Horse of the year and trainer of the year accolades for local harness racing duo, Charlie Shearer and Aaron Goadsby

Aaron Goadsby with Takara Truffle.
Aaron Goadsby with Takara Truffle.

It was a huge night for the Singleton duo, Charlie Shearer and  Aaron Goadsby, at the annual Hunter Valley Harness Racing Awards Night.

In her inaugural season, Shearer’s prized filly, Takara Truffle, took out not one but two ‘Horse of the Year’ awards.

With a select panel judging her the most deserving of the top gong which is the coveted TAB sponsored Newcastle Horse of the Year title.

Prior to this she was also judged Horse of the Year by the Hunter Valley Owners and Trainers.

The impressive filly won 12 races in her three- year-old season; enjoying success at Bankstown, Tamworth, Maitland, Newcastle, Bathurst, and Albion Park in Queensland as well as notching up three Metropolitan wins at Tabcorp Park, Menangle –  including two Group 3 wins.

Takara Truffle

Takara Truffle

And, her wins in the Group 3 Go Girlfriend series and the Group 3 Baby Bling Stakes were against older and more seasoned fillies and mares.

She finished the season with 24 starts for 12 wins, 3 seconds and 3 fourths and was only out of the major money on six occasions and this returned prize money in excess of $91, 000.

Upon accepting the accolade, Shearer said he looks forward to the racing ahead with his pride and joy.

“It’s a great honor to win this award,” he said.

While her trainer, Goadsby, picked up a Trainer of the Year award for those who had 25 runners or less on Hunter tracks this season.

He recorded six wins from nine starts.

Goadsby said the filly has enjoyed six weeks in the paddock and is now looking forward to her four year-old season of racing. 

As such no racing program has been set out but he indicated that we won’t see Takara Truffle back to the races before the New Year. 

He thanked both the Mericeca and Camilleri families along with farrier Ray Barwick because without their help and assistance “none of this could have been possible”.

Charlie Shearer

Charlie Shearer