Electronic bands to be used at Christmas races
An electronic wristband, credited with funds, will be the only means for people to gain admission to the track and to buy food and alcohol at Christmas at the Races this year.
Southland Racing Club president Sean Bellew says the use of the wristbands is a major technological step for the racing industry.
The wristband has been introduced to make buying food and alcohol easier for people.
Most of the racegoers at Christmas at the Races are under 40 and a lot of them don’t carry cash, Bellew said.
‘‘We’ve found the demographic of young people is that they trade in plastic [Eftpos cards].’’
Using wristbands should speed up people getting served and reduce queuing numbers by 60 per cent, Bellew said.
People in charge of groups in marquees will also have an electronic card to buy alcohol.
Waikato company Awop is providing the wristbands and will have staff at the race meeting. The Awop wristbands have been used at beer and music festivals, Bellew said.
People wanting to attend Christmas at the Races have to buy an admission or raceday package online at Gallop South’s website - www.gallopsouth.co.nz. - and then they will be sent the wristbands with operating details.
The wristband can be purchased online, pre-loaded with money, or cooking and chorizo is crisp, remove tray from oven. Thinly slice chorizo and garlic (remove skin) and add to bowl with vegetables, along with lemon zest and juice. Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cut kumara in half lengthways, but not all the way through. Use a spoon to gently open kumara and fill with chorizo stuffing ingredients. Return to oven for about 2 minutes, until filling is warmed through. To serve, place Spanish kumara pocket with chorizo onto a plate and dollop with chipotle sour cream. Serve any remaining chorizo stuffing on the side. topped up with Eftpos cards at booths and kiosks on course.
Wristbands will be sighted when racegoers enter the course and scanned each time they buy food and alcohol.
Racegoers with money on wristbands after the last race can have funds transferred into their bank accounts by logging onto the Gallop South website for instructions.
‘‘They will have a month to claim their money,’’ Bellew said.
The administrator said a variety of off-track entertainment would be available to racegoers. A giant television will be attached to the back of the main grandstand for people who have no view of the race track.
Bellew wants this year’s Christmas at the Races to be the best ever.
‘‘When you walk onto the course, you’ll have an eye-popping experience.’’
Serve remaining chorizo stuffing on the side of kumara pocket.
Southland Racing Club events manager Andrea Thomas and president Sean Bellew with samples of the electronic wristbands and cards.