More than a race meeting

Counting down to a great day at the track.

Counting down to a great day at the track.

GROOMING THE COURSE: Poverty Bay Turf Club president Alan Davidson stands next to a new running rail at the 1600-metre chute at the Makaraka Racecourse. The course is in pristine condition for the club’s February 21 meeting. Mr Davidson said the club’s aim was to produce an event for the whole community, not just a race meeting. Picture by Paul Rickard
The large crowd expected will include special guest, New Zealand-born model and actress Kylie Bax. New Zealand Herald picture

ONE of the biggest crowds to attend a race meeting in Gisborne for many years is expected at Makaraka Racecourse for Poverty Bay Turf Club’s meeting next weekend.

Club president Alan Davidson said the February 21 event was a sell-out for the corporate areas but there would still be plenty of room for the public to see some great racing on a track that was the envy of many other clubs.

The aim was to produce an event for the whole community, not just a race meeting, said Mr Davidson.

The fields are looking promising for the eight-race programme, which will be highlighted by the $30,000 Gold Cup.

There is a minimum stake of $10,000 for all other races and the club is also paying travel incentives.

They have already been told some leading trainers will be bringing large teams.

Nominations close on Tuesday

The Nation Mobile Event Centre — a 30-tonne truck that converts into a lounge and is the main corporate hospitality area for the meeting — has been sold out, as have corporate sponsored tents.

But Mr Davidson said the club had made sure there was plenty of room for the general public, who would be allowed into the upper part of the members stand as well as the public stand.

However, they would be wise to attend early as a large crowd was exepcted.

The club has also gone to great lengths to make it a family-friendly day, with several rides for children.

The historic Makaraka track, which has hosted racing in this district for more than a century, is in pristine condition.

“A lot of effort has gone into the preparations for the meeting,” said Mr Davidson.

“All we need now is the support of the Gisborne people.”

ONE of the biggest crowds to attend a race meeting in Gisborne for many years is expected at Makaraka Racecourse for Poverty Bay Turf Club’s meeting next weekend.

Club president Alan Davidson said the February 21 event was a sell-out for the corporate areas but there would still be plenty of room for the public to see some great racing on a track that was the envy of many other clubs.

The aim was to produce an event for the whole community, not just a race meeting, said Mr Davidson.

The fields are looking promising for the eight-race programme, which will be highlighted by the $30,000 Gold Cup.

There is a minimum stake of $10,000 for all other races and the club is also paying travel incentives.

They have already been told some leading trainers will be bringing large teams.

Nominations close on Tuesday

The Nation Mobile Event Centre — a 30-tonne truck that converts into a lounge and is the main corporate hospitality area for the meeting — has been sold out, as have corporate sponsored tents.

But Mr Davidson said the club had made sure there was plenty of room for the general public, who would be allowed into the upper part of the members stand as well as the public stand.

However, they would be wise to attend early as a large crowd was exepcted.

The club has also gone to great lengths to make it a family-friendly day, with several rides for children.

The historic Makaraka track, which has hosted racing in this district for more than a century, is in pristine condition.

“A lot of effort has gone into the preparations for the meeting,” said Mr Davidson.

“All we need now is the support of the Gisborne people.”

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