Elec­tronic bands to be used at Christ­mas races

The Invercargill Eye - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - JAMIE SEARLE

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.’’

MY FOOD BAG

Serve re­main­ing chorizo stuff­ing on the side of ku­mara pocket.

JOHN HAWKINS/STUFF

South­land Rac­ing Club events man­ager An­drea Thomas and pres­i­dent Sean Bellew with sam­ples of the elec­tronic wrist­bands and cards.

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