Kelsey Watts memorial races at Wodonga

Caulfield Cup Day we headed north up the Hume. Our destination was the Wodonga Race Track, where we could catch up with friends for the third running of the Kelsey Watts memorial race. We met up with friends from the Watts family, Tamba, H, Auntie Shirley and  other relations on this special day. The marquee was set up, Teal ribbons, for ovarian cancer, were dispensed, with the Border Ovarian Cancer Awareness group having a strong presence. A six race card awaited us.

The opening race of the day, a four horse maiden, saw a couple of local luminaries combine. Murrawee trained by Brian Cox, ridden by Ernie Marchant won easily. Ernie bookended the day riding Killawarra to victory in the last. He shared riding honours with Fabian Alesci, both riding a double.

The day saw some good quality racing, as we worked our way through the card to the feature race, the closing event being the Kelsey Watts Memorial BM 64 over 6 furlongs. Killawarra, trained by Gaye Marchant, ridden by her husband Ernie was a strong winner. The Brian Cox trained Menarka came in second, with the Sylvia trained Aunty Elsie rounding out the placings. But there was more to come, as we had the celebrity race with a group of local dignitaries mounted on pony headed sticks scrambling down the track in a frenetic 200 metre dash to further draw awareness to the issue of ovarian cancer.

The Border Ovarian Cancer Awareness group do a sterling job, with this race day a feature of their calendar. They have raised over $150,000 for this meritorious cause. This has helped increase / improve services at the Wodonga Oncolgy unit as well as supporting research in Melbourne and Sydney. There is no early detection test for Ovarian Cancer, contributing to a very low survival rate. Every 10 hours an Australian women dies from this horrible disease, and every day three women will be diagnosed with this cancer.

We had a top day at Wodonga on Saturday, enjoying some good racing and supporting a very worthy cause.


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  1. Cowshedend says

    Great stuff Glen, congratulations to the club for the initiative and to you and all those who attended for contributing to such a great cause.
    As the VRC,MRC and MVRC squeeze every last zac out of it’s patrons this time of year, it is terrific that ethical causes far outweigh the need to fill corporate tents with C Grade ‘celebs’ from Home and Away and Neighbours.

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