Central West harness racing community mourns loss of Ron Hoy

Icon: Ron Hoy at a Dubbo Harness Racing Club function in 2012.

Icon: Ron Hoy at a Dubbo Harness Racing Club function in 2012.

The harness racing fraternity lost one of its true icons on Tuesday with the passing of Ron Hoy, aged 96.

Ron passed away peacefully in Peak Hill surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by sons Lindsay, Lester and Garth and daughter Janine.

Ron started his career in harness racing back in the mid 1950's at Peak Hill before eventually moving to Dubbo where he became a leading trainer for a number of years back in the 70's and 80's before handing over the reins to his sons.

Ron won more than six trainers premierships at Dubbo.

Best known as the trainer of 1980 Interdominion finalist Lone Boy, Ron also enjoyed a lot of success with his first pacer Rule Silver, while other horses of note trained by Ron included Rodney Robert, Lucky Magic, Twin Bay and Bossys Henry.

Flying Peko was a top-liner which he shared in the ownership with son Lester.

Lone Boy won multiple feature races at Harold Park including the Australasian 3 & 4yo Championship and the Viscount Grand Prix.

Arrangements for Ron's funeral are not yet finalised, however it is likely that a graveside funeral will be held at Peak Hill cemetery later in the week.