Sum­mer racing on at fes­ti­val

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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