PACKING up his big black shiny car and heading west to Highlands Paceway, Australian Recording Industry Association award winning artist Shannon Noll says he can’t wait to get amongst it in Orange this Sunday.
The Australian Idol runner-up is the face of Harness Racing NSW for the 2012-13 season and will venture to Orange and Blayney over the coming month to help promote harness racing in the bush.
Aside from the trotters, Noll will be the biggest drawcard at Sunday’s Orange Harness Racing Club Banjo Paterson race meeting, the biggest TAB trotts meeting at the tiny club this season.
A harness racing tragic, Noll was excited about the opportunity.
“Growing up as a young fella I often went to the trots to have a good time,” he said.
“A lot of my harness racing appearances will be in regional areas or the outskirts of Sydney and that’s where I love to play.
“Harness racing deserves as much publicity as possible, as it is a multi-million dollar sport and creates a lot of jobs and opportunity for all demographics.
“I can’t wait to get amongst it.”
Reprising classics like What About Me, Shine and a number of songs from award-winning albums Lift and That’s What I’m Talking About, Noll is expected to help boost attendance numbers towards the 2000-people mark.
Harness Racing NSW chief executive officer Sam Nati said, along with his stay Orange, Noll’s performances across NSW country were a great showcase for the harness racing community.
“Shannon has a tremendous following all over Australia and we felt he can assist in helping showcase harness racing to the general public,” Mr Nati said.
“We are very excited to have him on board and believe the harness fraternity will have something to boast about during the 2012-13 season.”
Noll will be performing at the Highlands Paceway on Sunday.
He will again be on show at the Blayney paceway on March 10.