Kumara races a fun day out

Town comes to life for race meeting

MATT MARKHAM
Last updated 20:00 13/01/2013

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Thousands of hearty race goers made their annual pilgrimage to the sleepy town of Kumara yesterday for the once a year race meeting.

With a population of just over 300 people, the small West Coast town is normally nothing more than a casual glance for travellers on their way through to the other side of the Southern Alps.

But once a year the town comes to life with people in their thousands turning up to enjoy a day at the unique race meeting.

Yesterday's event was no different with racing fans and socialites alike trekking to Kumara to enjoy a day of frivolity and to attempt to make some money off the tote.

The meeting was conducted by the Kumara Racing Club who are run solely by volunteers, all of whom were walking around yesterday full of smiles after a successful days racing.

Last year's meeting was shifted to a mid week date after adverse weather conditions meant their weekend racing slot was abandoned costing the club thousands of dollars, but yesterday's meeting would have gone a long way to redeeming some of the lost income.

Police looked to have little trouble throughout the day and despite the high volume of people in attendance the crowd was overall in a very well behaved mood.

The feature race of the day, The Kumara Gold Nuggets, was taken out by Negotiate for Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers and jockey David Walsh.

The pair fought out a length of the straight battle with Josephine to claim the win with the final decision coming down to just a head margin.

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- Fairfax Media

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