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Allen Hardes

Allen Hardes fell in love with Horse Racing at a young age when he used to attend the trots on Friday nights with his Grandparents, since then he has been fascinated with the sport.

Allen is no stranger to the Racing Industry in the Northern Provincial Circuit. Between 1997 to 2012 Allen was a Director of the Newcastle Jockey Club , being also Chairman of the Programming & Prizemoney sub Committee .

Through his love of racing, Allen saw opportunities to bring people into Racehorse ownership when he launched both the Syndicate & Magazine - From The Track. The syndicate  shared success with horses such as Magic Of Dreams who qualified for the Provincial Championships in 2015. She earned just shy of $200,000 in prizemoney from her career of 26 starts.

From The Track was also a magazine that promoted the provincial racing from around the tracks, featuring interviews from various people within the industry including Trainers, Jockeys, Owners, Sponsors etc. Unfortunately due to Covid, the magazine had to come to an end and Allen has since launched Provincial Racing NSW

Allen is a familiar face around various venues where he runs his Punters Mate Promotions helping race goers to enjoy their day at the track and to hopefully earn them some money by sharing his tips.

Frances O'Shea

With more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, Frances O’Shea brings a wealth of racing knowledge to Provincial Racing – NSW.


Frances spent the majority of her career with News Ltd, working for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph covering a wide variety of stories including racing, before launching her own racing magazine From The Track, in 2011 in partnership with Allen Hardes.


The pair went on to establish From The Track racing syndicate, introducing a large number of new enthusiasts into racehorse ownership, with considerable success.


She now has a role with Wyong Race Club as their social media manager, combined with working on social media pages for several trainers.


A long-time owner, Frances now continues her passion for promoting racing, with the establishment of Provincial Racing – NSW.

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