Big afternoon of racing at Stawell

STAWELL - The Stawell Harness Racing Club will honour two of the club's former employees at its race meeting on Monday afternoon.

The first race is in memory of former club secretary and venue manager Kaye Matthews.

Kaye was a great ambassador for the club over many years and also served on a number of committees during her time in harness racing.

She worked hard for the industry over her time and was rewarded by the Angelique club with the Pearl Kelly award.

This is the highest level of recognition for women in harness racing and the trophy for Monday's race is donated by the Angelique club.

Kaye's family will be in attendance on Monday to present the trophy and rug to the winning connections.

The race is restricted to female drivers only and has been won by some of the state's leading female drivers since the race has been run.

The other feature race is in honour of former track curator Brian Gunnell who served the club as track curator for a number of years before losing his battle with cancer in 2007.

Brian was very respected within the industry for his knowledge of track preparation and machinery maintenance.

He always said the job of being track curator was not 'rocket science' and wanted to have a team around him that could step up and do any job.

The trophy is being donated by the Trackside Bar and Bistro in memory of Brian and will be presented by his wife Sue and daughter Amy.

A great day of harness racing action is on offer with two very good feature races and the heats of the Tontine Trotters Heats with a final of $20,000 that will be run at Ballarat on February 14.

The bistro will be open from 12 noon with meals and snacks on offer during the day.

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