GLENN and Daryl Douglas make up one of the most prolific winning trainer-driver combinations in Australian harness racing.
The brothers, who grew up in Ballarat but now call Bendigo home, dominated Victoria’s premierships for several years and also figured prominently nationally.
They took over from the record-breaking Great Western father and daughter Peter and Kerryn Manning at the top of the tables.
The Douglas boys completed their first Victorian training-driving title double in 2007-08, when Daryl drove 380 winners and Glenn reached 147.
They achieved this feat four seasons running before Chris Alford stepped up to the plate to topple Daryl in the state drivers’ premiership in 2011-12. Glenn managed to stay at the top of the tree though.
It all however changed last season.
Despite having a massive 1014 starters, almost twice as many as any other trainer in Victoria, Glenn (118) had to settle second behind Mildura’s Shayne Cramp (155).
Daryl (183) finished fourth to Alford (287), but he did spend an extended time out of the sulky after suffering serious facial injuries in a Ballarat race fall at the end of last season.
While the new season is only one week only, there are already signs that the Douglas team is determined to regain their top billings – with wins on the board from an already busy schedule.
Glenn lined up eight starters at Melton last night and has another five in Ballarat tonight.
Our Call Of Duty in the Peach’s Fruit Market C6/Better Pace, 2200m, and Narkoola in the Ken Ashmore Memorial C2-C3 Pace, 2200m, give the Douglas combination a strong hand on the 10-race program at Bray Raceway.
Our Call Of Duty has won two of his past three starts. Forgive his latest luckless run at Melton and from gate two the five-year-old should be prominent for a long time.
Narkoola is another which faltered in his latest start, but before that three wins in four outings suggests that he has the potential to be charging home late from a second row draw.
BALLARAT and District Trotting Club will recognise its 2012-13 season award winners tonight.
Hometown trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Greg Sugars dominated their respective premierships.
Stewart retained the trainers’ title with 25 wins from 68 starters at Bray Raceway.
Sugars won 28 of 127 drives.
Others award winners:
Concession male driver: Joshua Duggan
Concession female driver: Jaimie-Lee King
Horse of the year: Our Femme Fatale (trained by Emma Stewart) and Button Brigade (Bob Conroy)
Trotter of the year: Button Birgade
This is how the premiership points tables finished:
- Trainers’ premiership: Emma Stewart 133, Ross Sugars 63, Geoff Webster 52, Adam Kelly 50, Peter Manning 35, Glenn Douglas 31, David Murphy 31, Dean Braun 29, Michael Bellman 28, Bob Conroy 28, Lance Justice 27, Brent Lilley 25, Peter Tonkin 24, Craig Demmler 23, Alan Tubbs 22
- Drivers’ premiership: Greg Sugars 148, Gavin Lang 122, Daryl Douglas 103, Michael Bellman 84, Chris Alford 71, Jodi Quinlan 67, Rodney Petroff 42,John Caldow 41, Glen Craven 40, David Murphy 39, Joshua Duggan 36, Matthew Craven 34, Amy Tubbs 34,Geoff Webster 29, Anne-Maree Conroy 29
- Concession drivers’ premierships: Joshua Duggan 36,Jason Lee 26, Jaimie-Lee King 21, Haydon Gray 19, Zac Phillips 17, Ellen Tormey 15, David Moran 14, Bob Butt 13, Alex Ashwood 8, Kyle Marshall 8, Monique Burnett 6, Dexter Dunn 5, Matthew Whittle 4, John Wooding 4, Bradley Barnes 4
- Horse of the year: Our Femme Fatale 16, Nutton Brigade 16, It Is Billy 14, Kisartis 14, The Unionist 13, Rebel Rustler 12, Our Missionary Man 12,Flyin Indi Air 10, Atego Lilly 10, Bubble Art 10, Our Petite Soeur 9, American Muscle 9, Loong Nien 9,
Misschinoise 9, Tara Toplady 9
- Trotter of the year: Button Brigade 16 points, Atego Lilly 10, Eurasian Kosmos 8, Four Lillies 8, Mister Independent 6, Earl Harbour 6, Stephen John 6