Winning Jockey of the Abigroup Ladies Bracelet Benchmark handicap, John Kissick prepares to weigh in after the race. Kissick’s winning mount, Jaberi Boy.
A huge crowd turned out for the Commander Holbrook Cup Race Meeting held on March 31, which was not only drenched in sunshine but also in pink, in support of the McGrath Foundation.
The day was a huge success according to Holbrook and District Race Club’s President Susie Finlay.
“It was an excellent crowd which was up from previous years,” Ms Finlay said.
“Everyone made a huge effort with race goers really embracing the cause donning pink hats, ties and outfits, it was great to see.”
Tracey Bevan from the McGrath Foundation attended the race meeting and presented the trophy to the winner of the Abigroup Ladies Bracelet Benchmark handicap.
The winning horse was Jaberi Boy trained by Gordon Hulm from Tumbarumba and ridden by jockey John Kissick.
The Fashions on the Field categories were hotly contested with large entries.
Winners on the day included Bridie Herriott of Holbrook who took out the Most Elegant Lady title, Sheila Smith of Hay, won the Young Miss Race Goer category, Most Fashionable Man went to Dr Lakshmanan, Sharon Bagley won the Best Dressed Local and Katrina Shobbrook took out the Pretty in Pink category.
The race meeting was not just a great family day out but the crowds were generous with donations towards the McGrath Foundation.
The committee held money raising events during the day including auctioning off a Rose Auburn hat that fetched $500 and auctioning off pink saddlecloths signed by racing legend Damien Oliver.
The Holbrook and Race Club also donated $1 from the sale of each official race program to the McGrath Foundation.
“We sold all the merchandise within hours,” Ms Finlay said.
“Each race horse sported a pink saddlecloth and we sold every one of them through an auction held at the end of the race meeting, which raised a lot of money”.
Ms Finlay added she was pleased with the support of local businesses and the community of Holbrook.
“All the businesses in town really got behind the cause and decorated their shops in pink and white a week out from the races.
“The local businesses also had donation tins on their counters which added another $1100 towards the McGrath Foundation.
“It was overwhelming the amount of support we received, I am so proud of our town Holbrook,” she said.
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