Tasmanian harness concession drivers head to Bendigo

Thursday 6 April 2017

Tasmania’s five leading harness racing concession drivers headed to Lords Raceway at Bendigo on Wednesday to take part in a concession drivers workshop.

Two of Australia’s leading drivers Chris Alford and Greg Sugars were on hand to give the group an insight into their race preparation with particular focus tactics.

Tasmania’s leading Junior Driver Jack Laugher was one of the drivers that attended the workshop and was happy to have had the opportunity to attend. “It was good to listen to Chris Alford and Greg Sugars, they showed us some race replays and explained different situations in races,” Laugher said.

Form analyst Craig Nott was on hand to give the drivers advice on things to look out for when doing their form prior to competing.

The group also learnt about the basics of business management from Paul Dobson from SBG Accountants .”Paul spoke to us on the finance side of the industry, it was an area I learnt a lot about and will be beneficial to all off us who attended,” Laugher explained.

After the workshop the drivers attended the harness program in Bendigo prior to flying back home.

“It was a good experience and if any drivers get the chance to next time I certainly encourage them to do so,” Laugher added.

Laugher who completed his Year 12 studies last year is currently the state’s leading Junior Driver and is hoping to forge a full time career in the industry, he is currently the stable foreman for his father Michael at his Westbury based stables.

The other drivers from Tasmania that attended the workshop were Matthew Howlett, Taylor Ford, Samantha Gangell and Hannah Van Dongden.