The local community is holding their 2nd annual National Jockeys Trust Raceday at Bunbury on Thursday 21 April, with 100% of funds raised going to the National Jockeys Trust. All thanks to Bunbury horse trainer Rob Witten, and passionate local businessman Mike Fagan.
The local Bunbury businesses and racing community have thrown their support being the day with WA Racehorse Owners Association, Parnham Racing Stables, Touchstone Farm, Thoroughbred Breeders WA, Statewide Oils and Bunbury Holden all sponsoring a race with the proceeds being donated to the Jockeys Trust.
Bunbury raceday patrons and the local community are invited to the Big Top following the last race at 5.15pm, to mingle with leading riders and the racing fraternity. There will be a sausage sizzle, cash bar, raffle and auction items all to support the cause, in a fun and relaxed environment. The meeting is a 7-race card commencing at 1.53pm.
Alex Doble CEO of Bunbury Turf Club said “The Club is very proud to be hosting the NJT Raceday at Bunbury, as we recognise what an important cause the Jockeys Trust is to the racing industry”.
All topweight horses on the day will don the National Jockeys Trust racing colours, whilst the National Jockeys Trust Cup carries a perpetual trophy for the winning connections.
Emma Stent, injured 21-year-old apprentice jockey, will volunteer at Bunbury on Thursday, with Craig Staples President of the WA Jockeys Association. A winner of 86 races, Emma has been sidelined for 6-months following a track work accident, she is recovering from a shattered ankle and her progress is unknown until she returns to the surgeon in 2-months. “The danger and injuries come with the job, so you just have to deal with it,” –Emma said.
Jockey Kate Witten’s ACL injury in February 2014, a result of a track fall at Bunbury, was the driving force behind the fundraising race day.
“My daughter was injured and spent 11-months on the sidelines which opened my eyes to the other side of racing and the need for people to put their hand up to assist and support this good cause” – Rob Witten, local horse trainer/raceday organiser.
“We have been looking for an avenue to raise money for the Jockeys Trust and creation of the NJT Raceday at Bunbury was the perfect event locally to raise funds for those jockeys who sadly end up in necessitous circumstances.” – said Mike Fagan of Bunbury Holden.