Racy Girls calendar honours Chittick
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.
RACY GIRL: Matamata based jockey Bridget Grylls in Hinuera Lodge colours is Miss August.