On Sunday December 14 the Akaroa Trotting Club will undertake an unprecedented promotion – the ‘Yaldhurst Hotel Million-Dollar Pick 9’.
The club offers patrons the chance to win a million dollars if the winners of all nine races are selected.
Upon course entry those over 18 will receive their free ticket.
Club President, Laurie Goodson, is excited by what is in prospect.
He explains. “We are a one-day club and a tenant club so we live and die by our racing activities.
We want to maximise the opportunity we’ve been given in December, with the Christmas at the Races brand.
We want this to be a spectacular day with big on-course numbers.”
Should the big prize be struck the winner will receive their million over twenty years -$50,000 per year.
Another promotion on the day will be the ‘Yaldhurst Hotel Punters’ Competition’, a team’s event that will see the winners securing a trip for four people to Melbourne in April for the Victorian Punters’ Challenge to represent New Zealand.
The prize covers airfares, rental car, accommodation and the competition entry.
The Akaroa Trotting Club has historically held its annual meeting in March or April.
A change in the date’s structure for 2014/15 will allow Akaroa to compliment a booming pre-Christmas period for Canterbury race meetings encompassing the ‘Christmas at the Races’.
As well as the above highlights the typical kids’ activities that are part and parcel of a day out at the Mot trots will be available.