Re­lax with golf be­fore race meet

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Keen golfers are in­vited to join jock­eys and train­ers at the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes golf tour­na­ment for a re­lax­ing round of golf be­fore the se­ri­ous busi­ness of horse rac­ing starts.

The tour­na­ment, held at Mata­mata Golf Club, is the day be­fore Breed­ers’ Stakes and is a shot­gun start, with ev­ery­one start­ing at the same time – at 11am – at var­i­ous places around the green. En­try is $25 and there are bet­ting vouch­ers for Breed­ers’ Stakes to be won, tour­na­ment or­gan­iser Brad Smith said.

At the 11th hole there will be a hos­pi­tal­ity stop with a bar­be­cue and beers. A hos­pi­tal­ity cart will be go­ing around as well.

Also on the 11th, golfers can bet on whether they will hit the ball onto the green and Frank Vosper will be giv­ing the odds.

Smith would pre­fer peo­ple to en­ter be­fore the event on Fe­bru­ary 20, but they may en­ter on the day. Ring the club manager, Graeme Reid, on 07 888 6109 to en­ter. En­trants must re­port half an hour be­fore the event starts.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

GET GOLF­ING: Join jock­eys and train­ers such as Michael Cole­man, far left, who will be rid­ing in the Breed­ers’ Stakes this year and has won it three times, tour­na­ment or­gan­iser Brad Smith and Dave O’Sul­li­van, who has trained five Breed­ers’ Stakes win­ners, at the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes golf tour­na­ment.

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