The hot chip stalls and coffee carts were almost as popular as the TAB betting windows at yesterday's Nelson Harness Racing Club's winter meeting at Richmond Park.
A crowd of about 3000 needed all the winter warmers they could get to combat the freezing cold southerly that swept across the Waimea Plains. But the cold didn't stop people enjoying themselves with club president John McKenzie saying he was delighted with the attendance and the on-course betting.
"The numbers were very good. We had very good support from the public and the on-course betting was only down by $3000."
The quality of the racing was also high with a succession of favourites prevailing on the 12-race programme that featured the Golden Edge Nelson Winter Cup won by Canterbury pacer Piper Heidsieck.
The second day of the winter meeting will be held at Richmond Park tomorrow starting at 10.30am.