ONCE again it hasn’t taken Team Teal long to “hit the board”.
Last season Queenslander Taleah McMullen opened the squad’s account by capturing the second race within the campaign period.
This time around Victorian reinswoman Jackie Barker has kick-started the charity’s bankroll by winning the first race in Horsham yesterday.
Causing a minor upset, Barker was triumphant with Underattack, which rated 1:59 over 1700 metres to break her maiden at her fifth start.
Thanks to Barker’s win $400 was donated towards WomenCan, along with raising crucial awareness for ovarian cancer research and education.
Between February 1 and March 15 every reinswoman in Australia and New Zealand will wear specially-designed teal pants to raise awareness and valuable funds for ANZGOG – Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group.
Along with the search for a cure, the funds are distributed to the research nurse program and ANZGOG’s education and prevention program Survivors Teaching Students, where ovarian cancer survivors go in to the classrooms of medical students to discuss their journey of diagnosis and living with a life threatening disease
Money is earned via each win during the campaign, with the various state governing bodies donating a set amount per victory, which is matched by the state’s major wagering company.
On average a win is worth $400 for the kitty.
“It was wonderful to hit the board so quickly and to already get some money for Team Teal,” Barker said. “I thoroughly enjoy being part of such an important event each year.
“It gets to the point you look forward to teal pants time as you know you’re part of something big and wear the pants with pride.
“Hopefully I can help add a few more wins before the campaign is over.”
In what was a tremendous day, Team Teal members won 13 races across three states.