Dar­gav­ille’s race meet canned

The Bay Chronicle - - OUT & ABOUT - AN­NETTE LAMBLY

Dar­gav­ille’s an­nual race meet­ing has been can­celled due to ad­verse track con­di­tions.

Dar­gav­ille Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent Tim An­to­nio says last week New Zealand Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing venue in­spec­tor, Garry Fos­kett, and stipen­di­ary stew­ard Alan Coles de­cided the track was un­suit­able to race on.

The sil­ver lin­ing how­ever is the can­cel­la­tion is far enough out from the race meet­ing - a pop­u­lar event which draws pun­ters from around Auck­land and the wider re­gion - so it will not cause too much dis­rup­tion to own­ers, train­ers or race go­ers.

To mit­i­gate the ef­fect the Whangarei Rac­ing Club has picked up the day and will hold races at Ruakaka on Novem­ber 17.

‘‘The drainage re­pairs on the track have been suc­cess­ful, but the grass growth in­con­sis­tent so it’s a bit light over the re­paired sec­tion,’’ An­to­nio says.

‘‘In ad­di­tion there are other parts of the track that are also too wet and will likely cut up if raced on. It was con­sid­ered with the cur­rent weather con­di­tions the track is un­likely to im­prove suf­fi­ciently to be up to rac­ing stan­dard by race date.’’

The truck and pub­lic car park­ing ar­eas are also ex­tremely wet and could cause ad­di­tional prob­lems on the day.

‘‘The track will ben­e­fit from hav­ing the time to come up to full stan­dard,’’ An­to­nio says.

New­bees Preschool in Kerik­eri got a boost to­ward Healthy Heart ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Heart Foun­da­tion thanks to the Count­down Kerik­eri team. The cen­tre is fo­cused on pro­mot­ing healthy eat­ing and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Count­down reg­u­larly drops off free fruit and helps ed­u­cate chil­dren about healthy eat­ing. Pic­tured are Count­down Kerik­eri cham­pion Anna-Lee Tasker with her daugh­ter Jemima, Count­down Kerik­eri store man­ager Wayne Baatjies, and New­bees cook Josie Han­cock with her son Blake.

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