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Winx memorabilia the star attraction at benefit night for the family of jockey Darren Jones

SUPER mare Winx makes a return to the track in Saturday’s Warwick Stakes at Randwick but she will also be a star attraction at next week’s Darren Jones Family Appeal in Tamworth.

Hugh Bowman, regular rider of the mare who has won 16 straight including the past two Cox Plates on the mare, is one of the guest speakers at a special night to aid the family of Tamworth jockey Darren Jones.

Jones, 48, died from injuries received in a race fall at Warialda in April.

The Tamworth Jockey Club has organised the special charity night to raise money for his widow, Sheridan and their two boys, on Thursday, August 24.

It starts 6pm and costs $50 a head with children free and an auction containing many fine items including a number of Winx-related memorabilia.

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Jockey Darren Jones salutes yet another winner. The popular rider was killed in a race fall at Warialda earlier this year (Image Copyright Bill Poulos).

Bowman, who rekindles his brilliant partnership with Winx on Saturday in her return to racing, is joined by former top jockey Malcolm Johnston for the night with Sky Racing’s Greg Radley the emcee and auctioneer.

It will be a busy night for Radley with more than 50 items to auction including a number of Winx items including a beautiful canvas photograph to be signed by Bowman (Lot 2), an original Winx painting by Kristin Hardman (Lot 3), Winx racing colours signed by Hugh Bowman, Chris Waller, Debra Kepitis and Richard Treweeke (Lot 18) and a special framed and signed Winx photograph as part of a Pub Group package including two cartons of Wold Blass wine and Grandfather Port.

The Pub Group’s Craig Power said that wine, port and Winx package was worth around $800.

“We wanted to show our support of Sheridan and the two boys,” Craig Power said.

“I have known Darren and Sheridan for many years. Darren used to ride track work on some of the horses my dad raced. It’s very sad and any support we can provide we will.”

Tamworth Jockey Club general manager Kay Jeffrey said many auction items and packages have been donated to the night with the likes of all the Winx memorabilia as well as Black Caviar, Phar Lap, Makybe Diva and So You Think items.

“We have a heap of stallion nominations,” she said.

“There is a bottle of Grange, and a Wyong race package has just come in.”

There are also packages to Scone, Coolmore Stud, the Magic Millions and even a package to The Everest on October 14.

“We have some boxing gloves from Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu and a signed NSW State of Origin jumper.”

The club had 65 lots as of this morning for emcee Greg Radley to auction on a night where the Hunter and North West Racing Association premierships for the just-concluded season will also be awarded.

It all starts 6pm next Thursday (August 24) in what will be a big week for racing with the Gunnedah Cup on Monday and then Winx making her return to racing at Randwick on the Saturday.

Words: Geoff Newling

Image: Bill Poulos