A huge turnout ex­pected

Fundrais­ing sheep race sure to get the bets rolling in

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By JAMIE SEARLE

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.

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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.

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