Emotions running high as single mum nets A$250,000 in All-Star Mile
Australia: Tears were flowing in Melbourne’s Central Business District after Regal Power’s victory in the $A5 million All-Star Mile at Caulfield on Saturday.
This innovative event, in which the majority of the field is selected by public vote, was held behind closed doors owing to coronavirus precautions, which meant that the 15 designated ‘owner ambassadors’ watched the race offsite.
First prize of A$250,000 (£125,000) went to 28-year-old Tegan Abercrombie as owner ambassador for Regal Power, who led home a one-two from stablemate Superstorm for Western Australian training partnership Grant and Alana Williams.
“It feels like a dream – I’m speechless,” said Tegan. “I started losing my voice I was cheering that much. I can’t believe it.”
Ms Abercrombie won a competition run by Southern Cross Austereo to represent Regal Power and she was duly presented with a cheque for A$250,000 by Racing Victoria’s executive general manager Greg Carpenter.
“This means so much to me,” she added. “I’ve been so down in the dumps. I was on the verge of losing my house and being a single mum as well, it just did not help but now, I can buy a house and a car and take my four-year-old son Tyler on the holiday of a lifetime.
“It’s unbelievable, I’m still shaking and I’m sure I’ll wake up with a sore head but a big smile on my face.”