Week­end of rac­ing an­other suc­cess

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - SPORT - PIPPA BROWN

‘‘The track was run­ning re­ally fast with great con­di­tions. We are very pleased with the turnout given the cir­cum­stances.’’

The Kaiko¯ura Week­end of Rac­ing got off to a foggy start on Sun­day, but the cloud soon cleared for Kaiko¯ura Fam­ily Day.

With a short­age of ac­com­mo­da­tion in town there were a lot more mo­torhomes parked up at South Bay Race­course this year.

Af­ter a qui­eter day on Sun­day the crowds rolled in for the Alabar Kaiko¯ura Cup Day on Mon­day to see some great har­ness rac­ing un­der beau­ti­ful clear skies.

Kaiko¯ura Trot­ting Club sec­re­tary Geral­dine Stan­bury said although gate sales were down 15 per cent there were al­most 4000 vis­i­tors on the course on Mon­day.

‘‘The track was run­ning re­ally fast with great con­di­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘We are very pleased with the turnout given the cir­cum­stances.

‘‘It just shows how iconic this race meet­ing is.’’

Sharon Neal, who with her hus­band Mike, spon­sored first prize for the Most Ap­pro­pri­ate Race­day At­tire fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion, said the lower num­bers were to be ex­pected given peo­ple from Blen­heim peo­ple weren’t able to come with SH1 north closed.

‘‘We’ve been well sup­ported by Christchurch and all the peo­ple south,’’ she said.

The Most Ap­pro­pri­ate Race­day At­tire fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion was won by An­nie Ash­ford from Par­nas­sus. Run­ner-up was Chari-lee Swan­son from Kaiko¯ura and Pauline Pat­tullo, from Akaroa, was third.

Sharon, who helped select the win­ner said she knew as soon as Ash­ford walked in she looked the part. ‘‘She looked re­ally good, she was lovely - ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful.’’

Peo­ple came from all over, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia. Robin and Ge­off Stan­field and Peter McKay, from Mar­burg in Queens­land, had been plan­ning the trip for a year, af­ter be­ing tipped off by a friend.

‘‘They said if there’s any­thing you must do once in your life time if you’re a trot­ting per­son you must go to Kaiko¯ura ... And then we watched the races on tele­vi­sion last year and from that day we started plan­ning and saving,’’ said Robin.

Robin thought Kaiko¯ura’s beauty was unique with the way the snow-capped moun­tains met the sea. ‘‘I don’t think I’ve been any­where more beau­ti­ful ... You have the ocean meet­ing the moun­tains and the snow on the moun­tains, the race track is right on the ocean with the moun­tains in the back­ground,’’ she said.


Geral­dine Stan­bury, sec­re­tary Race 7 Ma­jes­tic Son South Bay Trot­ters Cup first place num­ber 5 Bordeaux driven by Dex­ter Dunn.

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