A huge turnout expected
Fundraising sheep race sure to get the bets rolling in
Early indications point to 8000 people attending the Cromwell races on Sunday, says Otago Racing Club chief executive Andre Klein. The region’s seven race meetings are a mixture of gallops and trots. The final meeting is at Cromwell on March 2. ‘‘Sunday is looking like being the biggest [raceday] I’ve been involved with,’’ Mr Klein said. ‘‘I think it could be 30 to 40 percent bigger than last year.’’ About 4000 people were booked for marquees and the walk up crowd on Sunday should take racegoer attendance figures to 8000, Mr Klein said. Marquees on course total 109 compared to 68 at the corresponding meeting last year. The theme for Fashion on the Field is Holly Green, which follows last year’s Simply Red. Funds raised from a novelty event, the Cromwell Sheep Derby, will be given to the Stroke Foundation. About 22 sheep will run down the racetrack’s front straight chasing a utility truck dropping grain. Each sheep has been sponsored for $100 by a Central Otago business and the public are invited to buy a $2 ticket on their pick. Ticket sales and money from Derby sponsors will be given to the Stroke Foundation. Winning ticket holders go into a draw for prizes. Sunday’s horse racing programme will be made up of nine races, including two carrying stakes of $25,000. Southern Harness Racing’s marketing officer Lindsay Beer also predicts 8000 people at Central Otago’s main harness race at Omakau on January 2.
Sunday: Cromwell gallops
January 2: Omakau trots
January 3: Omakau gallops January 5: Roxburgh trots January 7: Cromwell trots February 28: Omakau gallops March 2: Cromwell gallops Race day: Otago Racing Club chief executive Andre Klein.