Punters enjoy Invercargill Gold Cup action

Invercargill Gold Cup Day at Ascot Park Raceway on Saturday was one of the Southland Racing Club's most important races.
Couple Laura and Nic Popham took their son Freddie to his first race meeting.

WITH many events being cancelled throughout New Zealand, Southland Racing Club members felt lucky they could hold one of their premium races.

Club president Sean Bellew said the Invercargill Gold Cup Day on Saturday was one of the club’s most important races with prizes amounting to more than $320,000.

To be able to host the event under the Red traffic light setting, Ascot Park Raceway was separated into four 100-person bubbles — one for club members, another for sponsors,
one for people involved in the races and the other for the general public.

“We worked hard to make the event fun and safe so everybody can have a nice day out at the races.”

Friends Tania Pope and Sarah Copeland dressed up for the occasion.

‘‘With the cancellation of many events, it is good to have something different to do,’’ Ms Copeland said.

‘‘Life has been pretty boring [under the Covid-19 Red light traffic] so it is an excuse to dress up and have a nice day out.’’

Couple Laura and Nic Popham took their 11-month-old son Freddie to his first races.

‘‘He has been around horses before but this is his first [race] meeting.’’

‘‘It is great, just the fact that we can take the opportunity to go to an event like this that is safe and everyone can have a great time.’’