Racing to cure MND – Schweida, Maclean and Flanigan join forces
Jun 21, 2019
A long standing love of horse racing, and a driving goal to help cure motor neurone disease (MND), has driven Jeff Maclean and Shaun Flanigan, owners of some of the more notable colts including Top Marc, Shogun Sun and Better than Ready, to use racing to raise funds to fight MND.
For over 10 years, Jeff and Shaun have organised the Ross Maclean Race Day, which, this year, is being held at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday 24 August to help to continue to fund ground-breaking research into MND.
As the major metropolitan meet, the race day will be a popular choice for both racing enthusiasts and those who are committed to seeing an end to MND.
Before Jeff’s father, Ross, passed away in 2005 he was instrumental in establishing a fellowship to research MND at UQ’s Queensland Brian Institute. Although Ross knew there was little chance he would benefit from new research into MND, that didn’t stop the Index Group Founder from concentrating his efforts, during his final years, to establish a fellowship to fight this most debilitating disease.
This unique fellowship is one of the few research positions in Australia dedicated to fundamental research of the underlying neurological factors behind motor neuron disease.
The Ross Maclean Race Day is open to all members of the racing community, who love a day at the races, and includes gourmet food and drinks package, along with auctions, raffle prizes, Fashions on the Field and horse racing action. Jeff and Shaun would love to see many of Kelly’s owners and supporters who normally attend the races, present at their function.
The Race Day is strongly supported by Jeff and Shaun’s long-term trainer, Kelly Schweida, who has been a great advocate for their MND fundraising over the years.
Tickets are $210 or $2100 for a table of 10. For more details or to book go to