2018 TAB Country & Provincial Editors' Challenge

Three 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 the 2017 cheque to Fairfax's Chris Roots after the Illawarra Mercury won the $5000 for charity following Maryore'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.

This 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 were at stake in 2018 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.)

2018 TAB COUNTRY EDITORS' CHALLENGE
Date Venue Winner & runner-up (TAB fixed odds for Final) Newspaper Charity
Sat 18 Feb Port Macquarie 1st-Victorem ($6) Port Macquarie News Mackillop College Women's Legal Fund
    4th-Shelley Beach Road ($51) Port Macquarie News Mackillop College Women's Legal Fund
Sat 24 Feb Goulburn 2nd-Pumpkin Pie ($8.50) Goulburn Post Goulburn Legacy
    3rd-Acquittal ($15) Goulburn Post Goulburn Legacy
Sun 25 Feb Mudgee 1st-Cosmologist ($41) Mudgee Guardian Mudgee Relay for Life
    2nd-Noel's Gift ($101) Mudgee Guardian Mudgee Relay for Life
Sun 4 Mar Wagga Wagga 1st-O' So Hazy ($26) Wagga Advertiser Good Talk Mental Health
    2nd-Bennelong Dancer ($61) Wagga Advertiser Good Talk Mental Health
Sun 11 Mar Grafton 1st-Snitz ($6.50) Grafton Examiner Red Cross Blood Service
    2nd-Ferniehirst ($31) Grafton Examiner Red Cross Blood Service
Sun 18 Mar Scone 1st-Suncraze ($4.20 eq fav) Scone Advocate Where There's a Will
    2nd-Caerless Choice ($11) Scone Advocate Where There's a Will
Sun 25 Mar Dubbo 1st-Good Host ($101) Dubbo Liberal Clare's Angels
    2nd-Sea Lady ($81) Dubbo Liberal Clare's Angels 
Sun 26 Mar Muswellbrook 1st-Don't Give a Damn ($4.20 eq fav) Muswellbrook Chronicle Red Door Community Kitchen
    2nd-My Tagoson ($26) Muswellbrook Chronicle Red Door Community Kitchen
Sat 7 April Royal Randwick 1st-Victorem Port Macquarie News Mackillop College Women's Legal Fund

2018 TAB PROVINCIAL EDITORS' CHALLENGE
Date Venue Placegetters (TAB fixed odds for Final) Newspaper Charity
Sat 3 Mar Wyong 1st-Just Dreaming ($3.50 fav) Central Coast Express Shoebox Revolution
    2nd-Manhattan Mist ($6) Central Coast Express Shoebox Revolution
    3rd-Witches ($26) Central Coast Express Shoebox Revolution
Sat 10 Mar Hawkesbury 2nd-Plaisir ($15) Hawkesbury Gazette Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust
    3rd-Bastia ($26) Hawkesbury Gazette Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust
    4th-It's So Obvious ($51) Hawkesbury Gazette Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust
Sat 17 Mar Gosford 1st-Serene Miss ($8) Central Coast Express Shoebox Revolution
    2nd-Newsfan ($8) Central Coast Express Shoebox Revolution
    3rd-Can't Find Snippy ($51) Central Coast Express Shoebox Revolution
Sat 24 Mar Kembla Grange 1st-Mandylion ($15) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
    2nd-Old Man Sam ($51) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
    3rd-Tawfiq Boy ($26) Illawarra Mercury Friends of the Botanic Gardens
Sat 31 Mar Newcastle 1st-Princess Posh ($15) Newcastle Herald Buy a Bale (Rural Aid)
    2nd-Bon Amis ($9) Newcastle Herald Buy a Bale (Rural Aid)
    3rd-Kool Vinnie ($51) Newcastle Herald Buy a Bale (Rural Aid)
Sat 14 April Royal Randwick 1st-Serene Miss Central Coast Express Shoebox Revolution