Motukarara Harness Racing Competitions

Each season we recognise success on the track with our race result competitions.

Competition Rules

Competition points will be awarded as follows:  1st – 5 points; 2nd – 3 points; 3rd – 2 points; 4th – 1 point

In the event of a tie in any of the competitions, the winner will be decided firstly on the most 1st place points. If still a tie, then the most 2nd place points. If still a tie, then the most 3rd place points


The Winning Filly/Mare will be the holder of the Trophy donated by the late Colleen Breen for one year.

2019/20 Winner: Gotta Party Doll
2018/19 Winner: Sounds Lika Gem

The winning trainer will receive $500 of stock food and will be the holder of the Motukarara Trainers Trophy for one year.

2019/20 Winner: Greg & Nina Hope
2018/19 Winner: Greg & Nina Hope

DRIVER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by The Famous Grouse Hotel, Lincoln
The winner will receive a $250 Food & Beverage Voucher for The Famous Grouse Hotel in Lincoln

2019/20 Winner: Blair Orange
2018/19 Winner: Blair Orange

JUNIOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Lindsay and Judith Blackmore
The winning Junior Driver will be the holder for one year of the Royce Court Memorial Trophy donated by Mrs Joan Court, and a voucher donated by Lindsay and Judith Blackmore.

2019/20 Winner: Ben Hope
2018/19 Winner: Ben Hope/Sarah O’Reilly

2020/21 Season

Leaderboard after Racing Sunday 22 November: Round 2 of 6

Filly/Mare Award

Filly/Mare of the Year Points
Sungait’s Legacy 5
For Today 5
Missy Moo 5
Jenabella 5
Tiger Lou 5
Mad Lu Li 5
Escargo 5
Star Reactor 5
Annie Richter 4
Kusanova 3
Random Jude 3
Playa Vista 3
Aldebaran Floss 3
Deja Blue 3
Call This Fun 2
Refine 2
Bella Button 2
Duastar 2
Dixie Flyer 2
Conquer Me 2
Alvira Hest 2

Trainer Award

Trainer of the Year Points
Robert Dunn 13
Colin & Julie De Fillipi 12
Geoff & James Dunn 11
Trent Yesberg 10
Greg & Nina Hope 7
Jason & Ian Thomas 7
Graham Court 7
Fred Fletcher 6
David McCormick 5
Sam Smolenski 5
Stephen McRae 5
Matt Purvis 5
Dean Taylor 5
Brent White 5
Jack Harrington 5
Chris McDowell 5
Gerard McCrea 5
Andrew Stuart 5
Roger Austin 5
Katie Cox 5
Greg Manson 5
Kevin Townley 5
Chris Thornley 5

Driver Award

 Driver of the Year Points
John R Dunn 19
Blair Orange 19
GD Smith 15
JC Morrison (j) 14
GD O’Reilly 11
SE O’Reilly (j) 10
RT May 9
LF O’Reilly 8
CJ De Filippi 8
Craig D Thornley 8
KG Cameron 8
SJ Thornley (j) 8
BT Hope (j) 7
RJ Butt 6
MJ Williamson 6
JCE Thomas 6
SJ Tomlinson (j) 6
KA Butt 6
LD McCormick 5
J Herbert 5
GN Thornley (j) 5

Junior Driver Award

Junior Driver of Year Points
JC Morrison 14
SE O’Reilly 10
SJ Thornley 8
BT Hope 7
SJ Tomlinson 6
GN Thornley 5
BA Laughton 3
MD Hurrell 2
KK Tomlinson 2
SD Iremonger 2
JW Best 1

Competition Summary

After two meetings there’s a log-jam at the top in the Filly or Mare of the Year Award, with only two horses collecting points at both meetings so far.

Robert Dunn leads Trainer of the Year narrowly from Colin & Julie De Fillipi, who had a great second day, as did Geoff & James Dunn in 3rd.

There’s tie for first amongst the Drivers with John Dunn and Blair Orange both on 19 points, Blair collected 18 of those at the November meeting. First day leader Gavin Smith holds on to 3rd.

In the Junior Drivers competition we have clear leader, John Morrison on 14 points being clear of the chasing pack led by Sarah O’Reilly.

Presentations 2019/20 Season

Delayed due to Covid restrictions, the presentations to our 2019/20 club competitions were made during our September 2020 race meeting.

Club Patron Lindsay Blackmore presented Ben Hope with the trophy for leading Junior Driver last year.


Greg and Nina Hope took out the Leading Trainer prize. Here Nina engages with Junior Vice-President Bonnie Williams and committee member Maurice McDermott.


Last season’s Top Filly or Mare at Motukarara was Gotta Party Doll, Alan Marshall accepting her award on behalf of the owners.


Blair Orange was last season’s leading driver. Blair attended the meeting but was unable to join the presentation.

Blair Orange

Also recognised were our big race winners: Habibi Inta in the 2019 DG Jones Memorial Trotting Cup, Homebush Lad in the Motukarara Xmas Cup and Baltimore Jack for victory in the Banks Peninsula Cup.