Aquis, Muswellbrook Race Club and TAB Dig Deep For Lions Clubs’ Need For Feed Project

In Community Engagement, Farm News, Industry News & Views, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Tuesday’s Aquis-sponsored country TAB meeting at Muswellbrook, NSW, has raised $27,000 for drought-stricken farmers.

The funds raised will go to support the Lions Clubs’ Need for Feed Project that delivers much-needed hay to struggling farmers.

Aquis partnered with racing and media identity Richard Callander at the meet, providing him with $2,500 to punt with on each race, with all earnings and stakes donated to the need for feed project. Glen Munsie, on behalf of the TAB and Sky Sports Racing, guaranteed any shortfall to the sum of $20,000.

Muswellbrook Race Club (MRC) General Manager, Duane Dowell said: “Yesterday’s race day was an amazing team effort between the MRC, Aquis, TAB, Lions and many others that contributed to its success – all to benefit farmers in our local area that are doing it very tough at the moment”.

“I thank everyone involved for their fantastic support.”

Whilst Callander had an off day by his own admission, he did manage to pull in $6,800 through the win of the Angela Davies trained Rubel in Race 5 (the Al Maher @Aquisfarm Class 1). Glen Munsie and the TAB’s contribution in covering the shortfall of $13,200 took the total to $20,000.

Duane Dowell (GM), Strapper of Sweetest Eyes, and Aquis’ Jimmy Unwala.

Demonstrating the strong sense of community on the day owners and trainers also helped out with donations.

The Melanie O’Gorman trained Rubble won Race 2 (Divine Prophet @Aquisfarm Maiden) with owner Damion Flower of Jadesky Racing donating $5,000 while Gregory McFarlane, the trainer of Flash Stinger (who fittingly is sired by Aquis stallion Dream Ahead) winner of Race 3 (Spieth @Aquisfarm BM58), donated $2,000 by way of owner Mr J O’Connor.

The contributions from the trainers and owners took the day’s total fundraising tally to $27,000.

Aquis Managing Director, Justin Fung, and CEO Shane McGrath were in attendance at the race day and were pleased with the result.

“It was a fantastic day raising much needed funds for our farmers,” Mr McGrath said. “A special thanks should go to Richard Callander. He gave us something to cheer, stuck to his guns and, as we all know well when punting, sometimes the gaps don’t appear and the breaks don’t go your way. I’d say he was fairly unlucky in a few races too.”

‘’We are all acutely aware of the impact of the drought in the the local community and we are trying to do our small part to ease the pressure.

“A big thank you must go to Duane Dowell, Glen Munsie and TAB and also to Jadesky and Greg McFarlane/Mr O’Connor for throwing their support behind the cause. We hope the funds raised will have a positive impact on drought-affected farmers.”

Keith Stewart, District Governor of the Lions Club was in also in attendance at the race day and commiitted to ensuring the funds were well spent.

“We are delighted with the outcome of the day, such a generous gesture by Aquis, the TAB and the whole racing community to raise the awareness of this current drought disaster. Rest assured the donations will be used very wisely by Need for Feed. Lions Clubs have no administration overheads so we will ensure all the funds raised, and more, will flow through as practical aid to farmers in the Upper Hunter region.”

If you require assistance, wish to volunteer your time or donate funds to the drought relief movement visit http: //www.needforfeed.org/