Leap To Fame Australia’s Best

With a season highlighted by victory in the Inter Dominion Grand Final, Leap To Fame has today been announced as the Australian Harness Horse of the Year.

The Grant Dixon trained pacer has been officially recognised as Australia’s leading harness horse, being crowned the 2023 Australian Harness Horse of the Year Award.

Already crowned the Grand Circuit Champion, ‘Larry’ added a further two National awards to the Queensland trophies presented earlier this year.

Along with the main title, Leap To Fame was awarded the Aged Male Pacer of the Year and the Australian Pacer of the Year.

It was here at The Creek that Leap To Fame secured one of his biggest career victories when blazing his way to the Inter Dominion Championship Grand Final in a track record breaking 1.53.5 mile rate.

Leap To Fame following the Sunshine Sprint victory.

In winning the nations top honour, Leap To Fame became just the second Queensland trained horse to win the title, joining the three-time winner Blacks A Fake on the honour roll.

Leap To Fame secured three Group 1 victories at The Creek during his 2023 Season, annexing a pair of victories during the Constellations Carnival with The Rising Sun and the Sunshine Sprint.

In 16 starts for the term, Leap To Fame recorded 12 wins, three placings and banked over $1.2 million in stake earnings.

“It is fair to say that not since Blacks A Fake, has a horse generated this level of interest here at Albion Park,” The Creek COO Ken Rutherford said.

“Larry was in a race of his own when winning the Inter Dominion back in December and those that were here on-course that night witnessed something special.”

Not As Promised was recognised for the strength of his season, awarded the Australian Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding of the year.

Winning his first five races at The Creek after joining the stables of Graham Dwyer, Not As Promised went on to claim Group 1 success in the Victorian Trotters Derby and the Breeders Crown Final, also held in Victoria.

Not As Promised won all five starts at The Creek in his 3YO season.

“After claiming his first Group 1 victory here at The Creek in the Triad Final, it was pleasing to see Graham Dwyer and Nathan Dawson fly the Queensland flag so proudly in Victoria,” Rutherford said.

“It is disappointing that we will not get to see him chase The Great Square after succumbing to injury, but he is such a promising trotter with a great future ahead of him.”