Omoto success defies forecasts

By Paul McBride

Fine weather and a crowd of 1400 defied the odds on Saturday for a successful day’s racing at Omoto.
Although betting was down, the Greymouth Jockey Club was pleased with the way the day panned out after a wet weather outlook and scratchings.
On-course betting declined from $111,027 last year to $81,713, and off-course from $703,707 to $586,733.
President Jill Bennington said the meeting set the scene for a successful New Year circuit on the West Coast.
“Despite a number of small fields the day went really well, the racing was good and the favourites tended to be in the money. The weather held off and the track stood up to the day’s racing really well,” Ms Bennington said.
Northern stables dominated results, winning six of the eight-race programme, with Whanganui trainer Kevin Myers picking up three wins, including the day’s feature races the $20,000 Monteith’s Brewing Company Greymouth Cup with Our Alchemist, and the $15,000 Greymouth Businesses Sprint with his stable star Scapolo.
Next on the circuit is the Reefton Jockey Club meeting on Wednesday, followed by the Kumara Gold Nuggets on Saturday, and concluding in Hokitika next Wednesday with the annual Westland Racing Club meeting.