Flemington: Winning owner Marcus Jacobson makes pledge to Craig Williams’ Ukraine fundraiser

A generous owner has promised to donate a percentage of prizemoney his horses win to help Craig Williams’ Ukraine efforts following the victory of Flash Feeling at Flemington.

Craig Williams’s Ukraine fundraising endeavors got a major boost on Saturday with generous racehorse owners digging deep.

Flash Feeling’s last stride win at Flemington alone tipped $7000 into the fund, following a pledge from majority owner Marcus Jacobson.

Jacobson, who sported the colors of the Ukrainian flag on his lapel, will continue to donate 10 per cent of any prizemoney his horses, including Flash Feeling, Amboone and Adir Star, win.

Jacobson, who raced horses with Williams’s father Alan more than a decade ago, lamented the “horrific” situation in Ukraine.

“Ten per cent of everything (horses win) he’ll get, not just today … as long as they need it,” Jacobson said.

“He’s such a gentleman Craig, principled, he’s doing the right thing so we should get behind him and support them.”

Since launching the fund last month, Williams has raised more than $200,000 to go towards the purchase of trauma kits for frontline Ukrainian soldiers.

The outpouring of donations comes as prominent owner Ozzie Kheir this week pledged to match every donation made on Saturday to Williams’s fund.

“I was taken by Craig and Larysa’s efforts … and wanted to help him to hit his target as they have put so much time and energy to help the people of Ukraine,” Kheir said.

“I knew I would have some friends and racing people that would really like to see it cost me, it’s a good cause so happy to pay.

“Already told my wife she might have to ease up on any shopping for the year.”


Doull had the better of Wayne Carey when the pair clashed on Saturday.

The $1.2m colt Doull, named after the Carlton champion Bruce Doull, made an impressive debut in the Next Generation Sprinters Heat (1100m) at Flemington.

The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Doull started as the $2.20 favorite and won easily while Nothing Silly, part-owned by North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey, was third.

Continuing the footy connection, Doull is part of the Victorian Alliance, a team of colts bought by former Richmond board member Anthony Mithen, who runs the Rosemont Stud operation near Geelong.

“He’s only going to get better with the fitness and the benefit of having a run,” Doull’s jockey Jye McNeil said.

“He certainly feels like he has class.”


Apprentice Alana Kelly threw the pre-race instructions aside as she drove Adele Amour to victory in the opening heat of the Leilani Series (1400m).

Trainer John Sadler’s son and representative Tom said the pre-race plan was for Kelly to ease Adele Amour outside runners to make her run in the straight.

However, circumstances forced Kelly to go against her instructions at the 200m.

Adele Amour justified Kelly’s decision as the $3.90 favorite sprinted impressively to run down the $16 chance Tilianam.

“I just said don’t go inside horses, just come outside and keep it easy,” Sadler said.

“She did completely the opposite but she’s a great rider and she can do whatever she wants when she rides them that way.”

– additional reporting by Brad Waters

Originally published as Flemington: Winning owner Marcus Jacobson makes pledge to Craig Williams’ Ukraine fundraiser

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