Kaiko¯ura on track for big race week­end

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The Kaiko¯ura Trot­ting Club’s two-day race meet is back this week­end and is ex­pected to be a big draw­card.

Last year was the first time the club had held a two-day meet­ing and, thanks to good weather and the long week­end in Marl­bor­ough, vis­i­tors flocked to the South Bay race track.

Event man­ager Geral­dine Stan­bury said the Week­end of Rac­ing on Sun­day and Mon­day could be the big­gest event Kaiko¯ura has seen for a while. There will be two days of ac­tion­packed har­ness rac­ing with a back­drop of rolling surf and snow­capped moun­tains.

‘‘It’s an event not missed,’’ she said.

‘‘The week­end rep­re­sents all that is unique about har­ness rac­ing with great horses, a great track and a great view.’’

Glam­our will also be back on the agenda with the Most Ap­pro­pri­ately Dressed com­pe­ti­tion.

The Pun­ters Club will again be on a roll. All ticket hold­ers go into a draw to win seven nights ac­com­mo­da­tion at The Penin­su­lar Re­sort in Mooloolaba.

Tra­di­tion­ally Sun­day is a fam­ily day and the six-race pro­gramme fea­tures ju­nior and am­a­teur driver races, with the first race start­ing at 2.52pm. En­try will be by gold coin do­na­tion with the

to be pro­ceeds go­ing to the May­oral Earth­quake fund.

On Mon­day spec­ta­tors need to be on the field by noon to see the first race set off at 12.09pm.

New sta­bles were put in over win­ter. There are now 22 new sta­bles with gates for overnight stays, how­ever, most horses are bil­leted out at lo­cal farms.

Marl­bor­ough have been good sup­port­ers in the past and the event usu­ally gets a few horses from the north.

This year will be a bit dif­fer­ent said Kaiko¯ura Trot­ting Club pres­i­dent Willy Weaver.

‘‘Be­cause the road is closed north to Pic­ton we don’t ex­pect to see quite the same crowd from Blen­heim.’’

There were 112 horses en­tered last year, how­ever, Weaver said en­tries don’t close off un­til a few days be­fore so it was hard to judge.

‘‘It’s quite a fast track at the mo­ment.

‘‘The wet weather would’ve made it a bit harder, and we’ve had the trac­tor on the track to con­di­tion it.’’

PHOTO: EMMA DANGERFIELD/ STUFF

Milissa Ward, win­ner of last year’s Rock­gas Most Ap­pro­pri­ately Dressed.

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