GOOD GUY: Frank’s riding high after harness racing moves to grass

The Orange Harness Racing Club appears to have settled at its new home at Towac Park – and president Frank McRae couldn’t be happier.

IN THE BLOOD: Orange Harness Racing Club president Frank McRae is enjoying the shift to Towac Park. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY 0121amfrank2

IN THE BLOOD: Orange Harness Racing Club president Frank McRae is enjoying the shift to Towac Park. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY 0121amfrank2

“The two meetings in 2017 exceeded expectations,” he said as the first meeting of 2018 was run last Sunday.

The club has shifted from its traditional home at Highlands Paceway to the horse racing track and is unique in NSW for running on grass.

“We always used to have good crowds,” he said.

“But the move to the grass at Towac Park has kept harness racing in Orange.”

Mr McRae said he had been involved in harness racing in Orange from when he moved to the city in 1993.

Before that he said he had been involved in the sport with horse breeding and training elsewhere in NSW.

Mr McRae said he still had an interest in a couple of horses.

The club has about 30 members, mainly trainers and owners with five life members.

The next big harness racing event, the Banjo Paterson Cup meeting, is at Towac Park on Sunday February 4. 

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