Two of the biggest spectacles of Cup Week are set to receive a stakes boost, but it’s a decision at the other end of the spectrum which will come as the best news out of Addington Raceway this week.
The New Zealand Trotting Cup and Dominion Handicap will both gain a raise of $50,000 for this year with the Cup now worth $700,000 and the Dominion shifting to $250,000.
But it’s the decision by Addington officials to raise their minimum stakes in the new season that will draw the most applause after plenty of frustration has been aired in recent months.
Currently set at $5,000, the minimum stake will now sit at $7,000 – a 40 per cent rise.
Feature race days will also receive a boost in the lower grades with CO races going from $8,000 to $9,000 and C1 graded races jumping from $10,000 to $11,000.
Addington have kept the good news coming too with the new season set to also see 2 per cent of each stake paid out to connections of horses who don’t figure in a stakes bearing dividend.
Addington Raceway made the stakes increase announcement at the grand opening of a new administration block on top of the stabling complex which will play home to the new drivers room along with JCA members and the main Trackside base on race night.
Also announced at the opening was a new look to the popular Show Day Futurity which will see $84,000 worth of stakes paid out during the first half of the season.
As well as the $40,000 Final on Show Day, those paid up for the series will also be eligible to compete in a number of other specially programmed races in the lead up to the second week of November as well as a $11,000 race in December which will be open to all those who are paid up with the exception of those who finish in the top three placings in the final.
The build up to this year’s New Zealand Trotting will also see a change this year.
The Cup will still travel along the same path toward the $700,000 event but the hotly contested Canterbury Classic in October will this year, for the first time, carry an extra incentive.
As opposed to the usual automatic entry into the Cup for the winner, the top three place getters will now be invited.
The change shouldn’t see too many changes to the norm if previous seasons are anything to go on.
By the time the Classic rolls around the pecking order for the Cup is almost done and dusted and those who have finished in the top three in recent years have already qualified, or are well up the order of rankings.
By Matt Markham (Harness Racing New Zealand)
Important Dates for Cup and Dominion
This year nominations for the 2014 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup and Hellers Dominion at Addington will be taken earlier than previous years to increase exposure and to enable fixed odds markets to open mid-August.
Nominations for both races will close at 3.00pm on Wednesday 13 August 2014.
Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup - $700,000 - Group 1 - 11 November 2014
Initial nomination fee Wednesday 13 August 3pm NZ time $350
First late nomination fee Wednesday 27 August 3pm NZ time $3,500
First withdrawal fee Monday 15 September 3pmNZ time $700
Second withdrawal fee Monday 13 October 3pm NZ time $1,400
Final late nomination fee Wednesday 5 November 11am NZ time $17,500
Starting fee $8,750
All fees are plus GST.
Hellers Dominion - $250,000 - Group 1 - 14 November 2014
Initial nomination fee Wednesday 13 August 3pm NZ time $125
First late nomination fee Wednesday 27 August 3pm NZ time $1,250
First withdrawal fee Monday 15 September 3pmNZ time $250
Second withdrawal fee Monday 13 October 3pm NZ time $500
Final late nomination fee Wednesday 5 November 11am NZ time $6,250
Starting fee $3,125
All fees are plus GST.
All fees above are included in the total stakes pay out and will contribute to the increase in stakes for both Group 1 races.
The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup will be run for a stake of $700,000 and the Hellers Dominion for $250,000, both up $50,000 on 2013.
Please note that horses must be withdrawn on the specified dates above otherwise owners will be liable for payments. For full details including breakdowns of stakes on the above please visit www.addington.co.nz from Friday 25 July. Alternatively, please call Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley of Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.
August Nominations for $84,000 Show Day Futurity Series
Tuesday 22 July
The Show Day Futurity Series (SDFS) will once again be programmed this spring at Addington Raceway with estimated stakes of $84,000.
Addington is also pleased to announce that for the second year running, harness racing enthusiasts Glenys and Philip Kennard are sponsoring and the series will be known as the Glenys & Philip Kennard/Graphite Developments Ltd Futurity Series.
Nominations will close on 13 August at 3pm.
The well-patronised series will cater for 3-year-old and older pacers assessed at C0 as at 1 July 2014 with the following criteria to be satisfied:
Nomination fee is set at $100 plus GST with all funds received included in the stake
for the SDFS Final on 14 November
A horse must have started at least twice in the period from 8 August to 31 October at
a NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club meeting
In 2014 it is proposed to run up to five races in the SDFS with the following conditions:
5 September – **horses assessed at C0 to C1 2600m - $11,000
17 October – **horses assessed at C0 only 2600m - $11,000
14 November – ***SDFS Final - $40,000
28 November – Horses who were not eligible to and did not contest the Final on 14
November - $11,000
11 December – Open to all SDFS horses excluding those horses who finish 1st, 2nd
and 3rd in the Final on 14 November - $11,000
Total estimated stakes $84,000.
**Subject to programming.
***Total stake for the SDFS Final is estimated at $40,000 which is subject to total number of
nominations. All runners to receive a minimum of $800 for starting in the Final subject to
Full details can be viewed from Friday 25 July at www.addington.co.nz under Racing – Promotions and Incentives. Alternatively, please phone Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley of Addington’s Racing Department on 03 338-9094.
Marketing & Commercial Manager