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The Roxburgh Trotting Club posted both record crowd numbers and gate takings for its annual meeting on January 4.

Club president David Parker said he estimated about 3000 people attended the meeting, making it the biggest the club had seen for several years.

‘‘We took about $6500 at the gate and last year we did $5000.’’

The heavy rain during the previous few days meant the cancellation of the races at Glenorchy and Omakau.

Drivers were also happy with the brand new track, which had to be rebuilt in response to the Harness Racing New Zealand’s (HRNZ) advisory on December 8, that the existing one was unsafe to use.

The new track, which cost the club $40,000 and used 350 tonnes of sand as well as hours of labour from contractors, volunteers and committee members, was signed off by HRNZ on December 21.

‘‘It was a mammoth effort.

‘‘Now we have a tip-top track, and if managed properly should last us for 10 years.’’

The winner of feature race, the Peters Genetics’ Roxburgh Cup was Enchantee, for the second year in a row.

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