Generosity Flowed at Caulfield on The Melbourne Racing Club’s Charity Race Day
Supporting 16 worthy charities, the Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Race Day saw over 6,000 people enjoying the day, raising in excess of $125,000 for the local charities and community groups involved. Ozharvest were winners on the day, with the Terry and Karina O’sullivan trained Magnapal, ridden by Luke Currie, taking out the Group 3 Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup (formerly the Naturalism Stakes). Magnapal earned a place in the BMW Caulfield Cup as a result of his win. In a mirror image of last year’s race, Caulfield RSL and Pancare were to claim a share in the $ 30,000.00 prize pool, with their horses United States and Genuine Lad respectively finished 2nd and 3rd. The money raised on the day for partnering beneficiaries from general admission ticket sales and corporate hospitality packages was a great achievement which kick started the Spring Racing Carnival at Caulfield. MRC Chief Executive Officer Brodie Arnhold said the clubs expectations were well and truly exceeded with the day’s results. “The Bendigo Bank East Malvern Charity Race Day heralded the official launch of the new MRC Foundation, our co-ordinated approach to charitable activity, and to see such a great level of support and generosity in raising so much money for the 16 participating charities certainly justifies our belief in the Foundation. “The ongoing support from our naming partner Bendigo Bank East Malvern has once again ensured the success of the event, and we are also extremely appreciative of the collaboration and support from the Victorian Government in establishing the MRC Foundation - we thank them both for their involvement,” continued Brodie. “We are looking forward to this fantastic event going from strength to strength in the years to come,” he concluded. The day’s notable attendees were the Honorable Martin Pakula, Minister for Gaming, charity ambassadors Olympia Valance for Camp Quality, EX-AFL identity Kevin Sheedy for Caulfield RSL and Gold Medalist Joann Formosa for RDA, in addition to many other government representatives and racing industry luminaries. Entertainment was also in abundance on the day, with a live performance from Tim Campbell, plus kid’s activities, garden parties, a silent auction, and mascot sprint prior to the main race.
CAULFIELD RACECOURSE CAME ALIVE ON SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2015 WITH COMMUNITY SPIRIT, FAMILY FUN AND TERRIFIC RACING FOR THE BENDIGO BANK EAST MALVERN MRC FOUNDATION RACE DAY, WHICH ALSO MARKED THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF MRC’S CHARITABLE ARM, THE MRC FOUNDATION.