Drivers’ colours are coming to a track near you!
From March 20, drivers’ colours will be unveiled in the Sunshine State, ushering in a new era for the Queensland harness racing industry. During this time, five of the code’s most identifiable faces are set to turn heads as part of a bold plan to turbocharge the code’s popularity.
Don’t miss a minute of the action on Sky Racing – or at the track - and get to know your favourite drivers through their biographies below.
Angus Garrard is making waves in the sport, becoming the youngest driver in Queensland to notch up 100 winners in a single season - at just 17 years of age. From the famous Garrard family, Angus debut win fittingly came behind Kylie Bromac trained by his dad Daren. His debut metropolitan win only came in June 2020 with Sir Fahrenheit, proving that there’s plenty more to come from the young gun.
It’s no surprise that Peter McMullen fell into a career in harness racing, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, as well as three siblings. The 29-year-old has been a driving force in the sport since his maiden win at Rocklea behind Melton Royal Bunny in 2008, becoming the youngest driver to reach 1000 and 2000 wins in Queensland. His partnership with now-wife Chantal Turpin continues to chalk up the wins across the state, with a Group 1 win in the QBRED Triad Final for 2YO Colts & Geldings thanks to Big Wheels a highlight for the power couple.
Like her brother Peter, Narissa McMullen had little choice than to follow a career in harness racing as a result of her family history in the sport. Narissa has been a dominant driver for a number of years in Queensland, recently notching up her 1000th winner at just 26-years-old. The Australasian Young Drivers Championship winner is also a Group 2 winner, coming thanks to the 2015 Lady Drivers Invitation at Menangle.
Like many in the sport, Matthew Elkins was born into the racing industry, with parents Greg and Lyn having been involved since the day he was born. It’s always been a family affair for the Elkins, with Matthew’s debut win coming behind My Mate Billy, a horse bred and trained by his father. Now 24-years-old, he represented Queensland in the Australasian Young Drivers Championships in New Zealand in 2019, before going on to claim a Group 2 APG Sales race with My Ultimate Star in the same year. .
The Rasmussen name is synonymous in the sport of harness racing, with Kylie’s parents established breeders, trainers, owners and drivers, as well as sister Natalie renowned as a part of the All Stars stable in New Zealand. The 46-year-old has forged her own reputation as one of the state’s leading reinswomen, once claiming 11 winners from 11 races at the Marburg show in her early days. In the 2013/14 season, Kylie was a runaway winner of the metropolitan drivers' premiership, despite only driving for nine months of the season.