Mick's on to a winner

By Paul McBride

While the Kumara Gold Nuggets race meeting on Saturday had its most successful day yet with a record breaking crowd of 10,000 and on-course turnover at an all-time high of $401,259, business was also brisk at the Kids Tote.
“Takings were very good throughout the day and we were a lot busier than other years, really steady,” the tote’s enterprising manager, nine-year-old Mick Fahey said.
“Everyone has been more than happy with their prizes, if they were lucky enough to back a winner. We’ve been paying out a lot of soft drinks, hot food, sandwiches and lollies, which were well received.”
The Barrytown schoolboy has been running the Kids Tote at Kumara for the past three years, including arranging his own prizes.
“I went to Countdown (supermarket) and got a trolley full of goods and sponsorship for the big day to ensure all the small punters would be happy,” he smiled.
“I’m a real fan of the Kumara Gold Nuggets meeting and this year I hope to join and become a member of the Kumara Racing Club. Dad (Gerard) was born in Kumara, Fahey is a household name here and I’m proud to be flying the family flag at this year’s meeting.”