Car dealer links with iconic race meeting
By TONY WHITE
BLACK Toyota have signed an agreement with the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) to sponsor the time honoured Ramornie Hcp (1200m) during the Grafton July Racing Carnival.
The three-year deal was settled this week.
Qantaslink, sponsors of the Ramornie Hcp for the past five years, will remain associated with the CRJC in other capacities.
Prizemoney for the prestigious Listed event, run on Wednesday, July 12, will remain at $125,000 this year. The Ramornie and CRJC's flagship event, the Grafton Cup, Thursday, July 12, are two of the best known and sought after races on the NSW country racing calendar.
In 2004 Black Toyota expanded its Queensland rural operations in Chinchilla, Dalby, Roma, Warwick and Oakey to take over the Toyota dealership in Grafton under manager, Danny Scott.
CRJC chairman Bob Pavitt said aligning with Black Toyota was "great news for the club.
"We are very pleased to form this partnership with Black Toyota who have been heavily involved and committed to our community since taking over Toyota in Grafton.
"This sponsorship further emphasises Black Toyota's interest and support of Grafton and the Clarence Valley."
Craig Black, Dealer Principal Black Toyota said: "We are proud to be involved in sponsorship in Grafton with the CRJC, especially of such a time honoured race as the Ramornie. The Ramornie Hcp is an icon of country racing and we see it as good business to align ourselves with another strong rural brand.
"We are also very proud of our commitment to the local communities in which we operate."
A special announcement of the partnership will be made at the Grafton TAB meeting tomorrow around 2.45pm.