Blue skies and sunshine made for an ideal return to Anzac Day racing at Moe Racing Club’s redeveloped track, with about 3000 spectators through the gates on Friday.
The turnout of 2915 people included about 1000 children, who enjoyed a variety of free activities on offer.
The race was the club’s first Anzac Day meet at Moe in two years and the first major race since laying the new track surface designed to prevent the washouts that plagued the club for several years.
On the racetrack, The Tinker, ridden by Craig Robertson took out the BM70 Handicap over 2400 metres.
Jockey Daniel Stackhouse rode The Bronx into first place in the BM64 Handicap 1000m in just one minute.
MRC operations manager Marnie Ballard said the track was classed as a dead four, despite the rain throughout the previous week, and the club received positive feedback from jockeys and trainers.
Moe trainers representative Mick Templeton said the already great track would improve with time.
“The track is still very young. It’s out-performing under some trying conditions,” Templeton said.
“The meetings through winter will be the hardest, but if they get through that it will be onwards and upwards from there.”
The club is now preparing for its next meet on Monday, 5 May, followed by a jumps trial on 14 May and another race meet on 19 May.