A former English jumps jockey who won the 1981 Grand National and a battle with cancer in the same year will make a special appearance at this year’s Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival and the famous Oakbank Calcutta.
Bob Champion’s glorious racing career was so unique that in 1981 Champion and racing journalist Jonathan Powell wrote a book, titled ‘Champion’s Story: A Great Human Triumph,’ which was later made into the 1984 film, ‘Champions’ starring John Hurt.
Champion was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July 1979. He battled the disease throughout the height of his riding career going on to win the Grand National in 1981 on Aldaniti.
Thanks to the UBET, Champion will be attending the famous Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival on April 15 and 17 and will also be a special guest at the UBET 2017 Oakbank Calcutta at The Haus, Hahndorf.
Oakbank Racing Club Chairman Barney Gask said Champion would prove a drawcard for diehard racegoers.
Cancer Council SA has also been named the official charity partner for both events with part proceeds from both the Calcutta and associated luncheon to be donated to the cancer charity.
“The jumps racing fraternity and anyone with an interest in racing will have the chance to rub shoulders with one of the best jumps jockeys of our time,” Mr Gask said.
“Oakbank will also continue its long line of traditions, including camping near the track in the lead-up to the event, and the Melba’s Giant 10,000 Easter Egg hunt will continue at this year’s Carnival.
“There promises to be something for everyone at Oakbank this year, with a combination of jumps and flat racing on track while glamorous fashion and premium food and wine are enjoyed off-track.”
Following its recent announcement as the exclusive wagering partner of every race track in South Australia, UBET has further cemented its support for the state state’s racing industry by assisting the club with its plight to have Champion attend this year’s Carnival.
UBET 2017 Oakbank Champions Lunch and Calcutta
Where: The Haus, Hahndorf
When: Sunday 16 April
Cost: $45* per head which includes a Canapé lunch
Time: 12:30pm for 1pm Lunch followed by Calcutta at 3pm (Calcutta Free entry)
Who: John Letts to MC with Bob Champion as special guest
Bookings: Please contact Oakbank Racing Club
Ph: (08) 83884072
*Part proceeds go to event sponsor the Cancer Council