Teal Pants tops $6000

Two weeks in, and Harness Racing New Zealand's Teal Pants campaign has just topped $6000.

After a big opening week where $4400 was raised, another $1600 was added to the pot from February 6 - February 11, thanks to eight wins, including three from Sam Ottley.

Money is raised every time a female driver, in their distinctive teal pants, wins a race, with $100 donated to the cause by HRNZ and individual clubs.

In addition there are five drivers/ambassadors - Sarah O’Reilly, Kerryn Tomlinson, Kim Butt, Crystal Hackett and Neita Balle - and every time they win a race extra money will be raised through their individual sponsors.

For the first time, this year, two trainers Nicky Chilcott (North Island) and Amber Lethaby (South Island) are also involved.

Teal Pants is currently in its seventh year in this country. Raising awareness of ovarian cancer, and funds for research, the campaign kicked off on February 1 and will go through to March 15.

The next opportunities to add to the campaign will be at Manawatu (Tuesday and Thursday), Auckland and Alexandra Park on Friday and then Rangiora and Gore over the weekend.

Yesterday at the Amberley Trotting Club's Methven meeting there was also the second heat of the Frocks at the Trots fashion in the fields competition. The top three were June Youngman, Pauline Pattullo and Janet Bramham.

The top two contestants at each of four heats will qualify for the Grand Final at Addington on the final day of the Team Teal campaign on March 15.

Heat 3 will be held at the Gore Harness Racing Club on February 18, before Heat 4 at Cambridge on February 25.

For those wanting to take part outfits must incorporate teal and all entries must be aged 18 plus and officially register prior to each of the heats.

To confirm your place in any of the heats or for more details contact [email protected].

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