Crowds enjoy Otaki trots

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 15:51 24/01/2013

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Two days at the trots drew the crowds to Otaki Racecourse on Friday and Sunday for Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club's Summer Festival meeting.

Club president Mary Colman estimated about 3000 people attended, including owners, trainers, drivers and spectators, and horses from throughout New Zealand. "The contribution of the racing industry to the local community and economy is significant," she said.

"The facilities at Otaki Racecourse are also widely used outside of race days for community activities and recreation by local clubs, schools, scouts, police and fire brigade for training, community groups, walking and jogging and a whole lot of other activities."

Alongside the action on the track, the two-day meet offered plenty of entertainment, including a live jazz band, pony rides, face painting, a bouncy castle and Kids Kartz junior harness racing.

Another highlight was Taste the Region, where local food and drink producers offered samples of their products.

Of the 11 horses from Kapiti and Horowhenua which raced, only one finished "in the money", said Mrs Colman. Ohau Flash, trained by Manakau's Eddie Phelan and owned by Dennis and Liz Monk of Manakau, was third in the $6000 2000m 3-year-old- plus Mobile Pace. Tijuana Bromac won the $10,000 Otaki Cup.

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- Horowhenua Mail

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