Think pink at Wingatui

The final touches are being made to Wingatui Racecourse as the Otago Racing Club prepares for its inaugural Think Pink Race Day, for breast cancer awareness, on Sunday.

Otago Racing Club marketing and events manager Charlotte Neilson said more than 150 bookings had been taken for the Tickled Pink cocktail function in the Winning Post Lounge at the racecourseThose attending would receive a ''goodie bag'' on arrival.

Auctions and raffles would be run during the day.

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation ''Oaks'' will feature up to eight amateur riders from Mosgiel and Dunedin riding against multiple group 1-winning jockey Chris Johnson in a race over 800m.

Each amateur rider has to raise at least $300 to take part, with proceeds to be donated to the foundation.

In honour of the cause, Johnson will be in the pink riding breeches he wore when winning the Pink Ribbon Cup at Caulfield in Melbourne last month.

The club is also continuing its Show Gate awards, recognising South Island women who have contributed to the racing industry.

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