Cup compassion runneth over

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 07 Februari 2013 | 19.55

WHILE many punters pray for a winner, Father Laurie Moate will be asking his congregation to spare a thought for others when he delivers a special mass ahead of Sunday's 2013 Hobart Cup.

The pre-cup mass used to be a traditional event on Hobart's racing calendar and it's one Father Moate will revive on Saturday after an almost 20-year gap.

The service, starting at 6pm, will be held at the St John's Catholic Parish in Glenorchy.

Father Moate will offer prayers for all cup participants -- especially jockeys, who put their lives at risk every time they hop aboard a race horse.

A traditional Melbourne Cup mass has been celebrated for the past 54 years in the Victorian capital.

"It's a great way to get involved in the week-long festivities of the Hobart Cup and a perfect opportunity for people involved in the sport to gather together," Father Moate said of the resurrected cup eve mass.

"It's also a time to be mindful of what jockeys go through in their day-to-day life as they provide entertainment for many people who follow the sport.

"It's a time to pray for the safety of all involved in racing -- including the horses."

Father Moate has a keen eye for the horses and suggests that Fieldmaster (Michelle Payne) and Geegees Blackflash (Peter Mertens) will prove hard to beat in the cup on Sunday.

Payne and former jockey Kevin Ring are among many racing industry identities planning to attend Saturday's service.

A collection will be taken for the National Jockeys Trust, which raises money for riders and their families who may have fallen on hard times.


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