A generous owner has promised to donate a percentage of the prize money his horses win to help Craig Williams’ Ukraine after Flash Feeling’s win in Flemington.
Craig Williams’ fundraising in Ukraine got a big boost on Saturday with generous racehorse owners digging deep.
Flash Feeling’s win in Flemington alone brought in $7,000 in the fund, following a pledge from majority shareholder Marcus Jacobson.
Jacobson, who wore the colors of the Ukrainian flag on his lapel, will continue to donate 10 percent of the prize money won by his horses, including Flash Feeling, Amboone and Adir Star.
Jacobson, who raced horses with Williams’ father Alan more than a decade ago, complained about the “horrific” situation in Ukraine.
“Ten percent of everything (winning horses) he will get, not just today … as long as they need it,” Jacobson said.
“He’s such a gentleman Craig, on principle, he’s doing the right thing, so we have to get behind him and support them.”
Since the fund’s launch last month, Williams has raised more than $200,000 to purchase trauma kits for Ukrainian frontline soldiers.
The deluge of donations comes as prominent owner Ozzie Kheir pledged this week to double every donation made to Williams’ fund on Saturday.
“I was captivated by Craig and Larysa’s efforts… and wanted to help him achieve his goal, because they have put so much time and energy into helping the people of Ukraine,” Kheir said.
“I knew I would have some friends and race people who would be happy to see it cost me, it is a charity that is so happy to pay.
“I already told my wife that she might need to shop a little less in the coming year.”
DOULL BEATS CAREY
Doull had the better of Wayne Carey when the pair clashed on Saturday.
Named after Carlton champion Bruce Doull, the $1.2 million colt Doull made an impressive debut in the Next Generation Sprinters Heat (1100m) at Flemington.
Anthony and Sam Freedman trained Doull started as the $2.20 favorite and won easily, while Nothing Silly, part owned by North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey, took third.
Continuing the footy connection, Doull is part of the Victorian Alliance, a team of foals purchased by former Richmond board member Anthony Mithen, who runs the Rosemont Stud operation near Geelong.
“He’s only going to get better with the fitness and advantage of running,” said Doull’s jockey Jye McNeil.
“He definitely feels like he has class.”
ADELE WON’T GO OUT
Apprentice Alana Kelly threw race instructions aside as she drove Adele Amour to victory in the opening moto of the Leilani Series (1400m).
The son of trainer John Sadler and representative Tom said the plan for the race was for Kelly Adele Amour to help outrunners get her running on the straight.
However, circumstances forced Kelly to go against her instructions in the 200m.
Adele Amour justified Kelly’s decision as $3.90 favorite sprinted impressively to beat the $16 odds Tilianam.
“I just said, don’t go in with horses, just come out and take it easy,” Sadler said.
“She did the opposite, but she’s a great rider and she can do whatever she wants if she rides them that way.”
– additional reporting by Brad Waters
Originally published as Flemington: Winning owner Marcus Jacobson pledges fundraiser for Craig Williams in Ukraine