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Duggan caps season with Hall of Fame induction

30 / 09 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Ricky Duggan after one of his 1300 wins icon Click to enlarge

RICKY DUGGAN needs no introduction in Tasmanian harness racing circles having been one of the state’s best reinsmen for at least the past two decades.

Last season he was again dominant in the sulky and while he finished second to Gareth Rattray in the driver’s premiership his season was capped by two honors that were bestowed upon him at the annual awards dinner this month.

Duggan, 45, won the Halwes Medal that is awarded to an industry participant for his or her achievements throughout the season.

A panel of judges is asked to cast votes on specific meetings throughout the season with 10 votes available per meeting and the judge can divide those votes as he or she sees fit.

Duggan drove five winners at the last meeting of the season to earn five votes and that gave him the edge over two-time Halwes Medal winner Gareth Rattray for the 2013-14 racing season.

But what really pleased Duggan was his induction into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

To be included in the inaugural intake of the HOF was the icing on the cake for the popular reinsmen.

Duggan has long been considered one of the best to sit in a sulky in Tasmania and the list of his feature race wins clearly justifies his induction but he also has been and still is a great ambassador for Tasmanian harness racing.

Here is a compacted list of his feature race wins that are included in his career tally that exceeds 1300 winners.

                                             RICKY DUGGAN

  • Driver 1987 to present day – 1310 wins (to 29/09/2014)
  • Leading Driver four times – 1997/98 (68), 2002/03 (54), 2003/04 (59) and 2004/05 (78).
  • Won Easter Cup 2005 (Fleet Express), 2007 (Fleet Express) and 2010 (Our Sir Jeckyl).
  • Won Dandy Patch 1992 (Mandasha), 1994 (Classic Kiwi), 1995 (Irish Enough), 1997 (Chippolini), 2001 (Shillelagh), 2005 (Next Top) and 2009 (Ogrady).
  • Won Evicus 1992 (Flo Jo Torado) and 2001 (Missys Ticket).
  • Won Globe Derby 1996 (Shiver Me Timbers), 1998 (Simply Electric) and 2007 (Sunrise Olympus).
  • Won Bandbox 1994 (Helluva Girl), 2010 (Maggie Kennedy) and 2012 (Blissfull Grace).
  • Won Raider Stakes 1999 (Simply Electric), 2004 (Gotcha Mate), 2009 (Tippedintoomuch) and 2012 (Quastor Centurion).
  • Won Granny Smith 1996 (Cottro), 2003 (Milady Meg) and 2012 (Tisu Holly).
  • Won Metropolitan Cup 2012 (Our Sir Jeckyl).
  • Won Danbury Park Cup 2001 (Saint Peters Pass) and 2008 (Fleet Express)
  • Won Devonport Cup 1995 (Gold Label), 1997 (Shiver Me Timbers), 2001 (The Fence Breaker), 2005 (Daman) and 2012 (Queen Of Fire).
  • Won 2YO Sweepstakes 1997 (Turbo Tyson) and 1998 (Hooligan Hanover).