Riverton Club Celebrates 60 Years
The Riverton Trotting Club will celebrate 60 years of racing when they hold their annual Cup Day meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Saturday 13 February.
The event will feature the 31st running of the $15,000 DT King’s Transport Ltd Riverton Cup, the continuation of the club’s $1000 Pick Five competition, the opportunity to own a horse for the day, dual sulky rides, an Under The Helmet competition reminiscent of It’s In The Bag, the Frisbee Fling and the Tree Of Treats for the kids in a day befitting a tremendous milestone for the club.
Paddyproudfoot winning last years Riverton Cup
The club supports the Teal Pants Campaign and will run a “Teal on Wheels” prize draw selling 50 numbered teal ribbons on a bike wheel for $5 each on course after which Teal Pants Campaign Ambassador Ellie Barron, blindfolded in a teal blindfold, will draw three winners from the wheel in the birdcage.
The club’s inaugural meeting with equalisator betting was held on Saturday 14th January 1961 at the Riverton Racecourse with their first totalisator meeting at Central Southland Raceway in Winton on 2 December 1978, forty-three years ago.
The first winner that day was Hispaniola, owned by the Setarip Syndicate. He was 11/13 in the betting, paying $45.55 and $10.15. The trainer/driver was Arthur Thomas and the race was the IR Kincaid Memorial. Ian Kincaid part owned Fort Nelson, the first horse to be sold out of Southland for $100,000. Other winners that day were: Kilbank Rose – Peter Davis, Sly Belle – Dale Cameron, Halcro – Russell Malcolm, Eden Guy – John Cox, Be Sly – Jimmy Bond and Smoothover – Peter Davis.
The total stakes paid out for seven races in 1978 was $7,800 and the on-course turnover, $81,868. The club moved to Ascot Park in 1981 (40 years ago) and with four races turned over $92,860. In 1983 the turnover exceeded $100,000 for the first time recording $170,660. In 1986 the on-course turnover was $215,375 for nine races. In 1993 the Riverton Trotting Club received an on-course and off course license. The turnover reflected this. On-course was $82,310 down $60,780 from the previous season while the off-course turnover was $1,064,312.
The first Riverton Cup of modern times was held in 1989. The race was won by the Daryl McLellan trained Justaloco driven by Brendon McLellan. This year is the 31st running of this feature.
The first Aparima Trot was held in 1984 and was won by Cilla’s Pride trained by Samuel George Black. She was driven by Bryce Buchanan. This year is the 36th running of this trotting feature.