Twilight success will lead to more

RACING - TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2012

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Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Carey Hobbs says Friday's twilight meeting was a "massive" success for the club.

Hobbs said on-course turnover of $131,000 for the low-key eight-race programme was up $40,000 on the corresponding meeting last season, while off-course betting topped $851,000, up $180,000.

"It's better than what we do on-course on some of our Saturday feature meetings," he said.

Hobbs said corporate entertainment hosted by the club was up 80 per cent on the previous year.

"It was a big turnout and the crowd that stayed on after the last race was very well behaved. The feedback we've had has been very positive," Hobbs said.

The success of the quickfire meeting, which started mid-afternoon and finished about 7pm, has Hobbs searching for suitable dates to hold more twilight events.

He said a free day at the end of the working week was preferred.

"That's clearly when it works best for us.

"People come to the races after work and can relax, have a few drinks with friends and still get in a few races.

"I'm just putting together an application to put on a twilight meeting on the Thursday afternoon before Good Friday," he said. "I'm pretty sure no other galloping clubs have plans to race that day."

Meanwhile, TTR is busy gearing up for an eight-race meeting at Pukekura Raceway on Thursday, December 6.

It's not classed as a twilight programme, but has a later than usual start of 1.23pm, with the last race at 5.30pm.

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