2019 TAB Country & Provincial Editors' Challenge

Four years back the inaugural TAB Country & Provincial Championships Editors' Challenge was launched and it became an instant hit with the media and public.

The Challenge was created due to the amazing amount of interest generated right around New South Wales and beyond during the first ever Country & Provincial Championships Series.

With the Series attracting such a widespread following right around NSW, relevant newspaper editors were invited to ‘support their local horses’ that were heading to Royal Randwick to do battle in the two Finals of the Country & Provincial sectors.

Above: TAB's Dylan Atkinson (left) presented a cheque to Fairfax's Chris Roots after the Illawarra Mercury won the $5000 in the Polytrack Provincial Championships Final

TAB registered its support for the Editors’ Challenge and now sponsors both the Country and Provincial Finals whereby the first and second horses home (first three in the Provincials) in each newspaper’s region, would then be running for the newspaper’s favourite charity in the Final.

Last year TAB generously gave $5000 to the each of the two Final winners, namely Victorem (Port Macquarie News) whose selected charity was Mackillop College Women's Legal Fund, and Serene Miss (Central Coast Express Advocate) with their $5000 cheque going to Shoebox Revolution.
 
TAB also announced it would give a further $500 to each charity should their runners not win either Final.

Bragging rights are now at stake in 2019 with participating newspapers and their readers cheering ‘their’ horse to land the Final, while two charities will benefit handsomely.

HONOUR ROLL (Country)

2018 - Port Macquarie News: VICTOREM (Mackillop College Women's Legal Fund)
2017 - Grafton Examiner: FREE STANDING (Westpac Rescue Helicopter)
2016 - Scone Advocate: CLEARLY INNOCENT (Aberdeen Men's Shed)
2015 - Muswellbrook Chronicle: ARTLEE (Cancer Council)

HONOUR ROLL (Provincial)

2018 - Central Coast Express Advocate: SERENE MISS (Shoebox Revolution) 
2017 - Illawarra Mercury: MARYORE (Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden)
2016 - Illawarra Mercury: DANISH TWIST (Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden)
2015 - Central Coast Express: SURE AND FAST (Central Coast Kids in Need Inc.)

2019 TAB COUNTRY EDITORS' CHALLENGE
Date Venue Winner & runner-up (TAB fixed odds for Final) Newspaper Charity
Sun 10 Feb Dubbo 1st-Westlink ($26) Dubbo Liberal Royal Flying Doctors Service Dubbo
    2nd-Sons of Bourke ($101) Dubbo Liberal Royal Flying Doctors Service Dubbo
Sun 17 Feb Port Macquarie 1st-Lucciola Belle ($15) Port Macquarie News Endeavour Clubhouse (Mental Health Recovery)
    2nd-Texas Storm ($51) Port Macquarie News Endeavour Clubhouse (Mental Health Recovery)
Sat 23 Feb Albury 1st-Bennelong Dancer ($11) Border Mail Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund
    2nd-Lady Mironton ($51) Border Mail Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund
Sat 2 March Goulburn 1st-Al Mah Haha ($11) Goulburn Post Ride for a Cure
    2nd-Bocelli ($15) Goulburn Post Ride for a Cure
Sun 3 March Mudgee 2nd-Noel's Gift ($51) Mudgee Guardian Mudgee Relay for Life
    4th-Ori on Fire ($26) Mudgee Guardian Mudgee Relay for Life
Sun 10 March Tamworth 1st-Unbiased ($15) Northern Daily Leader Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
    2nd-Tim's Principal ($26) Northern Daily Leader Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Sun 17 March Grafton 1st-La Scopa ($4.50) Grafton Examiner Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
    2nd-Queen of Kingston ($11) Grafton Examiner Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Sun 24 March Muswellbrook 1st-Noble Boy ($3 favourite) Muswellbrook Chronicle Denman District Heritage Village
    2nd-Safe Landing ($15) Muswellbrook Chronicle Denman District Heritage Village
Sat 6 April Royal Randwick 1st-xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

2019 TAB PROVINCIAL EDITORS' CHALLENGE
Date Venue Placegetters (TAB fixed odds for Final) Newspaper Charity
Sun 24 Feb Hawkesbury 1st-Safado ($6) Hawkesbury Gazette The Women's Cottage, Richmond
    2nd-Spring Charlie ($6) Hawkesbury Gazette The Women's Cottage, Richmond
    3rd-It's So Obvious ($26) Hawkesbury Gazette The Women's Cottage, Richmond
Sat 9 March Newcastle 1st-Archedmus ($4 favourite) Newcastle Herald Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
    2nd-Oakfield Missile ($26) Newcastle Herald Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
    3rd-Oakfield Twilight ($26) Newcastle Herald Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Thurs 21 March Gosford (run at Newcastle) 1st-Golden Tycoon ($8) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    2nd-Evalina ($8) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    3rd-Chalmers ($26) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
Sat 23 March Kembla Grange 1st-Miss Redoble ($26) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
    2nd-Bye See ($26) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
    3rd-Eugene's Pick ($15) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
Sat 30 March Wyong 1st-xxxxx Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    2nd-xxxxx Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    3rd-xxxxx Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
Sat 13 April Royal Randwick 1st-xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx