A champion becomes a legend

Saturday 2 September 2017

Champion galloper Brallos has been elevated to Legend status in the Tasmanian Racing Hall of Fame.

The first horse to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2005, Brallos was a champion stayer in 1970s winning the Hobart and Launceston Cups double twice along with two Devonport Cups and a Geelong Cup.

Other Hall Of fame inductees last Friday night were top stallion Aliocha, wonder horse The Cleaner,  jockey Ray Bean, trainer Joseph Powell and associates Neil Herbert and Darrel Baldock.

On a gala occasion at the Country Club in Launceston, Wordsmith was again Tasmania’s leading sire of juveniles for the fourth season in a row. Wordsmith was also the state’s leading sire overall.

Palatine Hill, dam of Palentino was broodmare of the year while Hot Dipped took out the leading race mare or filly award.

Again Paul and Elizabeth Geard won the leading owners award with 24 individual and a total of 42 wins for the season.

Scott Brunton was the leading trainer, David Pires, leading jockey and Raquel Clark the top apprentice. Irish born apprentice Chris Graham was named Dux of the Apprentice School. The 25-year-old was also runner up behind Clark on the premiership table.

Longtime owners/ breeder Owen and Sandra Atkins were awarded the TAN Recognition Award for services to the Tasmanian Racing Industry.