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Racing To Proceed At Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island has been decimated by bushfire, but the race club told racing.com, they are continuing with their annual race meetings. Kangaroo Island hosts three race meetings each year, held during January and February. The first of those fixtures is a Non-TAB meeting on Saturday, January 25 followed by their two-day Cup carnival which has TAB status on February 20 and February 22. "All net profits raised from our three race meetings will be donated by the Club to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief & Recovery Bushfire Fund," said Kangaroo Island Racing Club secretary Greg Miller. "It has been an extremely difficult time, the Island has suffered greatly with immense losses including two lives." The Club has already played an active role in assistance with the fires with the racetrack acting as a refuge to livestock for those in need over the past fortnight. Kangaroo Island has earned the reputation as one of South Australia's best holiday destinations. The Island now needs support and the racing industry is about to be provided with its opportunity by getting behind the three up coming race dates. Transport to the Island on the Sealink ferry running from Cape Jervis on the mainland to Penneshaw is free for horses, trainers, strappers and jockeys. The Arthur Daw Memorial Trainer Challenge is on again spanning the three meetings collectively on a points system. First prize is $4,000 cash, with a $1,000 for second and $500 for third. There is also a $1000 reward for the leading jockey over the three meetings, also determined by points. "We have heard of countless cancellations of visitors to the Island so we need to turn that around quickly," Miller said. "Hopefully our Cup week can play a role in reinvigorating the tourism dollar."