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Ballarat Courier’s Tim O’Connor ‘Taking a Punt’ for Charity at Burrumbeet

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tim-oconnorBallarat Courier sports journalist Tim O’Connor thought he was heading to the Burrumbeet Cup meeting on New Year’s Day to kick back and relax with some mates to bring in the new year.

That was until he received an offer too good to refuse, a chance to raise some money for the National Jockey’s Trust on 2015 Burrumbeet Cup day.

Tim writes a popular racing segment called ‘Taking A Punt‘ for the local Ballarat paper during major racing carnivals and the profits all go to charity.

So we thought we would take Tim out of relaxation mode and enlist his help in taking a punt on Burrumbeet Cup day to raise some money for a great cause, the National Jockey’s Trust. is giving Tim a total of $1,000 to bet with on all seven races on Burrumbeet Cup day, with all returns to be donated to the National Jockey’s Trust.

Tim’s 2015 Burrumbeet Cup Day Mission

No pressure on Tim, but this is his mission, now he has chosen to accept it.

On 2015 Burrumbeet Cup day on New Year’s Day, we will give Tim $1000 to punt with on each of the seven races at Burrumbeet.

For the first five races. Tim wil have $100 to place win, or small exotic bets on each race, while for the second last race, the Hcp, he will have $200.

To increase the pressure on Tim on the final race of the day, he will have $300 to bet with on the Burrumbeet Cup.

The bet amounts Tim has for each race is below.

  • Race 1 – $100
  • Race 2 – $100
  • Race 3 – $100
  • Race 4 – $100
  • Race 5 – $100
  • Race 6 – $200 ( Hcp)
  • Race 7 – $300 (Burrumbeet Cup)

All returns on the day will be donated to the National Jockey’s Trust.

As the Burrumbeet Cup is a non-TAB meeting, all tips, results, and moneys won (if any), will be placed on Twitter on the day via the Ballarat Courier’s @TrackBallarat user name, along with the #BurrumbeetCup hastag.

Tim will be ‘Taking A Punt’ for charity and is excited by the challenge ahead.

“Well I was looking forward to a relaxing day at Burrumbeet, like last year, but now I will be spending the next two days doing the form and the pressure is on,” Tim said.

“I had a good day on the punt last Burrumbeet Cup day, so hopefully I can find a few winners and raise as much money as possible on the day.”

“It’s for a great cause and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Jockeys put their life on the line every time they step out onto the track and the National Jockey’s Trust supports them through the hard times.

We wish Tim the best of luck in raising as much money as he can for such a worthy cause!

Follow Tim O’Connor on twitter at @chrissymonal and get behind him in his effort to raise funds for the people who make it happen, the jockeys!

Should Tim have a bad day on the punt, then all you jockeys know where to find him!

Visit the Ballarat Courier here for more on Tim’s ‘Taking A Punt’ effort in the coming days.

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