Despite patchy wet weather, hundreds of punters made their way to Riverton Racecourse to welcome in 2021.
From pony rides to mini jeeps, as well as plenty of food and drink, smiles were on display from those who had come from near and far for the Southland event.
A new venture for the Riverton Racing Club, it was the first time the New Year’s meeting was held on New Year’s Day, with half of the entry fees to be donated to the Southland Charity Hospital.
Riverton Racing Club president Barry Leith said a trophy had been donated from Invercargill’s McLeay Jewellers and the stakes had increased for every race except the main race, and set to $15,000.
It was the first of four events over the next five months at the Riverton Racecourse and replaced an event usually held in May.