Clock tower in­spires race week tro­phy

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - JA­NINE RANKIN

The Gold Cup rac­ing fes­ti­val in Palmer­ston North has been en­hanced with the gift of four 17kg tro­phies in stain­less steel and glass mod­elled on the clock tower in The Square.

Ka­mada Park horse stud owner Kevin Pratt com­mis­sioned the $20,000-apiece tro­phies for the win­ners of thor­ough­bred, har­ness and grey­hound rac­ing, and one for the city.

De­signed by Christchurch en­gi­neer Todd Ja­cobs, the model of the tower is crafted to scale from pol­ished stain­less steel and dichroic glass that changes colour as the viewer moves around it.

Mayor Grant Smith re­ceived the city’s tro­phy on Wed­nes­day, and said it would be dis­played in the coun­cil build­ing where the pub­lic would be able to see and en­joy it.

The Nor­wood Gold Cup Fes­ti­val kicks off on Wed­nes­day with a free pub­lic fam­ily night in The Square from 4.30pm, an event that ac­knowl­edges ratepay­ers’ $50,000 a year con­tri­bu­tion to cre­at­ing the fes­ti­val, now in its se­cond year.

The fam­ily fun night would fea­ture Easter egg hunts, per­for­mance by En­chanted, free-view­ing fam­ily film Rac­ing Stripes, food trucks, bouncy cas­tles and face paint­ing.

It would also pro­vide chances to win two of 18 keys, one of which will open a Ford Fi­esta at the Cour­tesy Ford race day at the end of the fes­ti­val.

Har­ness and grey­hound rac­ing fol­lows on Thurs­day night, with more fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, cel- ebrity and sport­ing teams sulky chal­lenges.

The main event, Sires Race­day, is at the Awa­puni Rac­ing Cen­tre on Satur­day with Six Chairs Miss­ing pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment, Fash­ion in the Field com­pe­ti­tions, and find­ing out who will win the car.

Rac­ing at Awa­puni Com­bined En­ter­prise (RACE) chief ex­ec­u­tive Alas­dair Robert­son said if it could grow to be half as suc­cess­ful as the New Zealand Cup and Show week in Christchurch, it could gen­er­ate $13.8 mil­lion in eco­nomic im­pact for Manawatu, and $16.3m in di­rect spend­ing.

His goal was to build the fes­ti­val into a ‘‘legacy’’ event for the city.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

Jockey Rosie My­ers and Ka­mada Park owner Kevin Pratt with Palmer­ston North Mayor Grant Smith with the tro­phy cel­e­brat­ing the City of Palmer­ston North Gold Cup fes­ti­val.

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