By Bill Poulos
As hundreds lined the fence to watch Track Flash give trainer Peter Sinclair his 12th Boolooroo Cup at Moree picnics on Saturday, a close-knit group of racegoers was creating its own slice of turf history at Royal Randwick’s corresponding meeting.
Bec Diprose and her family, along with a group of close friends, were trackside at racing headquarters to watch the running of the 1400m Anthony Diprose Memorial Handicap, a race named in honour of one of Moree’s best-loved characters. Anthony ‘Dipper’ Diprose died suddenly last year at just 47 years of age.
He was Moree Race Club president for three years from 2012 and a long-time associate of Moree Picnic Race Club.
Dipper was also responsible for helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars over the years for a long list of charities and vital services through his involvement with various committees and organisations, including a group of golfing buddies affectionately called The Moree Desperates.
And it was Dipper’s love of the little round white ball that led to the naming of the feature race at Randwick on Saturday – a meeting that raised much-needed funds for Sporting Chance Foundation.
Foundation patron, former Australian cricket captain Mark ‘Tubby’ Taylor, requested that the feature race be named in honour of Dipper and his tireless work for charitable causes. Bec Diprose held back tears as she spoke of her family’s special day at Royal Randwick.
“It was an amazing day . . . very emotional, and a very special tribute to Dipper,” Bec said. “We have an amazing group of friends around us that continue to support not only me, but also Dipper’s mum and dad and his brother and sisters-in-law. Everyone had a wonderful weekend. Dipper’s youngest brother, Richard, had written on his Facebook page that they felt like royalty,” she said.
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