Wellington Cup spectators soak up the sun
Trentham Racecourse has turned on the sunshine and the glamour for today's Wellington Cup.
The jewel in Wellington Racing Club's crown did not fail to pull in the punters when racing got under way at 12.30pm.
Thousands of people streamed into the racecourse to soak up the sunshine and 20-degree heat, as well as a bit of actual horse racing.
Despite the course being quite full, queues for food, drink and the tote appeared to be ticking over quite quickly.
Race-goer Vi Huynh, 22, said it was an absolutely beautiful day at Trentham.
The stiff northerly had kept the temperature quite pleasant but had also presented a challenge to those wearing elaborate hats and fascinators, she said.
"Let's just say a lot of hairspray and clips went into this."
Her friend Catherine Mooney, 21, said the crowd was in good spirits early on.
Her system for winning big was to bet on the fourth-best horse in each race, she said.
"It should always be good for a place and the odd one might come through for a win."
German native Leo Schlicht, 28, who has been in Wellington for the past six months, said his first experience at a Kiwi race day was absolutely fantastic.
"Apparently this is what you guys do in summer. A few friends of mine said I should get along to the races and have a good time," he said.
"It's a very friendly atmosphere. Everyone is in a good mood."
The group two Wellington Cup race is scheduled for 5.14pm. Prize money of $200,000 is at stake.
Today's race meeting serves as the grand finale to the 2014 Wellington Cup Carnival.
The Dominion Post