A dabble for Dad at Boxing Day Races
RACING: Hector Hockings was a punter who loved a little dabble every Saturday - now he is being remembered each year with a memorial race at Allman Park.
On Monday, one of the seven races will be the Hector Hockings Memorial Race.
Two years ago, Hector passed away at age 75 after being a regular at Warwick Turf Club meetings for many years.
His wife, Pam, said her husband loved the races.
"Our youngest son, Paul, would go through the fields with his father leading up to the weekend,” Pam said.
"And every time we travelled to South Australia to see our older son, David, and his family, we would all go to the races at Morphettville or Murray Bridge.”
She said her sons fondly remember their father studying the race form.
"When the boys were little, we would go to the races when we were on holidays at Ballina,” she said.
It was Paul and David's idea to host the memorial race which was first held last December.
Last year, there was more than 20 in the Hockings family group at the race meeting.
"They had such a good time last year, they wanted to sponsor a race again this year,” Pam said.
"As Hector's race started and a storm hit the course last year, the boys said Hector was up top voicing his opinion about not being able to go to the races.
"We were happy with last year's race in memory of Hector and I hope we will keep sponsoring a race each year.
"It is great the race is on Boxing Day.”
Anyone heading to the track on Monday is encouraged to raise their scotch glasses during race five to remember the loving family man that was Hector Hockings.