NHILL and District Racing Club secretary Tony Gebert has labelled the club's annual Boxing Day race meeting a success.
"It was a fantastic day. We had a good crowd and I think the weather certainly helped," he said.
Mr Gebert said the crowd size was similar to last year if not larger.
"We haven't got the final number yet, but it could be in excess of 1500 people," he said.
Mr Gebert said the meeting was well supported by both locals and visitors.
"It's good for us because everybody's home for Christmas and everyone comes along to catch up. There's always a really good family atmosphere," he said.
"We had lots of people come from Bordertown, Kaniva, Rainbow, Edenhope, Dimboola et cetera, which was great."
Mr Gebert said the club was also pleased with the strong field assembled for the 1650-metre feature race, which included top-weight Oforawesome from the Patrick Payne stable and 2010 winner and 2011 runner-up Fraaclase.
"The race was well fought out. There were several horses that could have won," he said.
In the end, apprentice hoop Raymond Vigar saluted aboard Rikbat for Murray Bridge trainer Garret Lynch.
"It was the first cup win for both the trainer and the jockey, which was good to see," Mr Gebert said.