- Gates open 11am. First race of nine at 12.40pm. The race fields are small this year, so punt with confidence
- It’s only the third time Cromwell has held a meeting in early summer – until 2006 they only raced in March
- 5500 tickets have been pre-sold for hospitality marquees – up 2000 from last year
- Marquee tents have been pushed back from the running rail to allow for a bigger public lawn giving far better viewing of racing on the 1600-metre track
A punting we will go…
There’s a Punters’ Club for those who want to cheer a horse in each race but either don’t know a girth from a gelding, or simply would rather spend the few frantic minutes in between races sipping nectarine daiquiris than studying form.
Don’t Ask basket
Watch out for a Santa wandering the course with a snore-o-meter that will track the bloke/sheila with the loudest snore. An amber-coloured prize is up for grabs.
A Fancy Hat comp will reward the best and boldest.
Scavenger hunt and lolly scramble to keep the nippers happy.
Tourist tips for Cromwell: 5 ways to blend in
- Don’t insult or maim any fruit while on safari there. They take their apples and apricots very seriously. (Check out the Big Fruit sculpture on the main highway.)
- Don’t ask directions to the main street. (There isn’t one.)
- Holiday homes are called “cribs”. (A “bach” refers to a handful of cheese scones.)
- The town’s symbol of identity is a 14-year-old sheep called Shrek. He baas no resemblance to the green ogre who nicked his name.
- Norman Maclean has never visited the hamlet despite his classic fly-fishing novel A River Runs Through It suggesting otherwise.