CRCJ stalwart honoured at race meet
THE sound of the horses thundering past and the excitement building in the voice of the race caller as the race draws to its end would have been regularly heard by Dale Thompson while he was the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC).
Last year however, Dale's time with his family, and the CRJC, was cut short on April 1, 2008, as he lost his battle with pancreatic islet cell tumour, a form of cancer that affects just one in a million people.
The CRJC has honoured Dale and all he did for Clarence racing during his time as CEO of the club by naming the Dale Thompson Remembrance Race in his honour.
In announcements prior to the race, Dale was described as a man who was friends with everyone, a great man and a man who never had a bad word spoken about him.
Dale's widow, Lisa, was pleased to see this very appropriate method of remembering her late husband.
“He would be pleased to see a 10 race program,” Lisa said with a laugh.
“Dale was very proud to be a part of the CRJC and I would like to thank them for honouring him in the most appropriate way possible.
“We are very humbled and pleased with the gesture because Dale really lived and loved Clarence racing.”
Lisa, her two children Jacob and Zoe, as well as their friends and family were at the race to offer support and to see the first running of the Dale Thompson Remembrance Race.
The race was run yesterday as race eight in a 10 race program and Miss Henrietta, ridden by Timothy Bell won the race.