Warm weather and family fun attracted a large crowd to one of Canterbury's most popular holiday race meetings.
Nearly 10,000 people headed to the Motukarara Racecourse for the annual trots on Saturday.
Banks Peninsula Trotting Club secretary Geraldine Stanbury said Cantabrians made the most of the sunshine, with large traffic queues as people flocked to the races.
"It was such a great day, everyone was so relaxed. There were huge queues for everything, but nobody had any problems - it was just so typical of Christchurch people."
Stanbury said about 70 per cent of the crowd came from Christchurch, including many with a family history of raceday attendance.
"People remember being brought there as a child, so they come back with their children and grandparents: it's just a great family day."
Children bored by the horses had a number of ways to entertain themselves, with a bouncy castle, miniature pony rides and sack races among the diversions on offer.
Stanbury said a dance contest based on the Gangnam Style craze was also a hit, with 70 people competing for the chance to win prizes.
- The Press
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