Thousands race to Kalaru Boxing Day meeting

MORE than 2000 people enjoyed the Boxing Day races at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club.

In a huge boon for local horse racing, club secretary/manager Rob Tweedie said it was a “pretty impressive” crowd.

“It was massive, probably one of the biggest Boxing Days here,” he said.

“We had well over 2000 people and the crowd was well behaved.”

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Mr Tweedie said the meeting was tailored to attract a young crowd, targeting the 18 to 25-year-old age group.

He said Thursday was a non-TAB meeting, with the meeting creating a “party and social” atmosphere.

Not even a late afternoon storm could deter race-goers.

“The Boxing Day races have become a tradition now,” Mr Tweedie said.

“There were lots of younger crews, as some come back from university or take a holiday from work.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger each year.”

Along with the five races held, there was plenty of action off the track too.

A mechanical bull was set up to challenge riding abilities, while plenty of people took part in the Fashions on the Field competition. 

“We wanted to provide alternative entertainment, give something back to our young crowd,” Mr Tweedie said.

“The mechanical bull was a little bit different, but it will help get them back next year.

“The Fashions on the Field saw lots dressed up, it was a great day.”

The action continues this Thursday at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club with the annual Tathra Cup.

Mr Tweedie said Tathra Cup was a seven-race TAB meeting and he hoped to again see a big crowd on the day.

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