Perfect Blenheim day for racing

Last updated 12:09 13/01/2014

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The scent of sunblock was in the air at day two of the Marlborough Harness Racing Club summer meeting at Waterlea Racecourse in Blenheim yesterday.

People kept hold of their hats as gusts of wind marred an otherwise perfect summer's day.

Marlborough Harness Racing Club secretary Barry Forbes said about 3500 people had attended over the two days. There had been no major incidents - no-one had been kicked out for being too drunk and no-one had been brave enough to run around the track naked, he said.

"It's been great," he said.

"Everyone's been well-behaved, which is usual for here."

It was the first time in 50 years Blenheim man Mike Wilson had been to the races.

His father had been a race starter 50 years ago at the Waterlea track in Springlands and his brother a farrier.

He and his granddaughter had won a couple of bets but it wasn't about the gambling, he said.

"It's a fun day," he said. "You're always seeing someone you know."

His mate Ross Neal had come to the races every year for the past 40 years and always enjoyed himself, he said. "You meet up with people you haven't seen for a long time."

Blenheim women Nicole Logan and Alice Jenner said the day had been relaxed and pretty quiet. They'd won on a $2 bet, but didn't know how much money they would pocket. Miss Logan said it was a fantastic way to spend a Sunday. "It's just a really good day out," she said.

Children were kept entertained at the Kids Go Racing site, which included a bouncy castle, games and a treasure hunt.

Blenheim boy Ashley Tunbridge, 10, walked away with a $600 Interislander ferry prize pack after winning the golden ferry hunt. 

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- The Marlborough Express


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