Royal Randwick Turns Red and Yellow

Without a wave in sight, Sydney’s historic Royal Randwick Racecourse showed its support for our surf lifesavers last Saturday at the second Surf Life Saving NSW Race Day.

Following on from last year’s inaugural event, thousands came through the Randwick gates for the fixture that has kick-started Sydney’s summer of racing and also raised some much needed funds for Surf Life Saving.

The event was made possible through the generous support of Segenhoe Stud and the Australian Turf Club with the December 5 Race Day the second event in a five-year partnership.

“Our vision in Segenhoe presenting this Race Day is to create an annual event where the entire Surf Life Saving family comes together as a celebration,” Segenhoe Chairman Kevin Maloney said.

“Our racing colours of yellow and red are the same as the iconic Surf Life Saving colours and it seemed a natural synergy for us to embrace the movement and help the volunteers,” Mr Maloney said.

Throughout the day there was plenty of colour and even the odd celebrity or two. Melbourne Cup winning Jockey Michelle Payne, her brother Strapper Steve, and West Indian Cricket legend Brian Lara were among the most popular attendees.

The general racing public also got up close to some of the rescue equipment that lifesavers use to help keep people safe at the beach, including the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter which landed to deliver the inaugural Surf Life Saving NSW/Segenhoe Race Day Cup. During the day the public were also treated to all the tradition of a March Past from teams representing Wanda SLSC and Maroubra SLSC.

Champion beach athlete Katie Williams (Collaroy SLSC) and ironman Kendrick Louis (Newport SLSC) performed the role of Race Day Ambassadors and helped generate awareness of the need for the public to support our volunteer lifesavers in their vital work.

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Phil Vanny AM hailed the success of the event believing it is has now cemented itself as one of the highlights of the summer racing program.

“It was a fantastic experience to be out on the race track and seeing everyone from volunteers to the racing public come together to enjoy the day and raise some very valuable funds for the lifesaving movement.

“Segenhoe and the Australian Turf Club have both been extremely generous supporters of this event and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with them to ensure that the event continues to grow,” Mr Vanny said.

Photo: Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne with volunteers at Race Day.

Fri 11 Dec 2015