Now Driver of Year after World Drivers tilt

AUSTRALIAN Harness Racing Drivers Championship winner Todd McCarthy – the grandson of a Belmore butcher and son of legendary Treuer Memorial five-time consecutive winning trainer John McCarthy – can now add the title of Bankstown Paceway Driver of the Year to his growing list of accolades.

The 26-year old, who earlier this year became the youngest reinsman to represent Australia at the World Drivers Championship in Sweden – was lauded last Friday, on Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup Gala Race Night, along with Bankstown Paceway Trainer of the Year, Kerry McDowell, Bankstown Paceway Horse of the Year, Left Tennant, and Bankstown Paceway Owners of the Year, Allied Express Pacing and Trotting Pty Ltd,” Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender said.
Ms Lavender said last Friday night’s race meeting also saw a wealth of wins for New Zealand bred bays, with four-year-old pacer Make Way NZ, trained by Sonya Smith and driven by Anthony Butt, claiming the Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup while seven-year-old bay gelding Matai Valour NZ took out the Canterbury Bankstown City Council Mayor’s Cup.
“Bankstown Paceway’s Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing continues next Friday, December 6, with Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night, followed by Christmas Race Night on Friday, December 20 and Holiday Race Night on Friday, December 27 – and we look forward to welcoming the Canterbury Bankstown community and all of their families and friends back on track,” Ms Lavender said.