Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull raises his arm in victory as he and Mattie Williamson driving Sonny Albert head down the home straight at Forbury Park last night, followed by Insp Greg Sparrow and Dexter Dunn driving Jaccka Sign. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull might not have been near a racecourse
in 40 years but it did not show when he raised his hand in
triumph as he sped around Forbury Park racetrack during a
celebrity dual-sulky race last night.
Mr Cull, Clutha district police inspector Greg Sparrow and
University of Otago Student Association president Logan Edgar
went head to head in the race as part of a Neurological
Foundation's Chair in Neurosurgery campaign event.
The event raised $48,159, boosting the campaign total to just
under $2,885,000. The foundation is hoping to raise $3
However, it was Mr Cull's horse Sonny Albert that showed it
had the pace, winning by a length, closely followed by Insp
Sparrow and Dexter Dunn driving Jaccka Sign. A few lengths
back were Mr Edgar and Nathan Williamson driving Seldom
"It was exhilarating," Mr Cull said. "The horse was a bit
frisky to start but the driver brought him back under
It was a nice flat ride, once around the 1200m raceway, and
his driver and horse "absolutely went for it", he said.
Chair in Neurosurgery campaign project manager Irene Mosley
said the dinner, races and auction all made for a "fabulous"
"The atmosphere has been electric. People are really enjoying