The horse racing community will honour the lifesaving work that the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has provided to the industry as part of a luncheon to celebrate a new $1 million 1300 metre spring race.
The Rescue Helicopter was selected to be the beneficiary of the ‘The Hunter Charity Luncheon’ that will be presented by Australian Bloodstock in conjunction with Newcastle Racecourse because of the aeromedical support that it has provided to a number of jockeys involved in racing related incidents.
Newcastle Racecourse will host the $1 million 1300 metre spring race ‘The Hunter’ on 16 November as a stand-alone Saturday meeting that will be the feature in NSW racing calendar.
Australian Bloodstock Director Jamie Lovett, recognised the significance of the race and the opportunity to support a valuable community service.
‘Australian Bloodstock is proud to partner with the Rescue Helicopter at the inaugural “The Hunter Luncheon” to promote the first Million Dollar Race to be held in Newcastle. As proud Novocastrians, we feel privileged to be associated with such an iconic Newcastle brand that provides so much to our industry and to the wider community,’ Lovett said.
Service CEO Richard Jones OAM, said that he was humbled by the support of Australian Bloodstock, Newcastle Racecourse and Racing NSW.
‘It is an unfortunate connection, but we are proud of our ability to support people that need help after experiencing accidents on and off the track. The racing industry is a valuable part of our region and with the generous support of organisations such as Australian Bloodstock and Newcastle Racecourse the Service can continue to provide support 24-7 to our community,’ Richard concluded.
Newcastle Racecourse Chief Executive Matt Benson, hopes it will be a huge boost for the region and the Rescue Helicopter.
‘It’s a massive announcement with the $1 million prize and a stand-alone event it’s a major boost for thoroughbred racing in the Hunter. But it is also an opportunity for the industry to ‘give back’ to a Service that has been integral in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our jockeys participating in events throughout the year,’ Matt said.
‘For this reason, we are proud to host The Hunter Charity Luncheon in conjunction with the race and trust that the racing community will get behind the event and show their appreciation for our Rescue Helicopter,’ he concluded.