Chairty pig races

By Jamie Lowe

At least $10,000 has been raised for Deniliquin’s CanAssist branch following a successful two days of thoroughbred pig racing at the Deni Ute Muster.

With the help of Muster organisers and Noah’s Thoroughbred Racing Pigs, 10 pig races were held over Friday and Saturday.

Deniliquin CanAssist president Kellie Crossley said Muster goers were invited to participate in a pig race calcutta, similar to those traditionally held for horse races.

Spectators could also buy raffle tickets for the chance of claiming ‘ownership’ of the pigs that lined up in each of the 10 races.

Each race saw half of the prize pool from the calcutta auction split, with half of the money going to the ‘owner’ of the winning pig and the other half being donated to CanAssist.

Mrs Crossley said the exact amount raised is still being tallied.

Peter Valencic from Sydney won the auction for the winning pig in race one on Saturday, leaving with $220.

Mr Valencic, who claimed the silver pig with an $80 bid, said he was lucky to do so.

‘‘I didn’t get to the auction until the last pig was being auctioned. Luckily I got it and it managed to win.

‘‘I’ve been to six Muster’s now and absolutely love it. It’s always a ripping weekend.”