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RDA winners on Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day

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The MRC Foundation, an organization established to enable the Melbourne Racing Club to centralize its charitable and community support with a focus on developing partnerships between the two groups will have its presence felt at Ladbrokes Mornington Cup on Saturday, 25 March.

One of the primary beneficiaries of $50,000 of funds raised from the MRC Foundation is local community charity, Riding for Disabled (RDA) in Mornington who use the members’ carpark and current makeshift shelter for their twice-weekly program.

The program, which sees those with a disability or in a wheelchair ride in horse-led carriages, is a vast support for the 32 participants who take part throughout the year. The program provides physical and emotional therapy, exercise and social interaction for participants, carers and volunteers alike.

The much-needed new facility will see the RDA members and volunteers enjoy electricity, toilets and air conditioning, ideally resulting in an expansion of the current program.

“This kind of investment will make a world of difference to our programs and the people involved,” said Lesley Hewitt, RDA Victoria President.

Living legend Apache Cat

If anyone, in particular charitable organisations would like more information on the MRC Foundation, come along to Ladbrokes Mornington Cup this Saturday where the MRC Foundation will be collocated with the living legend Apache Cat.

The MRC Foundation in conjunction with the Mornington Racing Club will be supporting The Bays Hospital on Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day matching each dollar kindly donated to the volunteers, who will be on course to raise funds to contribute to the purchase of one new foetal monitor to expand their foetal monitoring services.

Funds are raised for charities including those on the Mornington Peninsula by MRC Foundation Blue Diamond Gala Dinners. For more details visit http://mrc.racing.com/mrc-foundation


It’s one of the biggest days on the Mornington Peninsula’s social calendar with the running of the 2017 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup day on Saturday.

Punters will have their eyes on the track at 4.30pm when the $300,000 race is run. This year’s Cup, run over 2400 metres, will feature an international challenger for the first time. Rising six-year old Godolphin stayer ‘The Gold Trail’ from Ireland is set to be the focus being a winner at Doncaster in England and Dubai in his past two starts.  “He’s a very calm horse, we’ve had him on the radar for Australia on the back of the spring carnival horses last year,” trainer Charlie Appleby said.

Another close contender is three-year old ‘Tally’, a dual Group Two winner and a Group One runner up recently. Gates open at the Mornington Racecourse at 10.30am – the day always promises to be memorable for young, old and all ages in between.

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Written by: Debra Mar

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