Owner for a day
Thoroughbred racing's promotion, Owner for the Day, will be part of the Southland Racing Club's Gold Cup meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Punters who buy a $10 ticket in the punters' club (betting group) on course, go into a draw to win a 5 per cent share in a horse racing in a later race.
The draw will be made after race five and the share is for Saturday only.
Gallop South's Southland manager Jason Spencer said the draw winner would be given privileges that owners were entitled to on race day, including meeting the horse's trainer and jockey, and watching the horse being saddled up.
Five per cent of stake money earned by the horse will be given to the Owner for the Day.
Feature races on Saturday include the $50,000 ILT Ascot Park Hotel-Southland Guineas and $25,000 Southland Times-Invercargill Gold Cup.
Former All Black Simon Culhane owns one of the cup favourites, Our Bee Jay, who finished third in the race last year and at the corresponding meeting in 2011, won the Summer Cup.
Our Bee Jay is also owned by Ascot Park trainer and Culhane's partner, Lisa Vaughan.
The 7-year-old gelding ran a respectable sixth of 15 in the $200,000 Wellington Cup at Trentham on January 25 at his last start.
The Southland Times