Day At The Track

Club News - 7th March 2018

12:32 PM 07 Mar 2018 NZDT
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Trackside Coverage - 5 March – 11 March (please note the following is subject to change)


Cambridge (TS2)

8.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) – on the show this week The Auckland Carnival is in full swing - we check out the winners from Friday and some potentials for this week. Plus we also recognise some significant Harness racing milestones. 


6am In The Gig (TS1)

Forbury (TS1)


Westport (TS1)

Alexandra Park (TS1)


Invercargill (TS2)


Reefton (TS1)


Cambridge – Wednesday 7 March

An eight race card starting at 5.31pm. Entry to the course is free.


Forbury Park TC – Thursday 8 March

An 11 race card featuring a $25,000 Pick Six. First race starts at 5.27pm. Entry is free and there are multiple dining options available at the Forbury Park Sports Bar and Bistro oncourse.


Westport TC – Friday 9 March

Following the recent Cyclones Fehi and Gita the Westport Trotting Club are thrilled to announce that their racing surface for their meeting on Friday 9 March has bounced back in great order.

Following Cyclone Fehi, which hit the West Coast hard in early February, the track was inundated with sea water from a large surge caused by the storm.

“It wasn’t the rain so much that hurt us there,” said Club President Dan Moloney. “But the wind that caused the surge and brought sea water on to the racing surface and grounds.”

The sea water caused damage to the grass, with a patchy surface appearing after the water subsided. But Moloney was quick to praise the Club’s members and the swift efforts involved to resurrect the track.

 “We applied gypsum and ammonium sulfate and are amazed at how well the track has recovered. We are pleased that we are going to have a very good racing surface next week.”

“Luckily following Gita we only had a tree fall at the racecourse. But no actual damage to the racing surface itself.”

The Club is looking forward to welcoming racing connections back to Patterson Park, and there is one regular in particular that will take sentimental focus.

“We understand that Margo Nyhan and Peter Davis will bring Sarah Palin here as part of her farewell tour,” said Moloney. “Sarah Palin her first two races here during March meetings in her career, and we are thrilled that she will be here for one last Westport appearance.”

Sarah Palin is in foal and is currently on a ‘farewell tour’ as dubbed by her connections. She recently won her tenth career race, and has remarkably placed a further fifty times during her career.

Entry to the course is free, and there will be a BBQ and live music after the last with two TAB windows remaining open for those who wish to wager on the Auckland meeting.


Friday 9th March Premier Night

Derby Night

For the lovers of the harness-racing action, The Top of the Park and the Tasman will be open with deluxe Derby Night packages and a fantastic view.

Derby Night at the Top of the Park and the Tasman Room | Packages Include:
· Delicious gourmet buffet dinner
· Premium Beverage Package OR Cash Bar
· Private betting facilities within the room
· Race book for each guest

Prices from $60- $120.00

Book online at or e-mail


Northern Southland – Saturday 10 March

It will be quite a day at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Saturday.

The meeting features three Group 3 races, the Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Cup, the Prydes Easi-Feeds Southern Lights Handicap Trot and the Alabar NZ / Caduceus Club Of Southland 2yo Fillies Mobile Pace. In addition the programme also includes the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks and the Caduceus Club Of Southland Super Nugget Final.

As well as some premier racing the day will also bring to a conclusion the Northern Southland Trotting Club’s season long competition. One more lucky winner will be found on Saturday from a draw of all losing tote tickets and they will join Brian Pitcher and Isla Palmer, winners at the club’s earlier meetings, in the final draw to win one of three great prizes. The major prize is a trip to the Easter Cup at Addington on Saturday 31 March courtesy of the Yaldhurst Hotel, second a trip for two to Stewart Island with airfares, accommodation and breakfast courtesy of Stewart Island Flights while the third placegetter will receive a two night stay at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau. 

Owners are welcome to join the club in the Alabar NZ Owners Room on the day.

The first race is timed to start at 12.00 noon and admission is free.


Reefton Trotting Club – Sunday 11 March

Entry is free to this meeting and will see the very last race meeting for Team Teal 2018 in New Zealand.

Wear teal and go into the draw to win great prizes oncourse on the day!


Addington Raceway & Events Centre

March Racemeetings

There is great racing at Addington over the next few weeks with over $500,000 in Stakes up for grabs.  We would love to host you.  Please see below some fabulous dining options for you to consider.

Friday 16 March – Mediaworks Race Night Four-Star Race Meeting

Friday 23 March – 5-Star Race Meeting

Easter Saturday 31 March – 4-Star Race Meeting


Trackside Dining Options

Are you needing to entertain clients or organize staff functions? Add a unique Trackside Dining Experience. You can choose from our fabulous Gold, Silver or Bronze packages.

Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. $93 + GST per person.

Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person.

Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person.

Spectators Open till Late! Our fabulous array of pizzas and delicious burger options will be available for all to enjoy. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available).

$15 A La Carte Dining – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available).

Stables BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn.

Next Rugby Match - CRUSADERS VS. BULLS – Friday 23 March – 7.35PM – Hot off the Press - Spectators is now offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as the popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join, visit  

Heading to an event at Horncastle Arena or AMI Stadium? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. 

Next SAAC Course at Addington -The next Stabling Area Awareness Course for kids is 23 March at 5pm. For more information please visit


Hawera Easter Family Fun Meeting – 31 March, 2 April

The Hawera Harness Racing Club invites you to be a part of their Easter Family Fun Meeting to be held on Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April (Easter Monday).

Club President Brendan Towers describes the meeting as a ‘trainer’s weekend away’ and explains that the club are there to make the meeting an enjoyable one for all who attend.

“We will be holding dinner and entertainment for connections that are at the meeting on the Friday and Saturday nights, and are also here to assist with anything needed for horses and those connected with them,” said Towers. “We can help you find the right hotel or accommodation option, just get in touch and we will happily help.”

The grass track meeting features the Hawera Cup and will be focused on family entertainment too, with free entry on both days and bouncy castles and plenty to keep the kids amused.

For more information please get in contact with Brendan Towers 027 236 0016 or email


Methven Owners’ Day and Expo - Sunday 15 April

The Methven Trotting Club will hold an Owners Day at their April race meeting to be held at Mt Harding Racecourse on Sunday 15 April.

The club warmly invites industry merchants and also fellow club administrators to attend the event and be a part of their owner’s experience and expo at the meeting.

This will provide an opportunity to promote products or clubs to owners present on the day.

The club wishes to reward owners with a horse in at their meeting by hosting them in the Mt Hutt Lounge oncourse. They will also invite owners from the region to attend and offer special catering options on the day for them, and encourage non owners to come along and find out how they can become a part of the action.

Those with ownership opportunities are welcome to contact the club in terms of potential options to promote ownership to potential new clients.

For more information on how you can be a part of this special event please contact Nigel Armstrong on 027 328 2206 or email


Friday April 20th Premier Night

American Night

Our phenomenally popular American Night is back for 2018!
We’ll have the stars and stripes rolled back out from the Top of the Park to The Alex, and be serving up the very best of the US with another fantastic US-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet menu sure to satisfy – and of course we’ll be sure to get some top-class entertainment on board once again!

Book your American Night table ASAP as this night is sure to sell out fast!

American Night in the Tasman Room or Top of the Park 
From $60pp | Buffet only
From $125pp | Full beverage package including specialty US beer

Vintage Cars, Pin up girls and amazing entertainment!!!


Jess Smith

Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc




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