Team Teal is off and running for another year, and Bankstown Paceway is ready to paint the town Teal this Friday at their Valentine’s Raceday.
The campaign which spans from February through to mid-March aims to raise much-needed funds for Ovarian Cancer Research. For each winner driven by a reinswoman throughout the period, $400 is donated by Tabcorp in conjunction with Harness Racing NSW.
Past campaign ambassador Ellen Rixon is one of the many female participants racing this Friday at Bankstown and is excited to be wearing the Teal pants again. “It’s great to see Harness Racing getting behind the cause.” Rixon said.
“When you can get a winner or two throughout the period it feels pretty special because every bit counts.”
With three drives at the meeting, Ellen previews her best chance as being Timely Sovereign. A seven-year-old gelding by Lombo Pocket Watch, trained by her father, Peter Rixon.
“He has had two starts on the track and ran good races on both occasions. Last time I drove him there it was wet, and he didn’t necessarily like that, but he did enjoy racing around Bankstown.”
“We have drawn barrier three this week, so hopefully he can run well for the family.”
In race three Ellen also partners Pride Of Flight for Michael Watkins and in the following race jumps onboard Queensland visitor Photozen trained by Anna Woodmansey.
“It’s always good to be given outside opportunities, and I am just grateful each time I get to take the reins.” Rixon said.
“I recently started studying as a beauty therapist at college and working as a bartender, so I love being able to come back and drive the horses.”
“Hopefully, in the future, I will be able to train a team of horses on the side; that is my long-term goal.”
The first race kicks off from Bankstown at 3.43 p.m. with an action-packed afternoon of six races celebrating Team Teal.
The Tea Room on course will also be donating all collections received to the campaign.