The thundering of hooves across wet sand and the cheering of the crowd... that's the sound of the Castlepoint Beach Races, an annual Wairarapa Event.
The races are being held on Saturday 11 March 2017. (The event is dependent on beach conditions and tides). Races begin at 9.30am this year (earlier than normal due to the tides). The feature race, the Castlepoint Cup, will be run at approximately 11.30am
A historic event
The beach races date back to 1872 when local farmhands would race each other for bottles of rum and stray coins. Today, thoroughbreds have replaced farm hacks and the day is as much about picnicing and family as it is about horses. Betting is allowed but you'll be allocated a horse at random, for a ticket price of $2.