Yesterday's fine weather blessed Dargaville's first race meeting of the season, attracting a good number of punters to its picnic atmosphere.
Dargaville Racing Club secretary Basil Smith said he was delighted with the turnout and while field numbers were average in most races, it had still turned out to be a great meet, with a perfect "number 2" track.
Buses from Auckland and as far north as Kaitaia ensured distance was not an obstacle for race-goers.
For the first time, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Greg Purcell attended.
This year's Fashion in the Field event was cancelled because of a family bereavement for the organisers.
Jed, ridden by Craig Grylls and trained by Leo Molloy at Byerley Park, won the main race of the day, the Northland Cup, sponsored by Adams Trimmer Nauman.
The second and third placegetters were Every Ready to Dance and Rhythm Divine, respectively.