A GROUP of Terang and district racing enthusiasts kicked off 2017 with a bang at the annual New Year’s Day race meeting.
Warrnambool-based trainer Allan Peterson’s ‘Belaruski’ took out the Thornton Family Peter Blank Sprint, while Terang’s ‘Silvere Lady’, from trainer David Drever won the Acme Rural Supplies Maiden Plate.
Terang and District Racing Club manager Karen Van Kempen said all of the races were close and kept the 1500-strong crowd entertained throughout the day.
“We thought that was quite a strong crowd,” she said.
Ms Van Kempen said the event met their expectations despite inclement weather during the morning.
“We were very pleased with the day,” she said.
“All of the races were very competitive.”
However, Ms Van Kempen said the focus of the day was on providing a family-friendly atmosphere, complete with a visit from sports provider Kelly Sports.
Staff provided the first 200 children to walk through the gate with a bag full of things to help them enjoy the day, including sunscreen and a towel.
For the adults, local young musician Cooper Lower provided the entertainment off the field.
Ms Van Kempen said the day was a “casual” and “well-patronised” outing for the community.