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    HONOUR: Tony Logan has won a Harness Racing Victoria distinguished service award. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Harness racing accolade for Tony Logan

A long-standing member of the Wimmera horse racing community, Tony Logan, received a Victorian Harness Racing Media Association Bob Cain Memorial Distinguished Service award.

Mr Logan said media association president Len Baker presented him with the honour at the A.G Hunter Cup in Melton earlier this month.

He said he first started writing about the sport in 1988, when he was working at a Wimmera newspaper.

“I took on a job as a publicity officer at Horsham Harness Racing Club and then I would annoy the newsroom with bits and pieces,” he said.

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“I don’t get sick of doing it, but sometimes it’s hard to fit it in around everything else. 

“I’m always pleased when you can get local people and their achievements in the news.”

Mr Logan said one of the standout horses he had seen was Night Pistol, who began racing in 1993 and went on to win 55 races, including a race in Norway called the Harley Davidson.

“Bill Deleeuw and I, we raced a horse called Flip A Dollar. He had his first race in 1995 and raced for seven years,” he said. 

Mr Logan said he had seen many changes in the sport since he began going to tracks in the 1950s and 1960s. 

“I suppose it’s become more professional, there’s a lot of time and investment if you are training a horse now,” he said.

“There are still youngsters coming through pony clubs and things like that, wanting to drive horses in races, which is great.”

Mr Logan said the sport was as much about the community surrounding it as the races themselves.

“I suppose it’s good to be able to go along and catch up with people. And if your horse is there, it’s good to be able to celebrate your wins with them – it’s a very social thing,” he said.

“I also like to watch the really good horses in Melbourne or Sydney.

“It’s just as much about the people behind the horses. It’s a journey from when you get them, the hours people put in and the ups and downs. 

“If the horse gets injured, you might have put in months to get it on the track.” 

Mr Logan has a fortnightly column in The Weekly Advertiser in which he covers harness racing in the region. 

– Sean O’Connell

The entire February 21, 2024 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!