The WAGGA Harness Racing Club (WHRC) has opened its gates to the public.
As of Friday night, there will be free entry to all but two Wagga meetings this season.
An admission fee will only be charged for the Christmas meeting on Saturday night, December 17, and the Cup meeting on March 4.
WHRC chief executive Graeme White hopes the decision results in bigger crowds on track.
“In this day and age when people can stay at home and watch on TV, the free admission allows people to attend live action without any added costs,” White said.
WHRC have also decided to raise prizemoney for the Cup Prelude from $6000 to $10,000 and restrict it to South West and Riverina trained pacers only. The first two horses home will be exempt of the ballot for the $30,000 Pacers Cup.
“The extra funds afforded to clubs from tax parity relief allows us more latitude when deciding where to best direct our financial gains.”