ONE of local racing’s quiet achievers was posthumously acknowledged by the Warrnambool Racing Club when it named a race in his honour at yesterday’s meeting.
Mark Primmer, a devoted family man, businessman, racehorse owner, breeder and racing club committeeman, lost his battle with cancer last October.
His wife Rose, immediate family and friends were on course to remember Primmer’s life at a luncheon.
Mrs Primmer said her family was delighted the club decided to name a race in his honour, describing it as a “wonderful gesture”.
“Mark loved his racing. He was involved in so many different facets of the industry,” she said.
“Racing has played a major part in our family’s lives for so many years. We’ve made so many friends through racing its just been wonderful to have been involved in the sport.”
Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive officer John Green described Primmer as a quiet achiever in racing.
“Mark was on the Warrnambool Racing Club committee for 10 years,” Mr Green said.
“Mark was a no-fuss person. He filled the role as vice-chairman for many years. His family have had so many links to the racing club through himself and then his son Brenton as a jockey, and his daughter Jenna is a former face of our May carnival,.
“We look at today as only a small token of appreciation for Mark’s family compared to what they have done for racing not only locally but on a bigger scale.”
Primmer was the inaugural recipient of the Jim Houlahan Ironbar Award, which was awarded at the end of last year’s Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.