J C CAFFYN PLATE – INDIGENOUS DRIVERS SERIES
The award-winning “J C Caffyn Plate” Indigenous Drivers series was launched back in 2010.
Group One-winning local Indigenous trainer and driver Jimmy Brown approached John Dumesny (who was CEO of Club Menangle at the time) to put up an idea about running a race restricted to drivers of Aboriginal heritage. With the support of past Club Menangle Director and local businessman Michael Brown, the series was born.
Jimmy Brown has been one of the concept’s greatest allies and has become something of a figurehead for the Indigenous drivers.
The concept of the “J C Caffyn Plate” Indigenous drivers series has proven a winner across the board, now being a prominent fixture on the New South Wales Harness Racing calendar.
Beginning as a stand-alone invitational race in 2011, the series has progressed with heats this year to be run at Young, Parkes, and Newcastle. The much sought-after final will be held at Club Menangle on Saturday, 2 September 2023, on The TAB Eureka Race Night.
Since 2017 KARI, Australia’s largest Aboriginal foster care agency, has been the major sponsor of the series.
For more information or to be a part of this series, please contact Club Menangle General Manager of Racing Operations, Mr David Wonson- (02) 4645 2200