A Long Lunch with The Pumper
Jason Richardson opened the lunch with a traditional heads and tails trivia challenge that not only tested the members’ racing knowledge, but also set the tone as a celebration of the start of the spring racing carnival. It was a pleasant surprise to then have Brad Spicer of Spicer Thoroughbreds and Darren Baxter of Lion Nathan inducted into the GSC Hall of Fame for their extraordinary contribution to the journey of the GSC over the last 8 years.
We then heard from Shane (GSC Committee Member) and Dan (Mirabel youth worker and GSC Committee Member) about the difference the money raised at the lunches has made to the lives of dozens of disadvantaged young people through the positive impact of sport. A highlight was hearing about the UHS/ Flemington Junior Football Club 2015 under 19 Colts premiership. The GSC sponsored 8 of the young men to participate in that team through club memberships and uniforms.
After entrée, Richo introduced legendary Hoop Jim Cassidy to the stage and ran a terrific interview, delving into the glittering career of the Pumper. The question was asked of how he acquired this nickname, but despite the rumours he assured us it was from his racing style. It was superb to hear about his Melbourne Cup winners Kiwi in 1983 and Might and Power in 1997. The win on Might and Power became even more interesting as Jim let us know that the late Kerry Packer had wagered $4 million for it to win, glad he held on!
After lunch, Richo facilitated a fascinating a look at the form with Brad Spicer (now in the GSC Hall of Fame) and Jo McKinnon trying to find us a winner in the Caulfield Guineas and for the big races over the spring, the Japanese horses were prominent.
We must thank the below sponsors, who all made significant contributions to the afternoon. Without them, it would not be possible to raise such a significant amount of money – 100% of which will be directed to assist disadvantaged young people to access sport. As always, the Mirabel Foundation will be the primary beneficiary. Next time you have a chance to support our sponsors, please do. They are:
• Boags (Lion)
• Spicer Thoroughbreds
• Hawaiian Airlines
• Concierge Travel
• Coldstream Brewery
• Lululemon Athletica
Finally, a massive thank you to all GSC members. Your ongoing support and generosity is enormous.
Where to from here? Standby for news regarding the next lunch in March 2016.