Fun in the sun

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Enjoying a Melbourne Cup day meet at Wingatui Racecourse on Tuesday are (from left) Tess McKean (21), Bella Berry, Lily Bowman and Claudia Wharfe (all 20). Otago Racing Club general manager Rebecca Adlam, speaking to yesterday, said the meet was a success with a “well behaved” crowd and “great” weather and racing. A final attendance figure was pending. She expected fewer punters than last year, when about 4500 people attended. A reason people could have stayed away on Tuesday was the “horrible” weather at the same meets for the past three years. The sunny weather resulted in a “massive walk-up crowd”, including about 300 students. Despite a smaller crowd, she was pleased with the ticket sales for “Christmas at the Races” on December 14. REPORT: SHAWN MCAVINUE/PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH