DAVID Aldred will remember his four-year stint as general manager of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club with great fondness.
Aldred took charge of his final meeting at Lord's Raceway on Thursday night before he heads to Brisbane to take over as Racing Queensland's harness racing chief.
"I've enjoyed Bendigo a great deal,'' Aldred said.
"The club has achieved a lot in the past four years. Winning the Victorian club of the year for the first time in 2012 was a big highlight.
"To be recognised at state and national level for our media work was a great achievement.
"The club is going forward, particularly with major events. The Oktoberfest was a success in 2013 and this year's will be even bigger.
"The Anniversary Cup meeting we started a couple of years ago and it will develop into a major event for the club.
"The Race For Fun Club we introduced in conjunction with the Bendigo Advertiser created a lot of interest and I'm sure that can be resurrected down the track."
Aldred said the BHRC was in a strong position to maintain its status as one of the premier regional club's in Australia.
"Despite some negative talk around the place, I can confirm the club will make a profit this year,'' Aldred said.
"These days it's very hard for racing club's to make profits... but the BHRC has the foundations in place to continue its success."