This was such a success last time out, we've been welcomed back for the Anzac Day races. Hopefully we'll get a few more punters and some ladies in their finery - but even if we don't, the races themselves are great.
There are no restrictions on what we can photograph (including the old-style betting booths). However, the Jockey Club stipulates that all photographs taken are for personal use and may not be sold commercially without their written permission. Competitions and other personal use are fine.
The first race is at 1:15, with saddling beginning about 20 minutes before the race. I suggest we meet up at 12.30 for a quick tour of best places to shoot from, then we can disperse a bit so as not to be in each others' way.
There will be a total of 8 races on the day, with the last race beginning at 5.20. (Times will be confirmed on the 21st, when they post the race-day schedule.)
There is no charge to get in and there is plenty of free parking in the racecourse carpark. (Enter by the Z petrol station.)
A few health and safety notes:
- Tripods and monopods are okay as long as they are not left unattended.
- No flash is to be used around the horses at any time.
- We must not cross any of the fences to the restricted areas (bring your long lenses for close-up shots.)
- We are limited to 12 participants. If there is sufficient interest, we can schedule this again for the April race day.
My cell phone number is[masked] 74.
A bit of background
Horse-racing resumed at the Avondale Racecourse in October of last year. First opened in 1890, it is one of the oldest tracks in Auckland. Though we are restricted by OSH regulations to public access areas, because the track and facilities are quite old and had been out of use for several years, we can still get very close to the saddling, parade, and winners areas as well as photograph the action on the ground and in the grandstands. I toured the grounds with the manager this morning and was very pleased.
This is not Melbourne Cup style racing - no flash lounges and race-day finery. It's the other end of the spectrum, hopefuls and also-rans, basic facilities and amenities, more of the grit and grime of the racing world. I'm looking forward to shooting some black & white.