TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR NJT BUSHFIRE FUNDRAISER
Australia’s leading jockeys will be padding up to support bushfire relief when they take on the Racing All Stars at the eighth annual TAB National Jockeys Trust T20 Cricket Match. Full team list is below.
Eight-time Scobie Breasley Medal winner Damien Oliver will captain the Touchstone Farm Jockeys, supported by some of Australia’s best jockeys including Willy Pike, Linda Meech, Michael Walker and Luke Currie.
Former Australian cricketer Bryce McGain will lead a huge line up of Racing All Stars that includes Michelle Payne, Stevie Payne, Danny O’Brien and a host of media personalities and sports stars.
To be held on Monday 20 January 2020 at Williamstown Oval, this is a free public event supported by all corners of the racing industry including jockeys, trainers, volunteers, media personalities and corporate partners. While usually held to provide funding and support to jockeys and their families after serious or fatal injuries in the saddle, this year’s fundraiser will be directed towards organisations providing aid to wildlife and livestock affected by the current bushfire crisis.
Long-time NJT Ambassador Damien Oliver is proud to lead his team once again as they attempt to reverse last year’s match result and raise as much as possible for bushfire relief.
“Every year this day gets bigger and bigger and it’s become one of our most important events. I know I speak on behalf of my team when I say it’s an honour to play alongside Josh Ledger and Mitch Goring as they represent their late fathers, both tragically lost in race falls, and I’d like to ask everyone to dig deep and show their support for bushfire relief by donating to their favourite player,” Oliver said.
Jockeys from every state and the Northern Territory will pad up for the event as they attempt to win back the David Taggart Trophy from Bryce McGain’s All Stars.
“We stole the show last year and as captain of the Racing All Stars I’m excited to get out there and defend our title. It’s an honour to be part of such a significant event for the racing industry and do our bit to help wildlife and livestock impacted by the current bushfire crisis,” McGain said.
1992 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero will also make a special guest appearance to award the man-of-the-match trophy named in his honour. Admission is free, plus children’s activities, a sausage sizzle, food trucks and a cash bar. Gates open at 12pm, with the game set to start at 1pm.
Racing fans are encouraged to support the day by visiting njtcricket.com.au and sponsoring a player of their choice.
Every donation of $2 or more will provide an automatic entry into a competition* to win a HRF220TW fridge and a HRZ-113 bar fridge thanks to our friends at Fisher & Paykel.
*Competition Terms & Conditions Apply. Visit njt.org.au for further details.
Since 2004, the NJT has provided more than $4 million in assistance to more than 290 jockeys and the families of jockeys who have been lost.
Earlier this week it was announced that this year’s T20 Cricket proceeds would be directed to animal welfare organisations providing urgent assistance to wildlife and livestock affected by bushfires in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia.
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