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    A FANTASTIC opportunity is available for prospective sponsors in coming weeks. Newcastle is poised to host heats of the Tommy Reay Sapling Memorial on... Fantastic opportunity available

    A FANTASTIC opportunity is available for prospective sponsors in coming weeks.

    Newcastle is poised to host heats of the Tommy Reay Sapling Memorial on February 19, with sponsorship openings still available.

    For a set fee of $1500, supporting businesses receive race naming rights on the 19th and during the Final meeting March 1.

    If that’s not enough, each sponsor has an additional 10 race names throughout the season.

    As it stands, Alabar Bloodstock, Woodlands Stud, NSW Breeders’ Association and Nutrien Sales have already jumped on board.

    The Raey family through Medowie Lodge round out the current list.

    Open to all two-year-olds, the $20,000 feature – and $6936 heats – are named in honour of the man who started Medowie Lodge in the 1990s.

    Along with the renowned New South Wales-based breeding establishment, Tommy – who lost his valiant battle with cancer in 2020 – farmed chickens for more than a decade.

    Medowie Lodge is named in honour of Medowie Prince, which Tommy bred.

    A Group Two winner during the 1990s, Medowie Prince registered 33 wins and 21 placings for earnings of $198,510.

    “As good as Medowie Prince was, if you’d asked Dad, he would’ve told you Dunromin was the best he bred,” Darren Reay said. “We bred Dunromin and sold him at the APG Sales to Wayne Honan.

    “His career was cut short to just 17 starts, but he won seven of those and ran six placings.

    “He won the Queensland Sires’ Final and the Kevin Seymour Nursery and also finished third in the APG Final, which was won by a horse named Golden Reign!”

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