A GENEROUS donation to paraplegic former jockey Louise Cooper highlighted a great family race day at Naracoorte Racing Club on December 30.
A benefit auction and raffle held last year at the 2012 Limestone Coast Thoroughbred Racing awards luncheon in Penola raised over $21,000 for Mrs Cooper.
Limestone Coast Thoroughbred Racing president Jim May said the racing body asked Mrs Cooper how best they could use the money to aid her. The money was put towards a specially modified car which Mrs Cooper can operate through hand and voice.
"We wish Louise all the best for the future," Mr May said.
"We trust that this contribution will assist in her rehabilitation and quality of life in the future."
Mrs Cooper, after being hospitalised for eight months, is now home with her family.
She said she was appreciative of everyone who had helped fundraise and support her through her difficult times.
"I'd just like to say thank you," she told the gathered crowd.
On the track it was a successful day for Naracoorte trainers Sue Murphy and Sue Jaensch.
Murphy's Jessie Cango crossed the line first in race two, Equivocation was third in race four and Jolly Bel was second in race six.
Jaensch was all smiles with Delta Rho Sam coming out of barrier one in race one and comfortably taking the victory.
Race five yielded another win with Supa Cool Dude nudging home.
Amazingly, the last four races on the day were all photo finishes.
Around 500 people came through the gate for the day with family entertainment aimed to keep the kids happy.
Naracoorte Racing Club secretary Alan Taylor said the club was happy with the way the day panned out.
"It was definitely an improvement on last year's race day," he said.
The club is now preparing for the annual Naracoorte Cup on February 10.
Sue Murphy had another race success on January 2 when Bredlign was a runaway winner in the $10,000 Emmett Motors-John Deere St Mary's Marma Cup at Murtoa.