Australia Day harness racing a ‘success’ despite heat | Photos

Attendance numbers were steady despite the scorching heat for Stawell Harness Racing Club’s Australia Day meet on Friday.

Races were brought forward to earlier in the day to avoid the hot temperatures that had been forecast. 

The first race of the day got underway just before 11am, with the meet concluding at 2.30pm at the end of the eighth race. 

Stawell Harness Racing Club president Geoff Sanderson said he was pleasantly surprised with the strong numbers at the track considering the hot conditions. 

“We were really happy with the crowd,” he said.

“It was a smart move to start early because by the time we finished it was starting to get quite hot.

“Our main concern was for the welfare of the trainers, drivers and horses.”

The day featured plenty of family entertainment as well as a dunk tank to keep punters cool.

“It was a great day all-round,” Sanderson said.

“We had a track record in race seven too so the track held up very well.”