Summer racing on at festival
While all the focus has been on Saturday’s Wellington Cup action at Trentham there is more carnival action this weekend with the Interislander Summer Festival meeting on Saturday, January 28.
The carnival’s third and final day will again feature grassroots racing, live music and all-day kids entertainment including the always popular mini-Fashion in the Field competitions.
It all adds up to the perfect family day out at Trentham, the home of New Zealand racing.
Always a firm favourite, the 2016/2017 Interislander Summer Series features 36 events at holiday hotspots around the country.
The annual festival keeps growing in popularity, Wellington Racing Club President Wayne Guppy said.
‘‘We are looking forward to welcoming both loyal club patrons and local families to Trentham racecourse.
‘‘This year we have a very full programme, so you can expect to be entertained from the moment you walk through the gate,’’ said Guppy ho is also the long-standing mayor of Upper Hutt, the home to the famous Trentham track and racecourse.
‘‘A day at the races is one of our great Kiwi summertime traditions.
‘‘The festival offers a more relaxed racing atmosphere.
‘‘Mum and Dad will enjoy a casual bet, while the kids can get involved in our full range of on-course kid activities,’’ he said.
‘‘We are hoping for balmy summer weather, and no doubt the Hutt Valley will deliver plenty of sunshine.’’
Kids will be spoilt for choice with the free activities for under-12s while cupcake decorating, face painting and bouncy castles will keep young ones entertained.
The always popular Kids’ Fashion in the Field includes an under-5s parade and ‘‘Little Miss and Master Trentham’’ competitions will run in six-to-11 and 12 to 17-year olds categories.
And while the children are occupied parents can catch some quality racing including the $200,000 Group One Thorndon Mile.