The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1914. AKAROA COUNTY RACING CLUB.
The Akaroa County Racing Club is now laying the foundations of what is bound to be one of the mo9t important country race meetings in the dominion, The club in utilising the fine course at Motukarara Domain has at its disposal one of the finest ooarses in Australasia All tbose who have vieited the course agree that it? natural appointments ere excellently suitable, tne nccesfary ex penditore, there is'the makings! of h benatiful coarse for ibe club's annual msetjng, The club hrs expended - about. £800 already, and bus b'ouglr fiOTv Little Bbr" ai> i-bt; !: g' ro'.-e^'fJ'- , : v.bb of <*r ut.oe.fr \w.~ pio'Hii fU'd vorv fa.-c. buf j rjiu remains muob to be dorjQ, en( j t De club b«B a great deal ot beforp it, aa will b' RS*r« in *h>: iru. "p-'.-v-.ir.enr.* , . 'CC« % rtvt?».(Vd by M: f ;; ; -. .'•<-; '! .i ' wrd, wi-b '.': ■■■■.i--f(UJriH,itf •.-veO'y c *hiri ,- feet, ihn view oi tbo whole cour $» ] from here is » fine one, It is si >g geated now that the present which is quite inadequate for the present requirements, should be s> jilted back closer to the Island, and '/bat a sew stand should be built by terracing the Island, and thus pr .ovide a j natural stand overlooking tJ- ie course. It is suggested the new sfce ,nd should be moved farther west, am , * the start«Dg point brought in front o f it. The The totalisator bouse, offices, etc., will also have to be intb the new saddling paddock and horse boxes built. The course ryjn a j eo probably have to be altered f ,/ightJy, and a few I pinw imignis cut away to give those on tbe stand an aninterrupted view of the course, /mother improvement, whichisatprr JBe nt very necessary, is\ the dividing ijp 0 | the motor and foot traffic, and to remedy this it is proposed to or *m up a road at the back of the Island. f or motorcars to run up to the top otf,the Islend, where tbey can overlook 'the course. All these improwmenfje will result in the expendi/ i tare oifrJargo cum, and, as the club ' has now only about £200 at its disposal at ghfe present time, it would nof doubt b<*a wise policy now the euooess I
of the annual meeting is assured to" borrow enough money to make these new buildings and improvements as substantial and commodious as fco be sufficient for many years to come. The club has already lost a good deal in making: makeshifts do for the meantime because they had not the finances at their disposal, One question which might also be gone into i fuliy is the rule of racing which demantis that a club must pay in stakes what it received from cbe totalisator the previous year. At Saturday's meeting it was suggested that a remit should be forwarded to the Racing Conference to have this altered. The club certainly needs to turn its attention to the improving of the course before anything else, and, if the stakes were left as at present for a! year or two even, the club would have provided itself with all its very necessary improvements, and could then de,vote its tofcalisator takings to the raising of the stakes, The Minister of Railways ought also to be approached rfgarding improved trucking facilities and platforms at Motukarara. These two improvements were outstandingly necessary at the last meeting.
There is one feature which is rather outstanding; in the club's new era, and that is the interest the Peninsula people are losing in their club's annual meeting. In this direction there is much to be said for and against the shifting of the course to Motukarara. At the time the Gaming Act came into force the club was only holding tbo lease of the' Little River course, and to ensure its getting its permit a sniffs to Motukarara was necessary. Though the Peninsula people feel bitterly upon the matter, their chief grievance being their objection to travelling by train to Motu karara, they should consider tbat the club, unable to purchase the Little River course at anything but a fabu lous figure, was forced to Motukarara i feo save its permit, Had the B-acing Club forseea that the taking away of many country racing permits was going to mean a greater benefit to the Akaroa Club, it would' no doubt have held on at Little River. The annual meeting has, howevar, become a I suburban Cbristchurcu meeting rather than the popular Peninsula meeting it used to be, and many Peninsula] people say they would just as soon attend a Cbristchurch meeting. But this objection to attending the Mofcukarara course is dying oufc, and we certainly don't see why there is any great hardship in travelling the little extra distance. One thing we do think is that the club made an error of judgment in eliminaticg all the district races from the programme, and we sincerely hope that next year they will seriously consider re-instating one or two Peninsula races. This would at*least renew some Peninsula interest. ~ The Peninsula produces some fine horses, and a race or two would encourage good, breeding. These events were deleted, owing to small entries at Motukarara, and now there is hardly a Peningula horse afc the meeting, but a few years ago at Little River the District Trot and other district events used to be well filled. Wβ certainly think tbat it would be the greatest pity if the Peninsula interests were lost sight of, and would urge upon the Peninsula people to take an interest in the club tbat would warrant full recognition by the club.