A generous owner has pledged to donate a percentage of the prize money his horses earn to help Craig Williams’ efforts in Ukraine following Flash Feeling’s win at Flemington.
Craig Williams’ fundraising efforts in Ukraine received a major boost on Saturday with generous racehorse owners digging deep.
Flash Feeling’s latest win at Flemington alone tipped $7,000 into the fund, following a pledge from majority owner Marcus Jacobson.
Jacobson, who sported the colors of the Ukrainian flag on his lapel, will continue to donate 10% of any prizes his horses, including Flash Feeling, Amboone and Adir Star, win.
Jacobson, who raced horses with Williams’ father Alan more than a decade ago, lamented the “awful” situation in Ukraine.
“Ten percent of everything (the horses win) he’ll get, not just today…as long as they need it,” Jacobson said.
“He’s such a gentleman Craig, with principles, he does the right thing, so we should support him and support him.”
Since launching the fund last month, Williams has raised more than $200,000 to purchase trauma kits for frontline Ukrainian soldiers.
The outpouring of donations comes as prominent owner Ozzie Kheir pledged this week to match every donation made Saturday to the Williams fund.
“I was blown away by Craig and Larysa’s efforts…and wanted to help him achieve his goal because they have dedicated so much time and energy to helping the people of Ukraine,” Kheir said.
“I knew I would have friends and racing people who would really like it to cost me, it’s a good cause so happy to pay.
“I’ve already told my wife she might have to cut back on her purchases for the year.”
DOULL BAT CAREY
Doull got the better of Wayne Carey when the pair faced off on Saturday.
The $1.2million colt Doull, named after Carlton champion Bruce Doull, made an impressive debut in the Next Generation Sprinters Heat (1100m) at Flemington.
Doull, trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman, started as $2.20 favorite and won easily while Nothing Silly, part-owned by North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey, finished third.
Continuing the footy connection, Doull is part of the Victorian Alliance, a team of colts bought by former Richmond board member Anthony Mithen, who runs the Rosemont Stud operation near Geelong.
“He will only get better with the fitness and the benefit of having a race,” said Doull jockey Jye McNeil.
“He certainly feels like he has class.”
ADELE IS NOT GOING OUT
Apprentice Alana Kelly threw pre-race instructions aside as she rode Adele Amour to victory in the opening round of the Leilani Series (1400m).
Coach John Sadler’s son and representative, Tom, said the pre-race plan was for Kelly to help Adele Amour’s outside runners get her running down the straight.
However, circumstances force Kelly to go against his instructions in the 200m.
Adele Amour vindicated Kelly’s decision as the $3.90 favorite sprinted impressively to beat Tilianam’s $16 chance.
“I just said don’t go inside the horses, just get out and be quiet,” Sadler said.
“She’s done the complete opposite but she’s a great rider and she can do whatever she wants when she rides them that way.”
– additional reporting by Brad Waters
Originally published as Flemington: Winning owner Marcus Jacobson pledges to fundraiser for Craig Williams in Ukraine