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The ATC and Australian Bloodstock have donated more than $33,000 towards brain cancer research.

The Australian Turf Club and Australian Bloodstock have banded together to donate more than $33,000 to the Mark Hughes Foundation for brain cancer research.

The $33,060 cheque was presented to the charity at Rosehill Gardens racecourse on Saturday by ATF chairman Laurie Macri.

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Mark Hughes accepted the donation in between two races named in honour of the cause – the Beanie for Brain Cancer Handicap and Mark Hughes Foundation Handicap – won by Invinzabeel and Test The World respectively.

The donation was raised from five per cent of net prize money earned by the Australian Bloodstock-owned Brave Smash, who represented the ATC when he came third in the $10 million Everest on October 14.

The Mark Hughes Foundation was formed by Mark and Kirralee Hughes after Mark, a former Newcastle rugby league player, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013.

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