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Set to hit the track, catwalk at PB races

Ashwood Park at Makaraka will be in good condition for Sunday's big day of racing.

Poverty Bay Turf Club president Rod Young says committee members have been busy at the race course.

“Going by the height of the rubbish heap and the pristine-looking appearance of the grounds, the committee have done a great job.”

The running rail area has been mowed underneath, broken posts have been repaired and two truckloads of sawdust have been spread throughout the stabling complex to freshen the area up for the horses.

“We have achieved the track racing condition of a Dead 4/5 (a Dead 4 track “has give, is better side of Dead” and Dead 5 has “a significant amount of give, worse side of Dead”) over the last few days and this should be maintained for Sunday.

“Nominations have closed and while numbers are slightly down on last year's meeting, we still have an eight-race programme.

“Rogerson Racing has a team of 24 horses and it is good to see a mix of the other trainers ranging from Jamie Richards, Baker Forsman, Moroney Gerard, Kevin Meyers and 14 other trainers.”

Racing goes hand-in-hand with fashion.

Prizes worth more than $4000 are up for grabs for those race fans who make an effort to dress for the occasion.

There will be six fashion categories on Sunday —

■ Best dressed woman and man, for ladies and gentlemen 25 years and over

■ Best dressed filly and colt, for ladies and gentlemen under 25 years

■ Best dressed young ones, for boys and girls under 16 years

Gates to the track open at 10.30am and racing begins at 12.55pm.

The feature race, The Gisborne Herald Poverty Bay Cup is at 4.24pm.

“We are looking forward to making sure everyone has an enjoyable day on Sunday,” Mr Young said.