AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB HOSTS INDUSTRY RECOGNITION DAY AT ROSEHILL GARDENS
July 27, 2022
The Australian Turf Club will present a series of special awards to owners and racing participants at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday on Industry Recognition Day, marking the final Sydney metropolitan meeting of the 2021/22 racing season.
Saturday also sees the running of the Listed $160,000 ATC Foundation Winter Challenge – postponed from last weekend’s meeting – on a ten-race card which acknowledges owners, trainers, stable staff and two popular racing participants.
The $150,000 Bill Picken OAM Handicap saluting a long-time Sydney racing administrator and supporter and the $150,000 Special Achievement Shelby Sixtysix Handicap to acknowledge the remarkable rise of the Danny Williams trained horse over the past 12 months are part of Saturday’s program.
The Australian Turf Club has also recognised the industry in several other races with the NSWROA Trophy, ATC Thank You Owners Handicap, ATC Thank You Stable Staff Handicap and ATC Thank You Trainers Handicap across a meeting with a bumper 160 acceptors.
At an awards ceremony ahead of the start of the raceday, winners and connections covering the 2021/22 season will be honoured with:
- Most starts at Australian Turf Club courses
- Most Winning Owner at ATC courses
- High Strike Rate Owner at ATC courses
- Most improved horse at ATC courses
- Most starts at Canterbury Friday Night Racing
- Most Starts at Australian Turf Club courses (trained outside the Metro area)
- Most wins at Australian Turf Club courses
- Special Achievement – Shelby Sixtysix (started season benchmark 63, finished as benchmark 102 including 2022 Group 1 Furphy Galaxy
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing and Wagering James Ross said Industry Recognition Day was an important part of the ATC calendar and a fitting end to the racing season.
“This raceday is an important way to celebrate the contribution of owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and horses at all Australian Turf Club tracks right throughout the year,’’ Mr Ross said.
“The Australian Turf Club thanks the entire racing industry and is especially pleased to honour former STC Chairman Bill Picken for his long and significant contribution to racing and his recent recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.’’
The highly consistent Jojo Was A Man for Royal Randwick trainer John Thompson and top apprentice Reece Jones has opened a $3.60-$3.70 TAB Fixed Odds favourite in the ATC Foundation Winter Challenge, equally with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Cross Talk for jockey Jean Van Overmeire.
Next in TAB betting ($8-$8.50 TAB) in the 13-horse field is well performed import Gold Trip for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
The Australian Turf Club is offering a Punters Pack special – with a $39 ticket ($60 value) which includes general admission entry, two Furphy beverage vouchers, a $10 food voucher and a racebook.
Discounts of up to 40 per cent are also still available for General Admission tickets to the Sydney Everest Carnival in Spring.
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