Planning at the barrier for February races

Poverty Bay Turf Club ready to build on success of last year.

Poverty Bay Turf Club ready to build on success of last year.

PLANNING is already well under way for next year’s race day at Makaraka with the Poverty Bay Turf Club ready to further build on the success of last year.

Newly appointed event manager and committee member Pamela Hall said the club has some progressive plans that will start with a Melbourne Cup evening at the Dome that will reflect the concept and style of the upcoming local race day and include fashion in the field prizes.

This would be a way of bringing together the people who had supported racing and spark interest in next year’s meeting on February 19.

The club’s committee is already looking at plans for the day that will include plenty of excitement for all the community.

Ms Hall, who returned to Gisborne last year after working as an interior architect in Australia and London said the committee had a number of ideas for the lead-up to next February starting with the Melbourne Cup day launching the races.

Club president Alan Davidson said last year’s meeting was a big success and they wanted to continue with the theme.

Model Kylie Bax was brought to Gisborne last year to judge the Fashion in the Field contest and the club was looking at possibly getting her back this year or someone of similar status.

“We want to keep racing going in Gisborne,” said Mr Davidson. “We are in a unique position financially thanks to the sale of the racecourse and we will offer subsidies to trainers and owners to bring their horses here.”

PLANNING is already well under way for next year’s race day at Makaraka with the Poverty Bay Turf Club ready to further build on the success of last year.

Newly appointed event manager and committee member Pamela Hall said the club has some progressive plans that will start with a Melbourne Cup evening at the Dome that will reflect the concept and style of the upcoming local race day and include fashion in the field prizes.

This would be a way of bringing together the people who had supported racing and spark interest in next year’s meeting on February 19.

The club’s committee is already looking at plans for the day that will include plenty of excitement for all the community.

Ms Hall, who returned to Gisborne last year after working as an interior architect in Australia and London said the committee had a number of ideas for the lead-up to next February starting with the Melbourne Cup day launching the races.

Club president Alan Davidson said last year’s meeting was a big success and they wanted to continue with the theme.

Model Kylie Bax was brought to Gisborne last year to judge the Fashion in the Field contest and the club was looking at possibly getting her back this year or someone of similar status.

“We want to keep racing going in Gisborne,” said Mr Davidson. “We are in a unique position financially thanks to the sale of the racecourse and we will offer subsidies to trainers and owners to bring their horses here.”

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