Caulfield Cup day a time to honour Carly-Mae Pye
ROCKHAMPTON Jockey Club chairman Peter Boodle has appealed for racegoers to treat tomorrow's St Peter's Caulfield Cup Day races as an occasion to celebrate the life of Rockhampton jockey Carly-Mae Pye.
A crowd in the vicinity of 4000 racegoers is expected trackside at Callaghan Park for what is annually Rockhampton's biggest and swankiest race day.
"Respectfully we would like this meeting to be a celebration of the life of Carly-Mae who tragically died after a track accident at Callaghan Park last Monday.
Naturally everyone is saddened by her shock death, but I feel to transform this meeting into a celebration of Carly-Mae's life is a gift she so rightly deserves from us all.
We can all come together at the racecourse where she triumphed so often and remember her as not only a gifted jockey but a very special person who in so many ways gave so much to so many," Boodle said.
In honour of her life and feats, the second race, the Class 1 (1100m), in which Carly-Mae was to ride her partner Tim Cook's horse Zaha Express, will bear her name.
"We have named the race the Carly-Mae Pye Memorial and the winning jockey will be presented with a clock bearing a picture of Carly-Mae.
Special trays with Carly-Mae Pye's name inscribed upon them will be presented to the trainer and owner," Boodle said.
Carly-Mae Pye's closest female jockey friend in racing and in life Tracy O'Hara will wear the fallen jockey's silks riding Zaha Express.
Boodle said after the last local race a special tribute commissioned by the RJC and compiled by Sky Racing would be beamed across the on-course big screens.
"In the form of a PowerPoint presentation, the montage will feature racing highlights of Carly-Mae Pye's career. I'm sure it will be a very special tribute to such a very special lady," he said.
Carly-Mae Pye's fellow female jockeys Taylor Williams; Trinity Bannon and Donna Carrigg as well as Tracy O'Hara will be riding.
Racing commences at 1.37pm at Callaghan Park
TattsBett helps family of late jockey
IN WHAT is unprecedented, national betting giant TattsBet will donate the proceeds from all Tote Win bets placed on tomorrow's Rockhampton Jockey Club TAB race meeting to a trust appeal established in Carly-Mae Pye's name.
The proceeds will go into the trust fund instigated by Racing Queensland to support the family and partner of Rockhampton's fallen jockey, Carly-Mae Pye.
RQ's chief executive Darren Condon, who met Carly's loved ones in Rockhampton on Tuesday, said "the fund would assist them at a difficult time".
"I would not just ask the racing community, but all Australians to continue to keep Carly-Mae's family and partner Tim Cook in their prayers and help."
TattsBet's Barrie Fletton encouraged all punters to get behind the fundraising.
"We (TattsBet) will also be accepting donations to the fund throughout our retail network nationally," Fletton said.
The details of fund are:
Bank of Qld. BSB: 124-001
Account No: 11 500 777
Account Name: Butler McDermott Lawyers Trust
Account Reference: Carly-Mae Pye Appeal.