Racehorse sure bet for charity auction
HOW do you raise funds for the local hospital, promote two local events and have a bit of fun at the same time?
Buy a racehorse, of course!
Well, that was the solution Tabulam's Tim Dougherty came up with and it can't have been too bad an idea, as he was able to convince nine of his friends to join his 'fundraising' syndicate.
“We wanted to raise some money for the Bonalbo Hospital Auxiliary, which wants to buy a new Dyna-Map machine for the Bonalbo hospital,” Mr Dougherty said.
“Instead of simply writing out a cheque, I thought by buying a racehorse and later auctioning it off we could have a bit of fun and in the process raise some money for a good cause and promote Casino's St Mary's Cup race meeting and the Tabulam races.”
His friends - Matt McCormack, Alan Ramsey, Pat Reynolds, Wayne Bennett, Mark Formaggin, Mick Benton, the George family and the Davis family - agreed and three weeks ago the syndicate bought a racehorse out of Sydney.
The horse, Lunamezza, is now with Casino trainer Peter Stanley, who is preparing it to race in a 1000-metre maiden at the St Mary's Cup race meeting at Casino on Saturday.
It will also race at Tabulam on November 7, then will go under the hammer as part of a charity auction to raise funds for the Bonalbo Hospital Auxiliary. A signed Gold Coast Titans guernsey, along with a host of other donated goods, will be also auctioned on the day.
“He's not a bad looking horse, but his form's terrible,” Mr Dougherty said. “We're hoping Peter can improve him a bit.”
Mr Dougherty is hoping the step back in class from city to country fields will also benefit Lunamezza.
Having had Lunamezza in his care for just a couple of weeks, Mr Stanley is still working out the horse.
“I haven't had him long enough to know too much about him, but he's definitely a good sort of a horse,” Mr Stanley said.
“He's got awful form, yet he's been going good up here.
“Just going on his work with me he should go all right.”
No matter how Lunamezza performs at Casino and Tabulam, he will still be going under the hammer.
“It would be nice if he could do well, because we would probably get a bit more money for him,” Mr Dougherty said.
“As it is, it would be great if we could raise at least $1500 to $2000 for the horse.”