Photo by Craig Baxter.
A little rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of
racegoers (from left) Jan Aitken and Kim, Adrian and Jaimee
Caffell as they squeezed under an umbrella to watch race three
from the hill at the Waikouaiti Races yesterday.
They were part of a large crowd that turned out to enjoy the
family-friendly atmosphere, despite rain being forecast.
Gallop South general manager Malcolm Little said organisers
were pleased with the 4785 attendance, which was about 1000
more than in 2013 but not a course record. The format
followed last year's, with more activities for children
between races, including a sack race and a horseshoe toss.
Queues of people headed for the coffee tents as the rain set
in about 2pm, but the sun was back out again for the last
race at 4.30pm. The variety of food and beverages on offer,
as well as the fashion in the field contest, were again
popular, Mr Little said.
The on-course turnover was above budget.