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January 3, 2003

Punters challange race day

From: Mudgeee Guardian and Gulgong Advertiser, Australia - 03 Jan 2003

By Don Mahoney

Mudgee Race Club is gearing up for their charity race day that benefits the Hearing Impaired Trust and also incorporates the "Punters' Challenge".

Last year four hotels took part in the "Punters' Challenge" with the Lawson Park team taking home the trophy to display in their hotel.

This year already four hotels have again committed to the "Punter's Challenge" and four other local licensed premises and the Rooty Hill RSL have indicated they are looking to have a team to try and win the trophy from the Lawson Park.

Licensee of the Lawson Park, Des Kennedy, said he will stick with last year's winning formula and not be at the Mudgee track and leave the job to his patrons who did so well last year.

The Club arranges for each participating team to have their own marquee at the track and their punters are given a bank of $200 to bet with.

The winner being the team with the best result on the day - that could be the largest profit or the smallest loser.

All profits from the "Punters' Challenge" are donated to the Hearing Impaired Trust.

This year entry to the racecourse is free of charge but the Club urges racegoers to make donations to the Hearing Impaired Trust.

Mudgee Race Club Chairman Max Walker said the Club decided to have a "free" gate after the Club's Cup meeting in November was washed out.

Racegoers will once again be treated to lots of racing action and will be able to watch the live broadcast of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Races along with other major Australian race meetings that will be screened on the on course television monitors.

"We aim to make the day a great family occasion with lots for adults and children to do," Max Walker said.

A number of trainers from Mudgee have runners at today's Bathurst Turf Club meeting including Bold Drummer and County Down from the Max Crockett stable.

Bold Drummer will be resuming from a three month spell and County Down is second up after a spell.

Tracey Bartley will start White Eagle and Cainbil, Rex Fox Bob's Way and Rylstone mentor Ross Lomax has last start winner Sheer Lunacy and Mr Cutra (a win and a second from his past two starts) accepted.

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