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Favourites triumph at Echuca harness

A big crowd flocked to New Year's Day meet despite the inclement weather.

GEORDIE COWAN January 3, 2014 4:24am

Harness racing on New Year's Day at Echuca.

Inclement weather may have played its part but a strong crowd still attended the New Year’s Day meet at Echuca Harness Racing Club.

With mainly full fields and other entertainment on offer, about 1500 people attended the Frank Ryan Raceway.

‘‘Better crowds would have eventuated had it not been such gloomy weather,’’ EHRC chief executive Brad Williams said.

‘‘A few people chose to stay away due to the inclement weather.

‘‘But it was a good night had by the people that were there.’’

Williams said the crowds were kept entertained on and off the track.

‘‘We had Tyler Hudson playing to a good crowd of interested music-goers,’’ he said.

‘‘The children’s entertainer Mr Mike had the kids really engaged the whole time.

‘‘Fashions on the field also went well, with guest judge Louise Phyland very impressed with all the entries.

‘‘The bar and caterers were also extremely busy throughout the night.’’

There was not much value to be found for punters on the night, with pre-race favourites winning in five of the seven races.

Echuca trainer Wayne Lear was a winner on the night, while Rochester trainer Mark Thompson claimed the Moama Bowling Club New Year’s Cup in the last race on the night.

■ Outgoing Williams said he looked forward to welcoming Steve Ferguson to the position.

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