Horses weren’t the only animal attraction at races
INTERMITTENT rain and cool mid 20 degree temperatures didn’t deter almost 1000 people from enjoying the races at the Wangaratta Turf Club on Saturday.
The day’s conditions - a complete contrast to the scorching heat - peaking at 42.8 degrees - the day before - made activities on the track much more pleasant for horses and their riders on track for the seven card race day.
But it’s fair to say the biggest attraction of the day was the Wild Action Zoo.
The Melbourne-based operator enthralled the hundreds of children with its very lively collection of reptiles and native fanua.
“They were certainly very popular,” said club chief executive officer Paul Hoysted.
“The kids loved being able to get up close the animals... wombats, koalas, crocodiles, pythons and lizards.
“The zoo certainly helped with our family day appeal.”
Kelly Sports, an art tent and huge waterslides were among the other kid-friendly activities on the day.
“For us now the focus turns to our two day carnival on (Saturday/Sunday) March 2/3,” said Mr Hoysted.
SNAKES ALIVE: Horses weren’t the only animals in the spotlight at the Wangaratta races on Saturday. Bella Costante got her hands on Capser, the friendly black headed python, under the watchful eye of Wild Action Zoo staff member Stuart Murray.