Biggest race day for years expected on Sunday

More than double the number of race entrants compared to a year ago.

More than double the number of race entrants compared to a year ago.

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EVERYTHING is in place this Sunday for one of the biggest race meetings held in this district for years, says Poverty Bay Turf Club president Alan Davidson.

The club has the largest number of horses coming here for many years.

The Makaraka track, regarded as one of the best provincial courses in the country, is in great order.

There will be capacity fields in most of the eight races on the programme and some horses might have to be balloted out.

There are 114 horses coming to Gisborne for this meeting, more than double the numbers of a year ago.

That includes teams from leading stables such as those of Graeme Rogerson and Kevin Myers, while a number of leading jockeys and highly promising apprentices are booked for rides.

“We are excited at the condition of the track,” he said.

“Yesterday’s rain was just perfect and as a result we have a great sole of grass. We did not have to water yesterday. The forecast for Sunday is also good which is great.

The programme will be highlighted by the $30,000 Poverty Bay Cup.

The club has gone to considerable lengths to make the races family-friendly, with a separate area for children with rides brought from outside the district.

“Everything is in place for a great day’s racing and we are optimistic that the public will support us to make this a day to remember,” said Mr Davidson.

EVERYTHING is in place this Sunday for one of the biggest race meetings held in this district for years, says Poverty Bay Turf Club president Alan Davidson.

The club has the largest number of horses coming here for many years.

The Makaraka track, regarded as one of the best provincial courses in the country, is in great order.

There will be capacity fields in most of the eight races on the programme and some horses might have to be balloted out.

There are 114 horses coming to Gisborne for this meeting, more than double the numbers of a year ago.

That includes teams from leading stables such as those of Graeme Rogerson and Kevin Myers, while a number of leading jockeys and highly promising apprentices are booked for rides.

“We are excited at the condition of the track,” he said.

“Yesterday’s rain was just perfect and as a result we have a great sole of grass. We did not have to water yesterday. The forecast for Sunday is also good which is great.

The programme will be highlighted by the $30,000 Poverty Bay Cup.

The club has gone to considerable lengths to make the races family-friendly, with a separate area for children with rides brought from outside the district.

“Everything is in place for a great day’s racing and we are optimistic that the public will support us to make this a day to remember,” said Mr Davidson.

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