Cou­ple’s Hall of Fame gong

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - THEMERCURY.COM.AU PETER STA­PLES SUN­DAY OC­TO­BER 14 2018

FRED and Pauline Barker were last night re­warded for their ded­i­ca­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to the har­ness rac­ing in­dus­try by be­ing in­ducted into the as­so­ciates cat­e­gory of the Tas­ma­nian Har­ness Rac­ing Hall of Fame.

The hus­band and wife duo have been in­volved in the Tas­ma­nian har­ness rac­ing in­dus­try for more than five decades and, dur­ing that time, they have en­joyed great suc­cess as train­ers, driv­ers and breed­ers.

In and out of the sulky, the Bark­ers have be­come icons in an in­dus­try that has ben­e­fited greatly from their in­volve­ment.

Fred trained about 220 win­ners and drove close to 140 win­ners from 1962 to 2016 but it was Pauline who was the trail­blazer in the sulky.

Pauline matched it with the male driv­ers and, when she guided Swift Rio to vic­tory in Ho­bart in 1978, it was the first time a fe­male driver had won a race in Tas­ma­nia for more than 50 years which was the start­ing point for many sub­se­quent women be­ing granted li­cences to drive in races.

For her ser­vice to the in­dus­try, Pauline was awarded the Edgar Tat­low Medal in 2004.

It was, how­ever, on the breed­ing front where the Bark­ers ex­celled.

One of their best home­grown pac­ers was Nel­lie Robins who won the 1992 Tas­ma­nian and South Aus­tralian Oaks be­fore go­ing on to be­come a star in the breed­ing barn.

Fred and Pauline bred nu­mer­ous fea­ture race win­ners from their out­stand­ing brood­mares.

Also in­ducted as an as­so­ciate was for­mer Ex­am­iner jour­nal­ist John Vranisan who not only de­liv­ered qual­ity ed­i­to­rial to pro­mote har­ness rac­ing in the early 1900s but he later be­came a hand­i­cap­per and was in­volved in har­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Bob Ker­nan, Tom Terry and Don Peck were in­ducted in the train­er­driver cat­e­gory, and horses Kar­alta Gift, Jean Lo­gan, Globe Dorell, Pranc­ing Ruby and Stan­ley Rio were pop­u­lar in­clu­sions into the elite club.

Noel Salter was a pop­u­lar in­duc­tion which fol­lows on from him be­ing last year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Edgar Tat­low Medal.

Salter has proven to be a dab hand in all facets of the har­ness rac­ing in­dus­try.

As a horse­man he has no peer and his breed­ing en­ter­prise with his wife and busi­ness part­ner Mar­lene, or Tiny as she is af­fec­tion­ately known, has pro­duced many pac­ing stars that ex­celled both in Tas­ma­nia and in­ter­state.

Ar­guably his best was On Pa­rade who won mul­ti­ple fea­ture races in Tas­ma­nia and Western Aus­tralia and ended with 20 ca­reer wins that helped him net ca­reer prize­money of $177,204.

Other Salter-bred tal­ents were Fox­fighter that won 18 times for ca­reer prize­money of more than $155,000 with the 2002 2YO Dandy Patch Stakes, a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cup, 2006 Dan­bury Park Cup and New Nor­folk Cup among his fea­ture race tri­umphs.

Vi­nok­ourov was an­other star that em­anated from their breed­ing prop­erty at Brighton, with a Raider Stakes and the 2007 Car­rick Cup among his 17 wins for more than $100,000 in stakes.

Add to the list De Galdearno that ac­crued $189,628 from his 19 wins and mul­ti­ple mi­nor plac­ings, and Chip­polini that was raced by Salter as a two-year-old in Tas­ma­nia be­fore be­ing sold to Western Aus­tralia where he fin­ished his rac­ing ca­reer with 32 wins for more than $156,000 in stakes.

Other no­table mem­bers of the Salter fam­ily of stars were Boas­son Ha­gen, Ogrady and Cloudy De­light.

Noel also de­liv­ered as a rac­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor both in Tas­ma­nia and na­tion­ally.

HAR­NESS HE­ROES: Hus­band and wife trainer-driver team Fred and Pauline Barker have been in­ducted into the Tas­ma­nian Har­ness Rac­ing Hall of fame.

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