Gerard Yeo Memorial was a real gathering of the clan
WHEN Gerard Yeo lost his life along with 80 other Australians and 200 people from around the globe during the Bali Bombings, friends and family vowed to keep his memory alive.
The annual Gerard Yeo Memorial Handicap was run in perfect conditions under the ribbon of light at the Dubbo Harness Racing Club track on Friday night.
With patriarch Pat and mum Keir watching from the stands with sons Justin, Paul and Simon and their children, it was a Nyngan horse that led the field past the post to claim the emotionally-laden trophy.
Ty Robinson, who brought his horse from out west for the race, was a proud man as he lifted the Gerard Yeo Memorial after screaming throughout the entirety of the 2120 metres as Mat Rue guided Bulgari Rose to an all the way win.
The victory was a fitting reward for the keen owner/trainer as there is no trotting in the western towns these days.
Funds raised from a variety of activities during the evening will be donated to the Ryan Medley Appeal for the 28-year-old CYMS rugby league player recovering from a spinal injury suffered in Wellington in June this year.
Gerard’s nephew Isaiah Yeo donated his No 12 Penrith Panthers jersey which was auctioned at the track. The big second-rower often speaks of his late uncle’s love of St John’s JRL, Dubbo CYMS and the Coogee Dolphins with whom he had travelled to Bali for the fateful end-of-season trip in 2002.
Isaiah is enjoying the short off-season at home with dad Justin and mum Amy as they take up residence on a small holding just outside of town.
‘Look out for the Panthers next year’ was Isaiah’s message and he is hoping that another Dubbo junior, Kayde Ellis will join him and former Wellington junior, Tyrone Peachey in the Penrith Panthers First 13 next year.