Australia's World Drivers Championship Representative Neil Day pictured with Geoff Want (HRA) and Sam Nati (HRNSW).
Goulburn horseman Neil Day is still pinching himself to ensure he is not dreaming after being selected by Harness Racing New South Wales to represent Australia at the World Drivers’ Championship in France next year. Day has won races at the highest level in Australia but believes this latest honour is a career highlight.
“It is unbelievable, I’m absolutely over the moon, harness racing can sometimes be a long hard road but the rewards can make it so worthwhile and there is no doubt that being selected to represent my country is a very special moment in career,” Day said.
“I have been involved in the sport for a long time and have been lucky enough to have won two or three Gr.1 races but to be selected to compete in the World Drivers’ Championship is clearly my biggest achievement and it is going to be pretty special.”
Day took Camlach to New Zealand for an Auckland Inter Dominion series but has never ever been to France.
“Yeah I have driven in New Zealand but that’s about the extent of my international experience and it will be the first time I have ever been to France so I can’t wait until the series begins.”
“I had absolutely no idea when the announcement was made at the industry awards night on the weekend, it came as a huge shock and it’s going to be one hell of an experience.”
Western Australia became an attractive option for Day and his family a number of years ago but he is happy he remained in New South Wales.
“A few years back I looked very closely at relocating to Perth because the industry was going so well over there but I always knew that if NSW got its act together it was the place to be because it owned Harold Park and Menangle.”
“Now that Harold Park has been sold and prizemoney has been boosted I’m glad that I’m still training and driving in NSW, I definitely made the right decision.”
Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.
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