Good weather and track at races
Good weather, good track (an easy three), good fields and a good crowd made for a great day on Thursday October 18 at the Woodville-Pahiatua Racing Club’s raceday.
Eight races were full with at least 15 horses except for smaller fields in longer distances.
The course was in superb condition, a thick cover of turf on dry soil due to the fine weather providing excellent times. Picking winners was the usual challenge but sufficient favourites won to keep the punters happy. Magico, trained at O¯ tak,i rewarded owners the Sutherlands and Benges of Wellington and Heaphy’s of Palmerston North, with a win after a third the week before.
They thanked the parents of Reign Watene (who died recently) for sponsoring the race in his name.
Racing Club member Roly Ellis said the future of the course is still to be determined but it continues to be used for racing in the meantime, with Trials on October 30 and the annual feature raceday set for St Patrick’s Day March 17.
The course continues to host other major events, including the annual Art Exhibition.
Over Labour Weekend 140 vans from the Southern North Island Motor Caravan Association also gathered there for the weekend. (See related article)
A bunched field in race five led by eventual winner Arabica
The owners of Magico after the horse won Race Four — The Reign Watene Memorial 1200m. From left with Woodville and Pahiatua Racing Club member Jo Dodunski: Darryl and Leanne Heaphy, Ian Benge with Tony and Peggy Sutherland.