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Club news - 29th May 2018

01:47 PM 29 May 2018 NZST
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This week’s Trackside listings (please note these are subject to change)


7.30pm The Box Seat (TS1)

The Harness Jewels are nearly here! Catch Greg O'Connor, Michael Guerin + Matthew Cross & Craig 'The Whale' Thompson live from Cambridge as they preview all 9 G1 races #GIANThand


6am In The Gig (TS1)

Forbury Park (TS1)


Alexandra Park (TS1)


Cambridge (TS2)


Ashburton (TS1)


Forbury Park  – Thursday 31 May

We have our Claimers Series starting on Thursday, and our Bistro will be open from 4pm, serving a great range of delicious meals!


Auckland – Friday 1 June

Bus to the Jewels in Cambridge Saturday 2nd June

Two buses leaving from Alexandra Park at approx.  8.30am.


$45 return

$75 for Bus and entry to the Jewels.

One bus will have a Bombay pickup and drop off.

Please contact Regan on 631 1163

Wish For Fish Fundraiser - Tasman Room Friday 20th July.

A Night of Fundraising

The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park.

Visit to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!  

Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here.

To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email

Mid-Winter Christmas

Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July.

Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty.

Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier!

Packages start at $68.00- $145.00  

ATC 2019 Syndicate:

Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses.
To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful:

At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson:

Name: Alta Redeemer
Trainer: Robert Dunn

Name: Christianshavtime

Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson

Name: Bet West
Trainer: Brent Mangos

When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have.

There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year.

Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge.

We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland.

Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers.

For further information please contact or go to

Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager
Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212
Mob: + 64 21 253 8765

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on or give us a call on 09 631 1165.


Harness Jewels – Saturday 2 June

Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels


Entry Tickets

Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced.

This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ

The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to with the horse they are connected to. 


Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry.

Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar.

Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 27th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office.


Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar

The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks.

Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only

This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl.

Access to the Stables


All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times


Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU.


Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area.

Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only.

Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative.

Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25.

There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions.

For last minute tickets and information please visit


Ashburton – Sunday 3 June

At Ashburton Raceway. Entry is free. 


Invercargill – Monday 4 June


The very popular Bluff Race Day is on again on Monday 4 June (Queens Birthday Monday).

The Invercargill Harness Racing Club will host the race day at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill with the first race scheduled for 11.15am.

The feature race is the South Port NZ Ltd Bluff Cup with other races on the day supported by Awarua Synergy, Southern Ocean Safety, Grinaldi Lodge, KB & Associates, the Northern Southland Trotting Club, Barnes Oysters, Southland Farm Services Ltd and Hyde Landscaping while the Terry Dixon Memorial Race will also be held. 

This day has become a popular fixture on the calendar since its inception in 2014.

Admission to the course is free! There will be a free bag of lollies for every child on course after Race 6 while a draw of losing tote tickets after Race 6 will win one punter a Level One Restaurant & Bar Meal Voucher worth $50.


Nelson Harness Racing Club – June 8 and 10

BIG NEWS OUT OF NELSON - we have increased stakes from what they were in Winter 2017.  The stake for the Winter Cup is now $14,000 and the Handicap Trot has increased to $9000. 

The Nelson Harness Racing Club’s winter race meeting will be on Friday June 8 and Sunday June 10. The start time for Race One on Friday is 11.35 am and the start time for Race One on Sunday is also 11.35 am. There is no gate charge and race books will be available from the secretary office and the driver’s room.

The weather forecast is for fine weather so make sure you come on up and enjoy some Nelson hospitality.

Hot food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff. 

A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase in the bar and at the food and drink stalls.


The club would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 7th June at the OTB rooms from 5 -7pm.  The club is putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting.  There will be raffles available so bring a few coins.

Breakfast will be again available from 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms.


We are holding a punters competition on Sunday 10th June in the Waimea Lounge.  Cost of entry is the betting money $350 ($50 per race).  Teams can be made up of 1 to 4 people.  The competition will be run over races 3 to 9.  The prize is $1000 and of course the money you have made betting.  For more information and how to register contact the club. (Note- We require a minimum of 20 teams to run this competition).


As mentioned above, stakes have increased for this race meeting.  We couldn't do this without the continued support of all our sponsors.  

Nelson Pine Industries are again sponsoring our Prelude and the Nelson Winter Cup which we are excited to announce will be for stakes of $10,000 and $14,000 respectively. So bring your R60 plus pacer to Nelson and race for $24000 in stake money!

Winning connections will be presented with a trophy and are invited to celebrate their success in the president’s room.


This year we will be the inaugural running “Mike Austin Memorial Trot” this race is for R40 and faster trotters and will be run on the second day of the meeting over 2400m.  The winner will receive a trophy and a dress rug.  The club would like to thank Jill Austin and family as well as Blair & Lisa Orange for their support.  This race will be a wonderful tribute to “Mike” a great educator and trainer of the square gaiter and once a local Nelson lad.

Just to note the R40 and faster Handicap trot on both days will be run over the 2400m distance, previously the second day the race was run over 3000m. 
The club spoke to a number of different trainers and drivers about a possible change and the majority decision was to try the shorter distance.

We will be again running our Pink Pick Selections we will be asking drivers of the selected horse in each race to wear a pink helmet cover. We have had a really great run with this promotion so keep an eye on the picks.

For nominations and stabling please contact Jason Broad (Raceday Secretary) on 03 5446616 or 021 127 2912.  For all other inquiries please call Kristie Hill on 0274118608.


Addington Raceway and Event Centre

Hello Everyone

Even though we have a couple of weeks without races, there is still a lot happening on the grounds of Addington. There is definitely something for everyone.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.

ADDINGTON’S MID-WINTER GREAT OFFICE SHOUT SATURDAY 7 JULY. The Starlets are more than just your standard “sing and stand” act. They are a show piece like you have never seen before.  So get your group together for a great night out and dance the night away!  Evening includes: Drink on arrival (cash bar thereafter or tabs can be arranged on the night), Themed gourmet buffet dinner, Live entertainment from The Starlets $57+GST per person or $566+ GST per table of 10!  CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS STARLETS ON YouTube  Bookings essential, please visit

LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY 20 JULY. Our Ladies’ Night is still happening this year, it has just moved to a new date.  This year will be better than ever, so pencil the date into your calendar and start getting your group together.  All the details and bookings will be available soon.


We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings).

Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June.
Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July.



We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email

Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size.

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.

$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.


Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email

NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. HIGHLANDERS – FRIDAY 6 JULY 7.35PM. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $12 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 to earn Spectators Dollars, visit  

HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - 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.


Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 14 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit


Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit;

MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months! 

WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer).

HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view


To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email

Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.


Motukarara Workouts and Trials

Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July. 


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