An announcement by Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman, Rod Smith drew a huge cheer and round of applause from the healthy crowd who attended a top quality meeting at Peak Hill last Sunday.
Smith, who was at the meeting as a sponsor along with HRNSW CEO John Dumesny, told the passionate crowd that both he and John will be doing everything within their power to aid the Peak Hill Showground Trust and Harness Racing Club to improve the facilities at the historic venue to ensure the sport can continue in the town.
Smith explained that his Board has an obligation to ensure that all WHS legislation is met - that facilities are compliant and safe for participants, staff and patrons.
He was adamant that - as a long term and continuing sponsor of Peak Hill - he was not walking away from a community that is passionate and steeped in harness racing history.
Sunday's racing was as good as could been seen anywhere in the state and it produced two track records which further endorsed why it is known as one of the best paceways in the country.
It is hard to single out what was the highlight during the afternoon, but the Kriden Park Lady Drivers Invitational produced one of the best and most exciting races and finishes of the day.
Only twenty metres separated first to last in the race which was a cleanly run affair that gave every horse and driver their chance of winning.
But in a blanket finish it was Bathurst driver, Cindy Bourke aboard the Steve Turnbull trained Maximus Red ($5) that prevailed by just one and a half metres.
Bourke backed her horse's toughness, making her move with 800 metres to run and slowly but surely she made her way forward to join the leaders as they swung for home.
Bourke then got to work on the gelding, and he gained the upper hand in the shadows of the post.
Central Coast visitor Rocknlachlan ($2.70 fav) was brave as he parked outside the leader and never gave in as Serin Adams persuaded him to the line.
Third placed Lettucefirestar ($3.40) led them a merry dance with Emma Turnbull rating that pacer perfectly.
But on the day, he just found the others a little too strong, going down by a two metres after setting an even pace which returned 1.57.8 for the mile rate.
A most impressive all the way win by Hes Chiming ($1.35) paved the way to a track record in the Club Menangle Country Series Heat.
Driven by John O'Shea for trainer Lester Hewitt, Hes Chiming showed superior speed from barrier four and then O'Shea allowed the four-year-old his head, running the last half mile in 55.8 seconds to smash the 1800 metre track record by almost a second which posted a mile rating of 1.55.2.
Riverina visitor Abitmorebliss ($1.12) never appeared to get out of second gear on his way to a hollow 17 metre victory in the Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Heat for trainer Ellen Bartley and driver Blake Jones.
From barrier one, Jones had little trouble in leading and he allowed the talented pacer to stroll through the first half before ramping things up with a 56.7 second half which put their rivals to bed.
Amanda Turnbull has not previously won a Jack Honan Memorial but on Sunday that all changed when Loyola Trois ($1.28) produced to tough staying performance to score.
Turnbull was flushed out with 1100 metres to travel and the son of Mach Three appeared to be labouring out three wide.
Amanda had to work on Loyola Trios and after appearing as though he was beaten, he fought on gamely to win by a neck in a fast 1.56.6.
Mo Chara ($34, Robert Harris) was set to cause a boilover when she stuck her head in front 50 metres from the post but found the winner had superior fitness.
Young trained gelding Ned Pepper ($12) is beginning to earn the title as giant killer after he scored a most impressive win in the Peak Hill Ex-Services & Citizens Cup on Sunday.
The Katie Jenner trained eight-year-old was driven perfectly by Angela Hedges who secured the one-out, one-back trail early in the race and sat patiently until 400 metres from home when she made a winning move.
Ned Pepper, who had previously won the Dubbo Cup sprinted too fast for his rivals and forged clear near the line to beat Tuapeka Glory (Emma Turnbull) and Hidden Courage (Amanda Turnbull).
Odds-on favourite, Dazzle Me was allowed to roll in front by Mat Rue and he put up the white flag with 150 metres to travel.
The time of 1.58.7 equalled the 2250 metre track record which is shared with former Dubbo warhorse, Mister Jogalong.
Other winners on the day included Substitooth ($4.60) for Josh and Nathan Turnbull), Mach The Knife ($4.80) for Martin Simmons and Jordan Reynolds, Big Bill ($1.85) for Peter Gavin and Amy Rees and Bid For Red ($1.40) for Steve and Amanda Turnbull.