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June 7, 2023

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) will honour the Club’s Foundation Female Members, longest-serving Members as well as recognise two new Life Members at Royal Randwick this Saturday.

Saturday is the fourth running of the Listed $160,000 Bob Charley AO Stakes named in honour of the distinguished former Chairman of the Australian Jockey Club, who was also inaugural Chairman of the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Board and inaugural Chairman of the Australian Racing Board.

Mr Charley will be in attendance to propose a toast to the ATC.

A total of 17 ATC Members this year reach 50 years tenure with the Club as they join a larger group of fellow recipients celebrated at Saturday’s annual raceday event.

A highlight of Saturday’s celebration will be ten of ATC’s Foundation Female Members with the Celebration of Women in Racing Handicap also part of the 10-race card.

The Honourable Michael McHugh AC KC, a former acting chief justice of the High Court of Australia, and Matthew McGrath, a former Chairman of the Australian Turf Club, will be recognised as Life Members.

Chairman Peter McGauran paid tribute to the 17 Members who this year reach 50 years with the Club.

“ATC Directors and our Club are proud to recognise another group this year of our longest-serving Members who continue to be the very essence of the Club,’’ Mr McGauran said.

“This annual celebration is fittingly held on a raceday which honours a legend of our Club and of Australian racing in Bob Charley AO.

“We also look forward to recognising an ATC Member, racing fan and a person of such great distinction in the Honourable Michael McHugh AC KC who in a remarkable career once held the highest judicial post in the nation. ‘’

Dragonstone ($8-$8.50 TAB) now trained by Joe Pride and with Tom Sherry to ride is looking to win back-to-back Bob Charley AO Stakes – the first since Hot As Hell in 1998 and 1999.

Spacewalk trained by James Cummings and ridden by Jean Van Overmeire is the early well-backed favourite ($4.60-$4 TAB) ahead of Conscript ($6-$5 TAB) for trainers Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou and jockey Reece Jones.

Full fields for Saturday’s Royal Randwick card are available here and full TAB Fixed Odds markets for all ten races here.

Gates for ATC Members open at 9.45, and 10am for General Admission customers, with Race 1 due to start at 11am and the final race at 4.20pm.

General Admission tickets for this Saturday at Royal Randwick – including access to the Winx Stand – and all Winter Season racedays are available for as low as $17 for Groups of 10 or more, with the Punters Pack available at $39.

Punters Packs are loaded with value and include one General Admission entry ticket, two Furphy vouchers, a $10 food voucher, and a racebook.

Punters Packs can be purchased online at up until 4.30pm on the Friday prior and collected on raceday at the Wagering Concierge in the Betting Ring.

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