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.

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