FAMILY-friendly activities have been credited with boosting attendance at yesterday’s Hamilton Cup meeting.
While organisers hadn’t finished tallying ticket sales late yesterday, the crowd size easily eclipsed last year’s turnout.
“We’re still doing the figures but it was pretty clear looking out across the lawn that the numbers were up,” Hamilton Racing Club manager Erin Penny said.
“We had a lot of good horses out on the field so there were probably a few more from the industry.”
The main race, the $60,000 Hamilton Cup, was taken out by Hurdy Gurdy Man, trained by Darren Weir.
This year the state government also contributed $8000 to run children’s entertainment at the cup meeting.
“We received money from the government for a family and friend zone, which really helped us promote it (the race),” Ms Penny said.
Market stalls also garnered interest from those less keen on backing a winner.
Other country racing staples including fashions on the field were also well attended.