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This event’s been cancelled
Castlepoint Beach Races: CANCELLED

When:

Sat 5 Mar 2011, 10:30am

Where: Castlepoint, Masterton-Castlepoint Rd, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Per pedestrian: $5.00
  • Per car [which includes parking]: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Jo Blyth

It is with much regret, the Stewards of the Castlepoint Racing Club have had no choice but to make the decision to abandon the 5th March 2011 Race Day. Yesterday's tide washed sand from the beach to the extent that many rocks are exposed, making the beach unsafe and unraceable.

It is very very disappointing as the beach had been looking great.

We wish to thank everyone for their support in our preparations for our race day, and we look forward to Mother Nature being kind to us for our planned 10th March 2012 race day.

Make a note of that date!

10th March 2012!

Jo Blyth
Secretary
Castlepoint Racing Club Inc.
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Castlepoint Beach is looking great for a fabulous 2011 Race Day. Castlepoint Racing Club Annual Beach Meet sees picturesque Castlepoint come alive to the sound of thundering hooves along the sand, cheered along by a large crowd of punters, picnickers and spectators.

First Race kicks off at 10.30am so make sure you arrive in plenty of time. Entry $5 per pedestrian, or $20 per car [which includes parking], so fill up your car with friends and family and come on out to Castlepoint.

Please note that in the interests of public safety, Jetty Road [from the camping ground] to Guthrie Cres is officially closed on race day from 7.30am until the end of racing, allowing no vehicular access except for Emergency Service vehicles.

A great fun family day out with equalisator betting over 8 races. This year we plan to run two Totes, one at each end of the beach. Entertainment includes children's games between each race, a fun fashion parade where participants are chosen from the crowd - "The Best Dressed for a Day at the Castlepoint Races", lucky race book numbers etc, all within the delightful ambience of Castlepoint.

Horse Racing at Castlepoint dates back to the first days of European settlement in the district. Thomas Guthrie, the first white settler in the area is said to have encouraged sporting evenings on the beach in front of his station, with the station hands taking part in various athletic contests.

If there were schooners in the bay the sailors would also come ashore, and contest the running, jumping and field events.

Needless to say, the station hands, all of whom owned their own horses, also liked to wager with their fellow workers as to the relative merits of their horses, and bottles of rum were laid as wagers for the horse races along the Castlepoint beachfront.

As time went on these races became more organised, and picnic days were held on the beach, with horses from the whole district lining up in a series of hastily organised, and not very well documented, races.

Just when the first organised races were actually held along the waterside at Castlepoint is difficult to tell. The only hint of the first races is in a newspaper report in 1875, which reported that the scheduled meeting at Castlepoint had not been held.

There is, however, a good record of the first organised meeting of the Whareama races, on Boxing Day, 1872, and it is from this meeting that the Castlepoint Racing Club dates itself.

The Club became the first in New Zealand to use equalisator betting facilities, now regarded as a quaint feature of the meet, and the station hacks have been joined by horses with more aristocratic bloodlines.