The thrills were in abundance but thankfully there were no
spills as nine amateur riders and a professional jockey
battled out the Charity Riders Oaks at Wingatui on Sunday.
The Oaks was one of the features of the inaugural Think Pink
race day, organised by the Otago Racing Club to help raise
funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
All riders were required to raise at least $300 to compete in
Sole professional rider Chris Johnson threatened to spoil the
fun for the amateurs over the 800m but Wingatui track rider
Georgia Sumner-Davis provided a tidy ride to win with
Resplendent, trained by her employer Paul Richards.
Sumner-Davis was still buzzing after the dash down the home
''It was freaking amazing - my horse was awesome, she just
kept plugging the whole way,'' she said.
The 24-year-old University Of Otago physiotherapy student had
a summer working for Canterbury trainer Michael Pitman before
starting to ride track work for Richards at Wingatui last
''It's awesome. I miss the horses if I'm just studying the
She hopes to transfer her love of horses in to a career in
Three women were recognised for their contribution to the
South Island racing industry.
Trainer, breeder and owner Val Christophers, of Winton, and
former Otago Racing Club president Diana Strang were joined
by Marlborough Racing Club member Donna Green to receive
their Show Gate awards.
Otago Racing Club chief executive Andre Klein said the final
fundraising total was still being confirmed, but it appeared
the club's target of $7000 had been reached.