Hawke’s Bay Racing to honour Sir Colin Meads

We are only days away from the Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday in Hawke’s Bay and the racing club will be paying special tribute to the late Sir Colin Meads, who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last week.

Race five on the card will be known as the El Roca Sir Colin Meads Trophy, in honour of the number the great man wore in many of his tests for the All Blacks.

“Sophie’s Choice’ - a filly Sir Colin part owned with his wife Lady Verna will wear the number 5 saddle cloth. She will also carry the Cancer Society colours,” says Hawke’s Bay Racing CEO Andrew Castles.

Sir Colin and Lady Verna Meads had a love of racing and owned several horses over the years. They were part owners of Ruud Awakening - Champion two year old and 2013 winner of New Zealand’s richest race - the Karaka Million.

“Sir Colin was not only a legendary All Black but also an amazing New Zealander. He and Lady Verna became great supporters of racing later in life and it is a privilege to be able to honour him” says Castles.

Now in it’s fourth year the Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday is a fundraiser for the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society. All of the gate donation fees, along with proceeds from a charity auction, and other generous parties, will support this great charity that's touched the lives of many families in the Hawke's Bay.

This day is also renowned for it’s fantastic family entertainment. There will be loads of free activities in the Hits Family Fun Zone - competitions, prizes, face painting, bouncy castle and pony club dash. Kids can test their rugby skills with The Magpies and there will be a Gourmet Spring BBQ lamb and live music for Mum and Dad.

For more information, visit www.daffodilraceday.co.nz

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