PROMINENT community figures and sporting identities have been invited to saddle up for a good cause.
Wodonga councillor Anna Speedie is in training for Caulfield Cup Day’s maiden celebrity race to be held as the last fixture during Wodonga’s October 19 meeting.
Dubbed as a fun way to raise money and awareness of ovarian cancer, the race is a partnership between the Border Ovarian Cancer Awareness Group and Wodonga and District Turf Club.
“There are six races on the day and we are adding a seventh race for the awareness group,” turf club general manager Tom O’Connor said.
“It will be listed in the race guide and there will be trainers, jockeys and owners who will be paying a right to do that.
“We will get the barriers out and riders will be weighed and called like a normal race.”
Wodonga mother Heather Watts founded the awareness group.
Ms Watts hopes to lock in 20 riders who will be challenged to raise $1000 in the lead-up to the event.
“We have invited Border identities and a host of sporting personalities,” she said.
Ms Watts said the distance of the race was yet to be decided.
Wodonga mayor Mark Byatt will start the race and people are encouraged to place bets at the track or phone them in to 2AY on the day.
Anyone interested in participating can phone Ms Watts on 0401 008 310.