The Racing Reaches Out Fundraiser will be held at Clifford Park on Saturday, 13 May. The event will raise money to assist the families of injured track work riders Ben Saunders and Wade Clasohm.

Both men are recovering in a Brisbane hospital following a tragic fall at Clifford park early morning on Saturday, 8 April. The racing community have banded together to help raise money to aid their recovery and help ease the burden of expenses on their families.

Toowoomba Turf Club Chairman Kent Woodford is encouraging as many people as possible to make a donation or attend the fundraising event. So far, stallion sire service donations totalling almost $50,000 have been donated to the Racing Reaches Out Fundraiser.

The service donations will be included in an online auction to support the event. Chairman Kent Woodford says, “The racing community – particularly the breeders and stud farms – have proved incredibly generous.”

A number of both services and memorabilia have been donated and Kent Woodford hopes horse owners, breeders and trainers are going to pay particular interest as they are apparently highly valued. Some of the memorabilia that has been donated includes a framed, signed shoe belonging to champion horse Buffering from his trainer Robert Heathcore. Peter Moody donated a signed, framed Black Caviar piece. Other items include memorabilia from Makybe Diva, Takeover Target and signed breeches from champion jockeys Michelle Payne and Joao Moreira.

According to TTC Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers, amazing hospitality packages from Coolmore, Gai Waterhouse, Aquis Farm, Godolphin and many more are just some of the services that have been donated for the auction.

“There will be several auction platforms on the night. Online, a silent auction and a live auction, all inside the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee,” states Mr Odgers.

Mr Woodford said Clifford Park wanted to see as many people attending the event as possible. “We want to raise maximum funds for Ben and Wade’d families, but get your tickets now, as they are selling fast.”

Tickets for the event will cost $75, which includes dinner and dessert. The TTC will be covering the expenses associated with the dinner cost, allowing all of the ticket price to go to the fundraising pool.

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