The chase for charity will be on again at Tara Raceway this Sunday when the Tara Tipsters Free For All (512 metres) concludes what has been another eventful four months of greyhound tipping by the self-proclaimed experts.
The tipsters, men and women alike, are race day regulars at the Mount Gambier Thursday and Sunday afternoon greyhound meetings. However, their ability to select winners often varies considerably from week to week.
This is a “bragging rights only” competition, though. A not for profit exercise that sees 15-odd contestants each meeting stuff a few dollars through a slot cut into the tin lid that is screwed onto a sizeable old gherkin jar.
They’re a professional lot, these Tara Tipsters.
There is one winner, of course. And that’s the charity of choice they have chosen to donate to. On Sunday, representatives of the Visually Impaired Club of Mount Gambier will be on course to receive a cheque from the Tara Tipsters.
At its peak the Visually Impaired Club had an estimated 60-plus members. But numbers have declined over the years, a small committed group of women still fundraising to support visually-impaired residents across the region.
Two of the group are Joy Axleby and Kathy Golder who have been recognised for more than 40 years of volunteer service as key members of the club.
Ms Axleby is recuperating after a recent fall however Ms Golder will represent the Visually Impaired Club of Mount Gambier at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
The race itself should be a keenly-contested affair after Lee Bartholomew’s Dick Grayson and David Peckham’s Midnight Daisy fought out last Sunday’s Mixed Stake. Both have drawn well on Sunday in boxes eight and one respectively.
Midnight Daisy is part-owned by Kevin “KD” Douglas, who is one of the Tara Tipsters.