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Halwes Medal count could be a close encounter

02 / 09 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
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At the end of June dual Halwes Medalist Gareth Rattray held a slender three point lead over Ricky Duggan in the race for the 2014 Halwes Medal.

At the end of June, Rattray had 58 votes from Duggan on 55 with Todd Rattray in third place on 45.

The top ten also includes Barrie Rattray (34), Nathan Ford (32), Rohan Hillier (27), Juanita McKenzie (23), Dylan Ford (21), Craig Hayes (21) and Zeke Slater (21).

As Gareth Rattray has been sidelined for the past six weeks owing to a necessity to have major surgery, the voting for the Halwes Medal promises to be very interesting up to the final meeting of the season in Hobart last Sunday night.

The Halwes Medal is sponsored by BOTRA Tasmania and Jamie Cockshutt. The award recognises excellence in horsemanship and operates under the following format:

  • A panel of nine members is rostered to vote throughout the harness season (September 2013 to August 2014). Panel members are Jamie Cockshutt, Peter Cooley, Greg Mansfield, Kevin Neilson, Matt Robertson, David Sales, Damien Seaton, Peter Staples and Shane Yates.
  • A panel member votes on each meeting and has 10 votes to allocate.
  • The 10 votes can be allocated at the panel member’s discretion with a maximum of five votes for any trainer or driver.
  • Only Tasmanian registered licensed persons are eligible to receive votes.

Halwes Medal votes for the last 13 meetings (July and August) will be announced at the Tasracing Harness Awards Dinner at Country Club Tasmania, Launceston on Saturday 13 September.

The BOTRA Young Achiever Award is run in conjunction with the Halwes Medal and is restricted to licensed persons aged 24 or under as at 1 September 2013. Todd Rattray leads with 45 votes from Dylan Ford with 21 votes, followed by Nick Brockman (19), Duncan Dornauf (11), Lyarna Graham (11), Matthew Howlett (9), Tim Yole (6) and Brady Woods (5).

Halwes Medal votes to 1 July 2014 are:

58        Gareth Rattray

55        Ricky Duggan

45        Todd Rattray

34        Barrie Rattray

32        Nathan Ford

27        Rohan Hillier

23        Juanita McKenzie

21        Dylan Ford

21        Craig Hayes

21        Zeke Slater

19        Nick Brockman

16        Adrian Duggan, Dick Eaves, Grant Hodges

15        Troy Hillier

13        Steve Davis, Andrew Rawlings

11        Duncan Dornauf, Lyarna Graham

10        Paul Ashwood, John Walters,

9          Matthew Howlett

8          Kate Macleod

7          Justin Campbell, Erin Hollaway, Heath Szczypka,

6          Adrian Collins, Rohan Hadley, Brooke Hammond, Tim Maine, Zane Medhurst, Tim Yole

5          Chris Howlett, David Mace, Kent Rattray, Christian Salter, Andrew Thornton, Brady Woods, Ben Yole, Mark Yole

4          Rod Ashwood, Kevin Denny, Matthew Dwyer, Natalee Emery, Sam Freeman, Brian Mackrill, Paul Medhurst, Ben Rossendell, Wayne Watson, Roger Whitmore, Paul Williams

3          Shelley Barnes, Eric Blomquist, Mark Butler, Taylor Ford, Paul Hill, Braden Howlett, James Johnson, Geoff Smith, Keith Toulmin, Campbell Watt, Scott Woods

2          James Austin, Daryl Bates, Roger Brown, Rod Burgess, John Castles, Mike Castles, Michael Dornauf, Kevin Gillies, Kristy Grant, Eric Jacobson, Steve Lukac, Melissa Maine, Brent Parish, Greg Scott, Damien Spring, Chris Viney, Bradley Walters, Allister Woods, Clinton Woods, Robert Woods

1          Jim Allen, Andrew Arnott, Chris Aylett, Phillip Aylett, Barry Close, Bill Dornauf, Leigh Dornauf, David Dwyer, Robert Gillie, Max Hadley, Cleone Hill, Justin Howlett, Max Jacobson, Brett Jaffray, Geoff Madden, Clayton Miller, Ben Parker, Nick Perotti, Phil Rawnsley, Brian Stanley, Ian Swain, Lindsay Tatnell