Ger­ard Yeo Memo­rial was a real gath­er­ing of the clan

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GE­OFF MANN

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.

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