Oamaru set to host Waimate race meeting

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Wind damage to the Waimate Racing Club’s facilities has resulted in them moving their June 8 meeting to Oamaru.

Last September’s gale force winds tore the roof off two grandstands and water damage to the jockey quarters and administration block has made it impossible to run a race meeting there.

Mike Cooney, vice-president of the Waimate Racing Club, said it was a huge surprise to hear both roofs had blown off at the time as they were in good repair.

He said the club usually had good support for their July meeting but it was always more difficult to get local punters to travel out of their area.

Robbie Crawford, a trustee who administers the race course, said they have received an insurance payout for the damaged buildings, which will cover the cost of either repairing or totally rebuilding the facilities.

He said the trustees are working through their options.

Waimate Racing Club member Lucy Hennessy said it was disappointing that the track at Waimate was in fantastic condition but couldn’t be used.

Race day at Oamaru is on Sunday, June 8, with the first race starting at 12 noon. The feature race is the Waimate Cup and there are prizes for the best dressed man and woman. Entry is free.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

WIND DAMAGE: Strong winds last year caused extensive damage to the grandstands at Waimate Racecourse.