Daffodil Raceday celebrating Rugby, Racing and Volunteers

Matt Cameron
Former All Black and TAB Ambassador Stephen ‘Beaver’ Donald with Jockey Matt Cameron

Hawke’s Bay Racing and the TAB is proud to announce that Tarzino Trophy TAB Daffodil Raceday is back at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday 31st August.

This year’s event is a celebration of ‘Rugby, Racing and Volunteers’ to raise money for the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society. “The team at Hawke’s Bay Racing are again privileged to be able to work with our partners Westbury Stud and the TAB to pull together fundraising initiatives for the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society,” Hawke’s Bay Racing chief executive Andrew Castles said. “This is a great way to start the Bostock New Zealand Spring Carnival and a cause dear to our hearts.”

Over the past five years Hawke’s Bay Racing has raised more than $135,000 to provide care and support to local families affected by cancer. TAB General Manager Customer, Gary Woodham, said he was delighted to announce the continued support of the annual initiative, with the TAB doubling its donations this year, handing over $2,000 per winner in the Daffodil Raceday silks to the Cancer Society. “Cancer touches everybody at some point, everywhere across New Zealand, Daffodil Raceday is an important way for the TAB to connect with our community and support the vital work provided by the Cancer Society,” he said. “Daffodil Raceday aligns with the TAB’s mission to enhance Kiwi’s involvement and enjoyment of racing and sport in a safe environment, while contributing money back to New Zealand communities. We are delighted to throw our weight behind this important Initiative.”

Former All Black and TAB Ambassador Stephen ‘Beaver’ Donald will be the guest speaker at a High Tea for Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society Volunteers. “To have 2011 World Cup hero Stephen Donald here to relive that iconic moment in New Zealand sports history will be fantastic,” Castles said. “With the TAB now agreeing to pay $2,000 for every winner in the Daffodil day colours I better get the right horses to carry them.”

Hawke’s Bay Racing will again put on a special ‘High Tea’ event for the volunteers as a way of saying thank you for their dedication, hard work and commitment. The event will continue to be smoke-free as a sign of clubs’ ongoing commitment to its relationship with the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society. “This will be the third year the event has been smoke-free, a move that has been embraced by race goers,” Castles said. “It is a small way we can show tangible support for the efforts of the Cancer Society as they continue their efforts to reduce the harm caused in our society by this cruel disease.”

Tarzino Trophy TAB Daffodil Raceday is the opening day of the Bostock New Zealand Spring Carnival. Admission on the day is by $5 donation to the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society.