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Winner To Emerge In Editors’ Country Championships Challenge

The running of this Saturday’s $500,000 Newhaven Park Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick will also herald the winner of the 2018 TAB Editors’ Challenge.

Good Host (Jake Pracey-Holmes) will line up in the Newhaven Park Country Championships Final. Image by Janian McMillan

The Challenge was created following the success of the inaugural Country & Provincial Championships Series three years ago - 2018 TAB Country & Provincial Editors' Challenge

With the Series now having a widespread following around NSW, relevant newspaper editors were invited to ‘support their local horses’ that were heading to Royal Randwick to compete for their region.

First and second horses home in each newspaper’s region then run for the newspaper’s favourite charity in the Final, with TAB generously giving $5000 to the each of the two Final winners.

Last year it was Free Standing (Grafton Examiner) whose selected charity Westpac Rescue Helicopter received a $5000 cheque.

TAB also announced it would give a further $500 to each charity should their runners not win either Final. Following are the Country newspapers and their respective charities:-

2018 TAB COUNTRY EDITORS' CHALLENGE

Date Venue Winner & runner-up (TAB fixed odds for Final) Newspaper Charity
Sat 18 Feb Port Macquarie 1st-Victorem ($6) Port Macquarie News Mackillop College Women's Legal Fund
4th-Shelley Beach Road ($51) Port Macquarie News Mackillop College Women's Legal Fund
Sat 24 Feb Goulburn 2nd-Pumpkin Pie ($8.50) Goulburn Post Goulburn Legacy
3rd-Acquittal ($15) Goulburn Post Goulburn Legacy
Sun 25 Feb Mudgee 1st-Cosmologist ($41) Mudgee Guardian Mudgee Relay for Life
2nd-Noel's Gift ($101) Mudgee Guardian Mudgee Relay for Life
Sun 4 Mar Wagga Wagga 1st-O' So Hazy ($26) Wagga Advertiser Good Talk Mental Health
2nd-Bennelong Dancer ($51) Wagga Advertiser Good Talk Mental Health
Sun 11 Mar Grafton 1st-Snitz ($6.50) Grafton Examiner Red Cross Blood Service
2nd-Ferniehirst ($31) Grafton Examiner Red Cross Blood Service
Sun 18 Mar Scone 1st-Suncraze ($4.20 eq fav) Scone Advocate Where There's a Will
2nd-Caerless Choice ($11) Scone Advocate Where There's a Will
Sun 25 Mar Dubbo 1st-Good Host ($101) Dubbo Liberal Clare's Angels
2nd-Sea Lady ($81) Dubbo Liberal Clare's Angels
Sun 26 Mar Muswellbrook 1st-Don't Give a Damn ($4.20 fav) Muswellbrook Chronicle Red Door Community Kitchen
2nd-My Tagoson ($26) Muswellbrook Chronicle Red Door Community Kitchen
Sat 7 April Royal Randwick 1st-xxx xxx xxx

HONOUR ROLL (Country)
2017 - Grafton Examiner - FREE STANDING (Westpac Rescue Helicopter)
2016 - Scone Advocate - CLEARLY INNOCENT (Aberdeen Men's Shed)
2015 - Muswellbrook Chronicle - ARTLEE (Cancer Council)

 

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