Racing: Beaumont club says a heartfelt thank you

Otago Racing Club chief executive Hannah Catchpole and Beaumont Racing Club president Phil...
Otago Racing Club chief executive Hannah Catchpole and Beaumont Racing Club president Phil Williams with a defibrillator donated by the Beaumont club to the Wingatui track. Photo by Matt Smith.

The Beaumont Racing Club is in good heart.

But now the club, which moved its annual race meeting to Wingatui in 1987, wants to make sure the hearts of racegoers at Wingatui can be looked after in the case of an emergency.

The club has given the Otago Racing Club a defibrillator, which will be stored at Wingatui in case of emergency.

Beaumont president Phil Williams said that after years of the club's annual meeting being shifted around from month to month, the club had enjoyed consistency with its meeting being held in conjunction with a Forbury Park Trotting Club meeting on the Wingatui track on Otago Anniversary Day in March.

Next year would be the fourth year in a row for the club on that date.

The club was in a good state financially with support from the Bendigo Trust and The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF), and Mr Williams said the defibrillator was a way of thanking and supporting Wingatui.

"We had a really good day [this year] and we're not into building up money for the sake of racing - we want to put it back into racing,'' he said.

"We've got a really good relationship with the Otago Racing Club ... so we want to help them because they help us.''

Otago Racing Club chief executive Hannah Catchpole said the dual-code day was a concept the club certainly supported.

"From our part, we love having not only Beaumont but the dual-code day, which we're 110% behind it continuing,'' she said.

"It's great having other clubs wanting to use our track, and the track came up really well.''

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