TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR ANNUAL JOCKEYS CRICKET MATCH
The date for the annual TAB.com.au National Jockeys Trust T20 Cricket Match has been set for 22 January at Caulfield Park, with the NJT selection panel announcing the cricket teams today.
TAB is delighted to partner with NJT as major sponsor for the third year running and Tabcorp is proud to back the racing industry and its participants. Former jockeys Libby Hopwood and Chantelle Buckley, who have transitioned into racing broadcast careers with Tabcorp’s Sky Racing, will represent their employer on the All Stars team.
Eight-time Scobie Breasley medalist Damien Oliver will face Brownlow medalist Jimmy Bartel on the cricket pitch, where they will compete for the coveted Subzero Man of the Match trophy, which Oliver was awarded in 2014.
Jason Benbow, Captain of the Touchstone Farm Jockeys, is confident he has a strong team of champion jockeys with the ability to transfer their athleticism in the saddle to the cricket field.
Bryce McGain, Captain of the Heritage Finance Racing All Stars has experience on his side, as a former member of the Australian cricket team. A diverse combination of horse trainers, former jockeys and media talent will present the jockeys with a solid challenge for the David Taggart Perpetual Trophy.
The cricket match is a free event with fun for all the family including an appearance from Subzero (winner 1992 Melbourne Cup), children’s activities, sausage sizzle, food trucks and a cash bar. Gates open at 12pm with the coin toss scheduled for 1pm.
The Cricket Match is one of the annual core fundraising activities for the National Jockeys’ Trust, that has provided support of $3.2 million to 330 jockeys and their families who have suffered serious or fatal injuries in the saddle.
To donate to your favourite player please visit njt20cricket.com.au
TAB.COM.AU NJT20 CRICKET TEAMS
TOUCHSTONE FARM JOCKEYS
- Jason Benbow (Captain) - The Group 1-winning jockey is sponsored by Simtrack;
- Damien Oliver - The three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey is sponsored by Victoria Racing Club;
- Brad Rawiller - The Caulfield Cup-winning jockey is sponsored by Ryan CarlisleThomas;
- Dwayne Dunn - The 2016 Scobie Breasley Medal winner is sponsored by Australian Turf Club;
- Noel Callow - The VRC Derby-winning jockey is sponsored by Ultra Thoroughbreds;
- Brenton Avdulla - The VRC Oaks-winning jockey is sponsored by Markey Saddlery;
- Luke Nolen - Black Caviar's jockey is sponsored by The Big Screen Company;
- Ben Thompson – Talented apprentice jockey sponsored by Racing Victoria;
- Steven Arnold - The Cox Plate-winning jockey is sponsored by The Valley;
- Adam McCabe - The talented Victorian jockey is sponsored by Global Barrier Systems;
- Luke Currie - The Group 1-winning jockey is sponsored by Deane Lester’sTrackwatch;
- Ben Allen - The talented apprentice jockey is sponsored by Racing Victoria;
- Jamie Mott - The dual flat and jumps jockey is sponsored by Spicer Thoroughbreds;
- Mark Zahra – Voted ride of the 2017 Spring Carnival sponsored by The Thoroughbred Club;
- Mitch Goring - The son of late jockey Mark Goring is sponsored by Griffiths Racing;
- Josh Ledger - The son of late jockey Adrian Ledger is sponsored by Cranbourne Turf Club;
HERITAGE FINANCE RACING ALL STARS
- Bryce McGain – Captain of the team, former Australian cricketer and RSN presenter;
- Jimmy Bartel - Former AFL champion, Brownlow medalist and RSN media personality;
- Daniel Harford - Former AFL star and media personality;
- Mark Guest - The Sky Racing form analyst is sponsored by Chris Waller Racing;
- Nick Quinn - The Sky Racing Presenter is sponsored by TAB.com.au;
- Gerard Middleton – Sky Racing presenter;
- John Salanitri - The Group 1-winning trainer is sponsored by Inglis;
- Darren Weir – Melbourne Cup winning Premiership trainer is sponsored by Magic Millions;
- Archie Alexander – Talented trainer is sponsored by Darby Racing;
- Jake Norton - The Melbourne Racing Club GM of Racing is sponsored by the MRC Foundation;
- Dylan Dunn – 2016 Champion apprentice jockey and Racing.com presenter is sponsored by ITI Australia;
- Clint Hutchison - The Racing.com Form Expert is sponsored by Spendthrift Australia;
- Adam White - RSN Radio Presenter is sponsored by Fisher & Paykel;
- Brent Zerafa – Racing.com presenter is sponsored by Racing.com
- Chantelle Buckley – Former jockey and Sky Racing presenter is sponsored by Catanach’s Jewellery;
- Libby Hopwood – Former jockey and Sky Racing presenter is sponsored by Australian Racing Tours.