Contrary to public reports Canterbury harness racing officials have in fact placed a bid to host the 2013 Inter-Dominion Series in Christchurch according to Addington Raceway CEO Shane Gloury. "Yes we have put in a bid, contrary to reports that have been floating around.
Our bid though is only for one year, not three. We have applied for 2013 but if the IDEC deemed this to be not suitable given concerns over accommodation or infrastructure etc in Christchurch, we have stated that our bid also applies for 2014," he said.
An application for financial support has also been put forward to the New Zealand Major Events Committee by Gloury and his team. "Our application has been fast-tracked and has passed through the first stage of the application process and is currently going through the final stage.
"We expect to find out whether NZ Major Events will provide funding support in the event that we are successful over the next week, but we are still confident that we can conduct an excellent, profitable and viable 2013 Inter Dominion Carnival in Canterbury even in the event that we do not get funding."
"Our tender proposes to conduct the Inter Dominion along similar lines to which it has been over the past three years. The Pacers Championship will have two rounds of heats and a Grand Final. The first round of heats would be conducted at Ashburton over the flying mile with the second round of heats at Addington over 2600m.
"The Grand Final would be conducted at Addington for $1million and would be run over 2600m."
"Another feature of our bid is the fact that trotters would be accommodated as part of (not left out) of our Carnival. A feature trotters series (yet to be named) would be conducted along similar lines to the 2011 Inter Dominion Trotters Series. Two rounds of heats, with the first round at Ashburton over the mile and the second round of heats at Addington over 2600m. The Grand Final will be worth $250,000," says Gloury, who sees the inclusion of the very best trotters in Australasia as a key feature to their bid.
The New ZealandTrotting Club and Addington Raceway has also proposed to conduct the NZ Pacers Derby, NZ Trotters Derby and Welcome Stakes (2yo Pacers) on Inter Dominion Grand Final Night. As well as that the $175,000 PGG Yearling Sales 3yo Final and $40,000 Flying Stakes will be run during the heats of the Carnival.
"We believe that our bid provides for an outstanding Carnival over two weeks that showcases the very best Pacing and Trotting talent within all age groups from New Zealand and Australia. It won't be just a big one off meeting, but rather a Carnival over two weeks, and we believe that this structure will be well supported by Harness Racing Fans on both sides of the Tasman."
"Given the tragic events of 2011 in Christchurch and the circumstances surrounding the transfer of the 2011 Inter Dominion Championships to Auckland, we believe that this is a great opportunity for the Inter Dominion Events Committee to grow the brand of the Inter Dominion in the South Island of New Zealand and to keep the faith with arguably the strongest harness racing region in Australasia by allocating the 2013 Inter Dominion Championships to Canterbury.
"We believe that a fantastic Inter Dominion Championship and Carnival would be conducted by Christchurch and Ashburton under our proposal and one that harness racing fans from all over Australia and New Zealand will be supportive of," Gloury concluded.