Life honour for racing club member

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Long-time committee member Ken Crossley was awarded life membership at Deniliquin Racing Club’s annual general meeting.

President Russell Douglas said Crossley had made a significant contribution to the club over many years.

‘‘Ken has been with this club for such a long time, probably as long as Peter Joss (former secretary),’’ he said.

Douglas said successful race meetings were held on Anzac Day and Caulfield Cup day.

He acknowledged ‘‘a massive input by all committee members and others’’.

The many sponsors were thanked for their continued support.

‘‘Without our sponsors our race meetings would not be possible,’’ the president said.

Catherine Newman and Dimity Strongman were thanked for taking over the Fashions on the Field organising and lifting it to a new level.

Special mention was made of the track maintenance team of Dick McCurry, Peter Joss and Lindsay Holden, also Jamie Tasker, Greg Thorley, Peter Simpson, Peter Rae and Joan Douglas.

The club is aiming to increase the number of members from 170 to 200.

The $40 fee is payable by February 28.

Prospective members can contact Peter Simpson for information.

The fees will be directed to improving the female jockeys’ room and club rooms.

Officials for 2020 are: President Russell Douglas, vice-president Todd Newman, treasurer Peter Simpson, secretary Joan Douglas.

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Jerilderie sprinter Mr Brown Fox followed up an Albury win last month with success at Echuca on Monday.

Mr Brown Fox ($3 fav) ridden by Tyler Schiller led narrowly before breaking away in the straight to win the Rating 58 (1000m) by 2 3/4 lengths.

Celeritate Ragem was second and Hello There filled third place for Gunbower trainer John Pearson.

The winner’s owners include trainer Phil Sweeney.

Bon Shadow made a promising debut, finishing second in the Maiden Plate (1000m).

The Bon Hoffa-Singing Shadow three year-old is trained by Gwenda Johnstone.

Valoyd trained by Gerald Egan and ridden by Billy Egan proved too strong in the final 100m to score by 1 3/4 lengths.

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Follow - Just Benjamin: Imported staying prospect won two from five starts in England; hit the line strongly for Caulfield fifth over 1600m.

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Coming winners: Parmie was second to stablemate Mrs Beckham at third start this preparation.

Yamazaki impressed with fast final 200m at Gold Coast.

Geo was having only his third start when second at Randwick.