The Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) 2014 Kensei draw took place on Saturday night with the Grafton District Services Club (GDSC) winning the naming rights to the Grafton Cup. Pictured (left to right) is CRJC treasurer Stephen Haines, GDSCP Garry Williams CRJC Chairmen Graeme Green and GDSC Manager Nathan Whiteside. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
The Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) 2014 Kensei draw took place on Saturday night with the Grafton District Services Club (GDSC) winning the naming rights to the Grafton Cup. Pictured (left to right) is CRJC treasurer Stephen Haines, GDSCP Garry Williams CRJC Chairmen Graeme Green and GDSC Manager Nathan Whiteside. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

GDSC claims second win in Kensei Club sponsorship draw

GRAFTON District Services Club is the major sponsor of the 2014 Grafton Cup after winning the Kensei Club draw at Clarence River Jockey Club on Saturday night.

Named after the 1987 Grafton Cup winner who went on to win the Melbourne Cup the same year, the Kensei Club gives local business owners the chance to sponsor Grafton's biggest race.

The 12 parties pay an entry fee before being going into the draw to see who wins the naming rights to the cup.

GDSC chief executive officer Garry Williams was elated to win Grafton Cup sponsorship for the second time in the Kensei Club's eighth year.

GDSC previously had naming rights to the 2009 Grafton Cup won by Castle Heights.

"To win it twice is pretty special," Williams said.

"We're community based and play an intricate part in July so it's a big thing to get the club's name out there."

As its biggest trading week of the year the GDSC feeds directly off the July Racing Carnival.

Williams praised the efforts of the CRJC since the arrival of executive officer Michael Beattie.

"It's turned around in the last couple of years and to be associated with them is something you really want to be in Grafton," Williams said.

"The cost to join the Kensei Club is a small investment for what we get out of it. With the amount of money you put in it, you get it back tenfold."

Every member of the Kensei Club took something away from the draw. Those who 'lost' still get to sponsor a race on Kensei Club Race Day.

Kensei Club newcomers Skybridge Financial won sponsorship of an entire TAB race meeting, Big River Timbers secured the popular corporate VIP area on Christmas Raceday and the 2014 Jacaranda Cup will be sponsored by PFD Food Services.



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