Thousands raised for charity at races
Spinal Trust Raceday held last Sunday
On Sunday 24th of September, Pukekohe Park hosted their annual charity race day for the New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST).
The NZST is a registered charity that helps people with spinal cord impairments, and is a cause close to a lot of racing participants hearts.
In 2016 Pukekohe Park helped raise $9,000 for the cause and the profit from the 2017 raceday just been has been totalled at over $16,000 going directly to the NZST.
Aside from raising money, there was entertainment on and off the track with some well-known sporting celebrities making an appearance on course in the Wheelchair Challenge against the New Zealand Wheel Black team.
The jockeys also joined in the charitable fun, competing in a ‘Moonhopper’ race down the front straight with late entrant Troy Harris taking the win.
On the track, the $50,000 Haunui Farm Karaka Classic feature race was taken out by ex-Irish galloper Chance To Dance, who dived through late in the piece to win on debut in New Zealand.
After a successful 2017 event, Pukekohe Park and the NZST will continue their association with the annual raceday in September.