Pink to colour Holbrook race day

Tracey BevanTracey Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador and director, will be the guest of honour at this year’s Elders’ Holbrook Commander Cup racing meeting, which is being held this Saturday, March 31.

The race meeting will be a Pink Day in support of the McGrath Foundation and Tracey Bevan will officially open the races.

Tom Last, Holbrook and District Race Club vice president, said all the horses on the day will be wearing pink saddle cloths signed by champion jockey Damien Oliver.

These will be sold after the last race of the day and anyone who buys a saddle cloth will also receive a pink strapper’s jacket that was worn on the day. All funds raised from the sale of the saddle cloths will be going to the McGrath Foundation.

The race meeting’s activities begin with the screening of the recent Australian movie “The Cup” on a mega screen at the racecourse on Friday night.

Mr Last said the gates will be open for the screening from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

All proceeds from the movie screening will also go to the McGrath Foundation.

The race meeting, which began in 1907, features six professional races with the main event being the annual 2400m Elders’ Commander Holbrook Cup. The cup carries prize money of $9000.

Mr Last said he is expecting a strong field in all races, with trainers coming from Albury, Wagga, Canberra and surrounding districts. Other races on the day include the Ladies Bracelet and President’s Cup.

There will be full TAB facilities and a bookmakers ring at the races and patrons will be able to view the Rosehill Guineas on the Race-Tech Super Screen.

Mr Last says the race meeting is yet again set to be great family day and a quality race meeting in a country atmosphere.

There will be marquees for hire, entertainment for children as well as the ever popular fashions on the field.

Gates open at 11am with the first race at 12.30pm. The entry fee to the races is $15 an adult and children are free.

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