ON THE PACE: There are high expectations for this Saturday’s Manea-inspired harness race card at Bunbury, with the local trotting community aiming to put on a big show.
The Bunbury Trotting Club is planning to accommodate one of the largest programs of racing seen at Donaldson Park for many years, with ten races likely to be staged. Plenty of free entertainment to keep the children amused in between races is also expected to bring families for a night of celebration and thanksgiving to one of Bunbury’s most revered couples, Dr Ern Manea and Beulah (Snookie) Manea.
Racegoers will also get the opportunity to purchase one of the very first copies of the book: Manea – The Story of a Remarkable Life, prior to its official launch set down for the following day.
Despite Dr Manea’s involvement in numerous community projects throughout his life, the trotting industry was most fortunate to obtain his passion, commitment and skill early on, starting over 60 years ago.
An introduction to the sport came while he was studying medicine in Adelaide, and where a night out at the Wayville Showgrounds Track was seen as very affordable.
A few years on, his involvement in the sport grew when he initially loaned an ill patient 50 pounds, but was then repaid with a foal, which eventually raced as ‘Dustbin’.
It was from these humble beginnings which Dr Manea came from before he occupied the position as President of the International Trotting Association.
An earlier than usual start time for the first race can be expected and gates will open at 3pm.