RACE three on the card at the recent Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill, the Frisby Is Awesome Mobile Pacea lot of interest throughout New Zealand.
It came about after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club introduced a new initiative this season, an opportunity for members of the public to buy naming rights to a race and receive an on-course experience. The club also promoted it on the Southern Harness Racing Facebook page as a Father’s Day gift idea and it was there Terry Frisby spotted it.
He showed his wife Anna with the comment, “you always say that there is nothing I want for Father’s Day – here it is this year’’.
Anna bought the package for $300 plus GST, which gave Terry the opportunity to name a race anything he wanted (within reason), an advertisement in the race book, a day on course in the Members’ Lounge at the Top of The Park, time in the President’s Room with complimentary drinks and nibbles before and after his race plus a ride on the EH Ball ITM Mobile Barrier to start one of the other races on the programme and a special souvenir photo with the winner of his race to mark the occasion. He also received five $10 betting vouchers to spend at the meeting.
A real character, Terry, who spent five years as a stand-up comedian came up with the name for his race – “The Terry Frisby Is Awesome Mobile Pace”.
“It was a great day, a real blast,” Terry said at the end of the day.
“A couple of family members have had horses and I am a member of the Own
The Moment Syndicate.
“I have been to the races dozens of times but this is unique. The ride on the mobile barrier was awesome and I loved being hosted in the President’s Room. Club president Barry McCulloch and his wife Lyn hosted me and they were wonderful. I met Roxburgh trainer Geoff Knight and the owners of the winner of the previous race there as well.”
Terry said he would recommend the opportunity to sponsor a race and enjoy the experiences the club offered, “100%”.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily recommend it to anyone else.”
Watching a recording of his race later, Terry said he had not realised how much publicity he would receive until he heard commentator Justin Evans promoting the race name and broadcasting how the race was named and how it was a gift from his wife and kids on Father’s Day.
“I was getting text messages from all over.”
Anyone could enjoy the same experience by contacting Southern Harness Racing’s promotions officer Lindsay Beer at 021 351 499 or email@example.com
“Opportunities exist at Invercargill and Winton and with Christmas, and then soon after, with Valentine’s Day looming, the gift of a race sponsorship with all the benefits included could be the perfect gift for the harness racing fan in your circle of family and friends or simply for the person who will try anything.”
As for Terry, he had already agreed terms with the club to return, so watch out for the Terry Frisby Is Still Awesome Mobile Pace early in the New Year.
— Lindsay Beer is the Southern Harness Racing Promotions officer