Raising money for GERF at Sale Quality meeting

SALE Turf Club will use Sunday’s Sale Quality meeting as its major fundraiser for bushfire relief.

All gate takings, and proceeds from gold coin barbecue, auction, raffles and fashions on the field will be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

The barbecue will be operate from 11.30am to 3pm, with fashions on the field from 1pm and auction from 2.30pm.

Beginning after the first race of the day, fashions on the field will be judged by Peta Bell, who placed second in the national fashions of the field competition last year, and her stylish partner Danny Archer.

Categories will be best dressed boy, girl and gentleman, best millinery (male or female), classic lady of the day, and contemporary lady of the day. Entry will cost $5, which will go to GERF.

There will be the chance to meet champion jockey Greg Childs, winner of 72 group one races.

Children will be entertained in the kids precinct, with rides, activities and disco.

Recognising the tough time the region has gone through with fire and drought, all emergency service personnel, people who have been affected by the fires, and farmers, and their families can attend the races free of charge.

On the track, the 1200 metre Sale Quality is set to attract a quality field, vying for a share of $60,000 in prize money.

There will be free bus services from the Maffra Community Sports Club, and Lakeside Club, Criterion Hotel and Mansi on Raymond, Sale.

Meanwhile, the 133rd Buchan Cup will go ahead next month, just weeks after the track was scorched by bushfires.

The decision to go ahead with the February 15 meeting was made on Wednesday after an inspection by Country Racing Victoria, racing stewards, and local jockeys and trainers.