Glenorchy Races will celebrate 50 years since the first
meeting tomorrow, and organisers say they will be keeping
things simple to mark the occasion.
The event has been held on the first Saturday of every year
since 1962, and one of the organisers, Bruce Douglas, said
they would be doing nothing different to reel in the crowds.
"We are keeping it simple because it has always worked in the
past and people have enjoyed that."
The event attracts more than 2000 punters every year and Mr
Douglas said he did not expect too many more, although he
hoped visitors "from the days of old" would show up for the
The weekend clashes with the National Rugby 7s tournament in
Queenstown, but he said this would not have much of an effect
on the numbers attending the races.
"The 7s don't really affect us because the main day for the
7s is the Sunday."
The Glenorchy Races are organised by the Lakeside Rugby Club
and raise money for community projects.
There would be 10 horse races held throughout the day
beginning from 11am.
In order; the Walk Trot and Gallop, Saddling Race, Trotting
Cup, Relay Race, Ladies Gallop, the Double Banking Race,
Galloping Cup, Stockman's Race, the Quarter Mile Sprint and
Tickets can be bought on entry for $10.