AFL Coaches Association president Danny Frawley was a guest speaker at Echuca Harness Racing Club's Echuca Pacing Cup on Friday.LUKE MCMANUS March 24, 2014 4:54am
Echuca Harness Racing Club manager Steve Ferguson praised special guest Danny Frawley for his professionalism at Friday night’s Echuca Pacing Cup.
A strong crowd descended on Frank Ryan Raceway for a superb night of racing, which featured a 10-race card, including the $25,000 pacing cup and $12,000 JA Connolley Crystal Bucket.
Connections of pacing cup winner Arber made the journey from Geelong to see their prized seven-year-old salute.
While most of the interest was on track, plenty turned to the special guests who entertained punters in the marquee, including AFL media personality Frawley and champion reinsman Brian Gath.
‘‘It was a very successful night,’’ Ferguson said.
‘‘Crowd was good considering the cooler conditions after the wind picked up.
‘‘We couldn’t complain with the ilk of trainers and drivers.
‘‘Danny Frawley and Brian Gath were major hits.’’
Ferguson said Frawley, president of the AFL Coaches Association, took the time to mingle with crowd members throughout the night and was ‘‘taken back’’ by his vast knowledge of harness racing.
‘‘Danny’s interview with Brian Gath was great,’’ Ferguson said.
‘‘His knowledge of horses and the detail of his memory of harness winners backed up over 30 years.
‘‘A lot of people were impressed.
‘‘He was kind enough to then run the major raffle and presented himself in such a professional manner all night which was a sound reflection of the man.’’
Frawley’s attendance on Friday night reached the Melbourne’s Triple M radio studios where Frawley was a guest panellist on the Saturday Rub program.
Jokingly questioned about his attendance and supposed high price tag by fellow panellists Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw and Damien Barrett, Frawley described the night as ‘‘magnificent’’ and referred to his ‘‘rich vein in trotting’’ as the catalyst behind his guest appearance.
Ferguson was called by Triple M and took some questions from Lyon.
‘‘The call came out of the blue,’’ Ferguson said.
‘‘I sent Danny a text message initially, thanking him for a job well done.
‘‘An hour later I got the call and I was on the radio.’’
Ferguson responded to a couple of questions from Lyon of which took the mickey out of Frawley, before Ferguson added: ‘‘in all seriousness, we couldn’t be more prouder of him’’.
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