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Pacing support for John Hunter Children’s Hospital Kids Club


The Newcastle Harness Racing Club (NHRC) is not the only organisation eagerly-awaiting the AVE Technologies Newcastle Mile this week.

So, too, is the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Kids Club (JHCHKC).

With brilliant pacer Leap To Fame participating in the $100,000 feature race on Friday 23 February, and aiming for 10 consecutive victories, owners Kevin and Kay Seymour are feeling quite generous.

An online auction, set up by the NHRC, is offering racing enthusiasts an opportunity to purchase a piece of history in the making.

And, the Seymours have kindly donated three limited edition collector’s items, with all proceeds raised going to the club’s charity partner, the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Kids Club.

The framed memorabilia will include a set of Leap To Fame racing colours, winning shoes and photographs signed by trainer/driver Grant Dixon of the victories at the 2023 Inter Dominion and 2024 Hunter Cup.

The two-time Queensland Horse of the Year, which has amassed more than $1.2 million in prizemoney, is on target to claim his 10th successive triumph in the Newcastle Mile, where he’s also chasing automatic qualification into the 2024 Miracle Mile at Club Menangle in March.

If successful at Newcastle, a further signed photograph of the win will be included in the framed memorabilia.

Plus, if Leap To Fame salutes the judges first on Friday night, the Seymours will gift 5% of the winning stakes to one lucky Newcastle Mile patron, as well as match the donation with a further 5% pledge to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Kids Club.

“We’ve been supporting the Kids Club for more than 25 years,” Newcastle Harness Racing Club business development manager Jane Hextell said.
“We are very proud that the weekly raffles conducted at meetings have been acknowledged by JHCHKC president Jan Waugh as one of the largest overall contribution sources to their fundraising, which has raised more than $2.8 million over the past 31 years helping sick children in the Hunter region.”

Ms Waugh was equally-complimentary.

“The harness racing community is always so generous at our weekly raffles,” she said.

“We are extremely grateful for the added opportunities presented by the club, particularly over the last six years at the Newcastle Mile, which enable us to ramp up funds raised.

“These latest two gestures by the Seymours are just the icing on the cake.

“We could not be more thankful.”

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