Horse races were held to celebrate Otago's eighth anniversary in 1856, and were a major feature of anniversary-day festivities in other regions. Racing was very popular in New Zealand from the early days of European settlement, bringing together Māori and Pākehā, and all sections of society.
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Reference: Otago Witness, 22 March 1856, p. 2
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