``It's hard to match the thrill of a race.'
So says the man who has seen horse racing from all angles: as a jockey, as a spectator and, now, as racing manager for Hawke's Bay Racing Centre.
Kim Treweek yesterday topped off a ``chaotic' week by putting the final touches on arrangements for today's Hawke's Bay Spring Carnival in Hastings.
But this week in particular has been challenging, as Mr Treweek coordinated sponsorship, event and race management, marketing and hospitality.
This includes overseeing the festivities trackside and arranging the race programmes.
``My focus is more on the racing side, the field, the books and general management,' he said.
Then there is supervision of the 120 security staff, 150 tote staff and others.
Today Mr Treweek was up at 5.30am and would be ``full-noise' until he knocked off at 10pm.
But it is a labour of love that started straight out of high school, when he took on an apprenticeship in Takanini.
Mr Treweek's jockeying career led to some major wins in Australia and New Zealand, and at times he was New Zealand's leading rider.
``The drama of racing, whether you are a jockey, a trainer or a punter, is what it's all about. Everyone can grab a bit of the action,' he said.
Mr Treweek continued to ride until 10 years ago and said it was a ``no brainer' to seek a role at Hawke's Bay Racing.
Last year he filled the racing manager shoes of John McGifford, now general manager.
As racing manager, Mr Treweek's job doesn't stop when the last horse crosses the line today.
He manages and runs races in Gisborne, Wairoa, Hastings, Waipukara, Woodville, Masterton and Taranaki under the East Coast Racing banner.
This means he's got 32 days of racing to look forward to - including Midweek Race Day in Hastings in a few weeks, Christmas at the Races in December and two races in Gisborne in early November.
Let the good times roll