The party atmosphere was alive and well at yesterday's Taranaki Daily News Family Fun Day at the races.
The annual event, held at New Plymouth's Pukekura Park Raceway, attracted a huge crowd, including young families, to an afternoon of festivities.
Children were entertained with face painting and bouncy castles while some competed in the first-ever junior fashion in the fields competition.
The adults got a chance to have a tipple while poring over their race books.
Race five proved to be especially memorable for one lucky punter.
New Plymouth's Antoinette Weyden won the trifecta with her first ever bet and screamed with delight as her picks crossed the line.
"It's so cool," she said.
Ms Weyden said she quadrupled her original $6 bet and was happy she listened to advice from her friend on which horses she should back.
"We got a tip-off," the 23-year-old said.
Whanganui's Trevor Hall was another in attendance who was enjoying some success at race day.
He said he visited family in Taranaki each year and usually came along to the races.
Although he had a general rule not to bet on horses racing for the first time, he often based his choice on the horse's name, number or jockey.
"It's a bit of hit and miss really," he said.
Mr Hall said he also liked the glamour of the event.
"I like seeing everyone dressed up," he said.
On holiday from Kaitaia, Carl Maria said he brought his children along to have a look at the event.
"It's good fun," he said.
His daughter Charlotte, 6, said she liked horses and had her own horse back home on their farm.
The main race of the day, the Taranaki Daily News 1580, was won by the Whanganui galloper Flynn.
- Taranaki Daily News
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