2017 TAB Country & Provincial Editors' Challenge

In 2015 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 Glenn Munsie presents the cheque to Fairfax's Chris Roots after the Illawarra Mercury won the $5000 for charity following Danish Twist's Provincial Championships Final win

TAB registered its support for the Editors’ Challenge and sponsored 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 Clearly Innocent (Scone Advocate) whose selected charity was Aberdeen Men's Shed, and Danish Twist (Illawarra Mercury) with their $5000 cheque going to Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden.
 
TAB also announced it would give a further $500 to each charity should their runners not win either Final.

Bragging rights will once again be at stake in 2017 with participating newspapers and their readers cheering ‘their’ horse to land the Final, while two charities will benefit handsomely.

HONOUR ROLL (Country)

2016 - Scone Advocate - CLEARLY INNOCENT (Aberdeen Men's Shed)
2015 - Muswellbrook Chronicle - ARTLEE (Cancer Council)

HONOUR ROLL (Provincial)

2016 - Illawarra Mercury - DANISH TWIST (Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden)
2015 - Central Coast Express - SURE AND FAST (Central Coast Kids in Need Inc.)

2017 TAB COUNTRY EDITORS' CHALLENGE
Date Venue Winner & runner-up (TAB fixed odds for Final) Newspaper Charity
Sat 12 Feb Grafton 1st-Perfect Dare ($3.50 fav) Grafton Examiner Westpac Rescue Helicopter
    2nd-Free Standing ($51) Grafton Examiner Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Sat 18 Feb Goulburn 1st-Pumpkin Pie ($4.60) Goulburn Post Rural Fire Service / State Emergency Service
    2nd-Steel Frost ($15) Goulburn Post Rural Fire Service / State Emergency Service
Sun 19 Feb Dubbo 1st-Stoneyrise ($26) Dubbo Liberal Rotary Club of Dubbo
    2nd-Not For Export ($101) Dubbo Liberal Rotary Club of Dubbo
Sun 26 Feb Taree 1st-Cogliere ($11) Manning River Times Can Assist Manning Valley
    2nd-Shotgun Roulette  ($15) Manning River Times Can Assist Manning Valley
Sun 5 Mar Scone 1st-Caerless Choice ($11) Scone Advocate Where There's A Will Foundation
    2nd-Nic's Vendetta ($15) Scone Advocate Where There's A Will Foundation
Sun 12 Mar Wellington 1st-Distinctive Look ($15) Wellington Times Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services Inc
    2nd-Galaxy Warrior ($15) Wellington Times Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services Inc
Sun 19 Mar Albury 1st-Lautaro ($26) Border Mail Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund 
    2nd-Forever Newyork ($51) Border Mail Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund 
Sun 26 Mar Scone 1st-Pelerin ($15) Muswellbrook Chronicle Red Door Community Kitchen
    2nd-After All That ($15) Muswellbrook Chronicle Red Door Community Kitchen
Sat 1 April Royal Randwick 1st-Free Standing Grafton Examiner Westpac Rescue Helicopter

2017 TAB PROVINCIAL EDITORS' CHALLENGE
Date Venue Placegetters (TAB fixed odds for Final) Newspaper Charity
Thur 23 Feb Wyong 1st-Noble Joey ($7) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    2nd-Better Not Blue ($7) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    3rd-Princess Posh ($7) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
Thurs 2 Mar Hawkesbury 1st-Shazee Lee ($15) Hawkesbury Gazette Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust
    2nd-Budderoo Knight ($21) Hawkesbury Gazette Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust
    3rd-Reiby Rampart ($21) Hawkesbury Gazette Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust
Weds 15 Mar Gosford 1st-Pomelo ($4.60 fav) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    2nd-Heavenly Anna ($21) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
    3rd-Dream Lane ($11) Central Coast Express Coast Shelter
Thur 23 Mar Kembla Grange 1st-Maryore ($21) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
    2nd-Ziganui ($21) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
    3rd-Virgilio ($35) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
Weds 29 Mar Newcastle 1st-Clevedon Bay ($9.50) Newcastle Herald Mark Hughes Foundation / Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance
    2nd-Calabasas ($12) Newcastle Herald Mark Hughes Foundation / Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance
    3rd-Pacific Reign ($81) Newcastle Herald Mark Hughes Foundation / Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance
Sat 8 April Royal Randwick 1st-Maryore Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens

Rotary Club of Dubbo