Racy Girls cal­en­dar honours Chittick

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

A racy cal­en­dar full of fe­male jock­eys, called Racy Girls, has been toned down and will raise funds for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand af­ter the re­cent loss of a prom­i­nent rac­ing iden­tity Lisa Chittick.

Chittick, who was part of the well-known O’Sul­li­van fam­ily, lost her bat­tle with Leukaemia on May 13.

Zea Marks said she had al­ready started pro­duc­ing the cal­en­dar and was plan­ning for the mod­els to be pho­tographed in lin­gerie but changed tack af­ter the Mata­mata woman’s death.

‘‘Lisa was well re­spected and I knew her per­son­ally as I am close to the O’Sul­li­van fam­ily,’’ Marks said.

She first re­quested per­mis­sion from Chittick’s par­ents, Dave and Marie O’Sul­li­van, who were hon­oured and hum­bled that she had cho­sen to ded­i­cate the cal­en­dar to their daugh­ter’s mem­ory and raise funds for the char­ity.

How­ever, they told her the fi­nal de­ci­sion lay with Chittick’s hus­band Mark.

Marks said Mark was re­ally touched by the ges­ture and sug­gested donat­ing a tour of Waikato Stud to the auc­tion which will take place at the of­fi­cial launch on Au­gust 3.

A group of four will be hosted by Mark Chittick and they will be able to view cham­pion stal­lion O’Reilly.

The Chitticks had de­vel­oped their own pri­vate clay bird shoot­ing range, Game Gully, at the back of the farm, which the group will get ac­cess to, along with a two- hour tu­to­rial with pro­fes­sional clay bird shoot in­struc­tor Ric Black.

‘‘Mark will get up and say a speech at the auc­tion and talk about the tour and hope­fully stim­u­late some ri­valry amongst the lads,’’ Marks said.

There are four Mata­mata jock­eys in the cal­en­dar, who will wear clothes de­signed to em­u­late the page spon­sor’s rac­ing colours.

Marks had hoped to get a joint photo of the My­ers sis­ters but Kelly My­ers was in­jured re­cently.

Lisa Chittick had been fight­ing leukaemia for 14 months but died in Los Angeles, where she had been seek­ing treat­ment ear­lier this year.

Back­stretch NZ Pro­duc­tions pro­duced the first Racy Girls cal­en­dar ten years ago.

The sec­ond cal­en­dar, for the 2014/2015 rac­ing sea­son, has the jock­eys in more glam­orous gear, in­stead of their rac­ing silks.

The launch will take place at The Club­house Sports Bar and Grill in Cam­bridge on Au­gust 3 at 6pm.

Tick­ets cost $10 and are avail­able from The Club­house by phon­ing 07 823 7111.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

RACY GIRL: Mata­mata based jockey Brid­get Grylls in Hin­uera Lodge colours is Miss Au­gust.

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