drivers competing in the Summer Of Glory carnival.

Ballarat Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse said it will be a fantastic event to be a part of at an exciting time of year for Harness Racing. ‘The Victorian Country Cups are in full swing at the moment with the best horses currently racing. We are really excited to be given the opportunity to kick off the TAB Summer of Glory and this event is a great way to build the excitement ahead of the Ballarat Cup”.

In support of the amazing donations being committed to bushfire relief in Victoria and Interstate we have decided to give 100 per cent of our Ballarat Pacing Cup night gate takings on Saturday, January 18, to Wildlife Victoria, which is feeding and caring for the animals caught up in the bushfires. This is a great fit for our Club as PETstock are our Cup sponsors and we are hoping to raise $5,000. Every paying patron on the night will go into the draw to win a $3,000 holiday to Vanuatu. 

Ballarat & District Trotting Club
Ash Madder
(03) 5335 9040


VALE Danny Frawley

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The Ballarat & District Trotting Club is saddened by the death of Danny Frawley. 

Danny had a lifelong association with the club and the greater harness racing industry, with the Frawley family name synonymous with the sport.
His father Brian was BDTC President from 1981 to 1986, a committee member for 35 years and past life member.
Brian was also a breeder, owner and trainer at his Bungaree property, where Danny and the rest of the family were immersed in harness racing.
It was to be this ingrained love for standardbreds that saw Danny become involved in the governance of the industry.
Danny followed his father’s footsteps into administration of the sport when appointed to the Board of Harness Racing Victoria in 2016.
HRV Chairman Dale Monteith paid tribute to Danny’s infectious passion for the sport and the people involved. As a board member Danny was instrumental in securing the 2018 Interdominion series back to Victoria and gaining free to air coverage for Grand Final night.
Danny was a close friend of the BDTC and the thoughts of everyone at the club, past and present, are with his wife Anita, daughters Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley, and mother Shirley and family.

The Frawley family have been an integral part of our Club over many years and have shared the same values our Club has been built on with an unwaivering willingness to help others.
Danny was always willing to use his profile and extensive contacts to support our Club whenever called upon. He was an invaluable promoter of not only our Club but the sport of harness racing in general.
On a personal note Danny was great support to our CEO Paul Rowse and myself as President.

TROTS CLUBS VICTORIA CHAIRMAN (BDTC Life Member and past president Paul James)
Having been involved with both the Frawley and James families for many years the death of some one such as Danny affects so many people. Having known Danny all his life I was able to watch him develop as part of the Frawley family to his junior sport and then senior sport and then his marriage to Anita and the development of his own family and a successful media career.
There are others more qualified than I to talk about his sporting career but my thoughts and those of my wife Anne are with both the Frawley and James families in particular his mother Shirley and wife Anita and the three girls.
Danny always retained the common touch and was always a country boy at heart and always from my point of view found time to meet and greet me. A loss to many across many areas of the communities of Victoria as has been highlighted by the out-pouring of grief from everyone that new him and had come in touch with him.

Danny’s loss will be felt far and wide and he will be missed by many. He was a person full of vitality always wanting to contribute his utmost in whatever he chose to take on.
Danny loved his involvement in harness racing and was very positive about his role with the HRV Board. Danny’s love of all things racing extended through to the thoroughbreds with his wife Anita recently taking over Sylvan Lodge.

VALE Danny Frawley - Media Release

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