Castlepoint races all a-gallop
It's official, the Castlepoint races are all go.
The popular beach races, first run in 1872, will be held on March 2 after getting the go-ahead at a meeting of the Castlepoint Racing Club last night.
Until 2002, when conditions deteriorated, there had been fewer than a dozen cancellations.
But recent cancellations due to exposed rocks meant last year's event was the first to be held in five years.
Club president Andy Pottinger said the beach was looking ''the best it's looked for years''.
''It's looking absolutely superb, as long as this weather stays settled it will be a beautiful day out.
''The good thing is that if we get the racing in this year it's two years in a row and that gets people excited again.''
The event will feature eight races, with non-race entertainment including a fashion show and a children's big dig.
The races are set next to the pounding surf that acts as a track rail, and begin at a starting point carved into the sand.
The races will start about midday, depending on the tide.
Mr Pottinger said betting at the races operated on an equalisator system, meaning punters received a random horse for a $2 bet.
The Dominion Post