The Australian Turf Club joined with some of Western Sydney’s biggest community and sporting clubs at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 26 August for the long-standing and popular ClubsNSW Western Metropolitan Raceday.
The raceday continued a 32-year partnership between the Australian Turf Club and ClubNSW Western Sydney Metropolitan Region, and included a function of almost 500 guests in Rosehill Gardens’ Grand Pavilion, overlooking the racecourse and home straight.
Among the clubs supporting the raceday and with named races were Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL, Guildford Leagues, Campbelltown Catholic Club, Cabra Bowls, Dooleys, Bankstown Sports Club and state body ClubsNSW.
The feature races were the Group 3 Smithfield RSL San Domenico Stakes, won by Libertad ridden by Chad Schofield and trained by Annabel Neasham; as well as Group 3 CMNL Up and Coming Stakes won by Tom Kitten ridden by Nash Rawiller and trained by James Cummings.
The raceday raised funds and awareness for charity partner Little Wings, a non-profit organisation that provides free and professional safe flight and ground transport services for seriously ill children in regional and rural NSW.
On the day alone including raffle prizes and fundraising, plus Australian Turf Club donations, almost $40,000 was raised.
Prior to the event, ClubsNSW Western Metropolitan Region President Bill Treloar said Saturday continued a tradition with Sydney racing and the Australian Turf Club which started in 1990.
“For more than 30 years from a humble start we have grown our partnership with the Australian Turf Club and helped to raise almost $2 million for a variety of charities,’’ Treloar stated.
“We are thrilled to again join with Little Wings which does wonderful work for families across NSW.
“Saturday’s annual raceday allows us to thank so many of our clubs and acknowledge the support and hard work they do all through the year for charities and causes such as the recent floods in NSW.
“We also look forward to many of our clubs and members enjoying the renowned and award-winning service and hospitality of the superb team at Rosehill Gardens and the Australian Turf Club.’’
Australian Turf Club spokesman Brett de Vine said: “The ATC has partnered with Clubs NSW Western Metropolitan region for 33 years in succession and Clubs right across west and south-west Sydney remain amongst our most longest-running and biggest partners at Rosehill Gardens.
“Saturday’s feature raceday was another huge success with a sold-out function in the Grand Pavillion of more than 500 people enjoying world-class racing and award-winning food, service and hospitality second to none in Sydney.
“We thank Clubs NSW and in particular Bill Treloar and his team for their support and the great work with the ATC in raising so much money and awareness for charitable organisations.’’