KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL

PARKES HARNESS RACING CLUB

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL

The Keith Thomson Memorial is in its 10th year of running in 2020. The Thomson family sponsors the race in Keith's honor by making the condition for horses that are trained within 125km of Parkes, something that was close to Keith's heart to support local trainers.

Keith Thomson was not born into harness racing but after leaving school at age 12 to help support his widowed mother, he got his first job delivering bread by horse & sulky around the Granville area in Sydney, and his love of horses began. 

Along his delivery route he came in contact with several trotting trainers and he was hooked by the sport.

Keith Started a horse transport business after his marriage to June and that took him from far North Queensland to Victoria. He also trained a few pacers at the same time. 

In 1972, Keith & June decided to head west with their family and settled in Manildra. With them came Keith's pride & joy, a beautiful black stallion named Waitakian, and while he was no champion on the race track, his looks certainly were admired.


Keith would travel his horses to Malcolm Cunningham's property to fast work them and would trial each Tuesday night at Parkes. 

They moved to Parkes in 2001.

Although fame and fortune from harness racing eluded Keith, he was considered one of the true characters of the sport and he did train his share of winners including Portellis Gift, Irata Boy, Glendon Miss, Spell Me, Brehanna Kate to name a few. 

On February 15, 2008, whilst track working one of his horses on the Parkes Showground, Keith had a bad fall that left him a quadraplegic. He spent months in Sydneys Royal North Shore Hospital. When doctors gave an approval for Keith to return to Parkes, the Harness Racing community held a fundraising dinner to help support the Thomson family with on going costs for treatment and travel. 

After Keith's accident, local trainers helped out the family by looking after & training the horses. Wendy Turnbull and Brett Hutchings were the major contributors.

Keith's wife June and their 5 children have never forgot the help and generosity of the Parkes Harness Racing Club people and by running this race each year not only pays tribute to Keith but says thank you for everything people have done for them.

Keith passed away 2 April 2010. 

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2020

26 January 2019

winner: SPORTY MICKILLA

driver: Mark Hewitt

trainer: Mark Hewitt

owners: M Hunter, A Johnstone

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2019

26 January 2019

winner: POCKET BEAUTY

driver: Stephen Dowton

trainer: Stephen Dowton

owners: Alison Dowton

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2018

26 January 2018

winner: MICKEY RAMONE

driver: Mat Rue

trainer: Pat Jones

owners: L E Jones, R P Jones

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2017

26 January 2017

winner: NOT MY SISTE

driver: Murray Sullivan

trainer: Jason Gaffney

owners: Lex Crosby

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2016

26 January 2016

winner: KARINYA GUS

driver: Emma Turnbull

trainer: Gary Eyre

owners: G Eyre, T Quade, A Quade, G Quade, C Quade, R Parsons, I Alewood

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2015

26 January 2015

winner: MAX IS BACK

driver: David Harris

trainer: Estate of David Cecil Harris

owners: Belinda Harris

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2014

26 January 2014

winner: NATURAL ART

driver: Monique Parsons

trainer: Monique Parsons

owners: Shannon Rye

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2013

20 January 2013

winner: BATTLELINER

driver: David Harris

trainer: Estate of David Cecil Harris

owners: R Harris, Estate of D C Harris

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2012

18 April 2012

winner: KARINYA MAT

driver: Gary Eyre

trainer: Gary Eyre

owners: G Eyre, T Quade, C Quade, M Clayton

KEITH THOMSON MEMORIAL 2011

08 April 2011

winner: HOW SWEET THOU ART

driver: Ashlee Grives

trainer: Phillip O'Farrell

owners: D Ford, C Ford