RJC supports men’s health….Article by Tony McMahon

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THE racing industry has long aligned itself with fostering a cause and awareness and Rockhampton Jockey Club is a fine example of this virtue.

Tomorrow’s seven race TAB card at Callaghan Park will be the fifth year the club has called is the Prostate Cancer Awareness Race Meeting.

Racegoers, trainers, strappers and officials are asked to wear blue to match the theme.

The RJC’s Kelly Suli said the club had been working with the local Prostate Cancer Awareness group.

‘Graham Dougan is the race day organiser and …his group have never asked for funds to be raised on the day. They have only ever hoped to spread awareness,”she said.

Suli said the RJC was one of the first clubs to buy the blue silks and blue jodhpurs to be carried by the jockey on the topweight of each race.

Prostate cancer is one of the most insidious diseases and the most commonly diagnosed cancer in this country.

This year nearly 20,000 men in Australia will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

By their 85th birthday it is estimates that one in six males with be diagnoses with it.

While the subject may be morbid, it has to made clear that this year as many as 3306 men may die from it.

Punters are familiar with the form of racehorses, it is recommended they become aware of the disease and like all cancers, early prevention so often leads to the biggest of all wins-a longer life.

In – form young trainers Adrian Coome will be in for the biggest day of his career at Callaghan Park as he saddles runners in five events.

These are Alsaurusfirst (race 1 TAB 4) Serpenti (R2 – TAB 6) Cavellton (R3 -TAB 5) Attique (R4 – TAB 4) and Petic Reality (R7 – TAB 8)
Coome will be hoping wins keep coming as they did on Saturday with Sonja Wiseman on Serpenti and Hazar.

Wiseman has six rides tomorrow and Coome said she plans to base here and freelance, a positive for trainers.

Coome kept the run going at Mackay TAB races yesterday with former Parisian Tycoon (Ashley Butler)

A younger local based trainer hoping luck continues is Ricky Vale who chases the $150,000 bonus for the Cairns Amateur Sprint (1400m) with Mr Attitude on Saturday.

Mr Attitude has been allocated 59.5kg and has trained on well since unplaced in an unsuitable Rockhampton race last start.

At Mackay yesterday, Vale had two winners in Djebel Lady (Elyce Smith ) and Frugal (Ryan Wiggins)

Rockhampton owner Lota Creek Gold, who starred in a SEQ winning campaign late last year and earlier this year had returned to training with Gold Coast veteran mentor Harold Norman.

*QRIC is seeking to appoint two more stewards to be based in their Callaghan Park offices.

Pictured trainer Adrian Coome

 

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