Ladies day laps breast cancer

SOME 1500 people filed through the gates to watch Tom Chapman win the Equmen Gift, applaud the best dressed racegoers in Jemma Welsh-Robertson, Tim Reid, Kerry McGlone and Ryan Paranthoiene, and marvel at the feats of jockey Michael Travers.

While the Goulburn District Racing Club is yet to confirm exactly how much money Saturday’s second annual Girls Day Out meeting raised for local breast cancer support, its secretary Greg Wilson believes the spinoffs for the cause are immeasurable.

“This day from our point of view is all about raising awareness for breast cancer,” he said.

“That’s what it’s done.”

The afternoon’s marquee event, the Equmen Gift, proved fruitful. The event featured 14 local men in singlets, a bow-tie and a pair Equmen underpants.

At 1pm they dashed down 100 metres of the racecourse straight. First passed the finish post was Tom Chapman, his second Gift running.

It’s estimated bets and sweeps on the race generated $3000 alone.

All things considered, Girls Day Out hit the mark.

“It was a bit bigger than last year. People really got behind the event, more so this year,” Mr Wilson said.

“That’s as a big a crowd as we could have hoped for. There were very few incidents.”

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