The first of the Harness Jewels Australian invites have been released for the 2014 event. This is the first year that Australian horses have received an invitation to battle it out for Jewels supremacy against their Kiwi counterparts. This evening at 7pm (EST) ‘In the Gig’ announced the horses in the 4YO age group category that have received an invitation to participate in the Jewels. The recipients of the invitations are:
HRNZ Chief Executive Edward Rennell said “We are really excited about this announcement. These three horses are clearly the best in their categories and we think the addition of inviting Australian horses to participate in the Jewels will create an even more exciting event. We hope to see these three horses and their connections in May.”
This is an exciting change that will further enhance the quality of racing at the Jewels and be of great interest to the racing public. Inviting the leading Australian horse in each age group to participate will add an extra dimension and offers the opportunity to attract a larger audience. This has been a fantastic initiative for New Zealand participants and now is the perfect time to grow the international presence and awareness of the Harness Jewels.
The 2014 Harness Jewels are to be hosted by Harness Racing Waikato at Cambridge Raceway on 31 May 2014. Total stakes for the day will be $1.2m over the nine races, with this continuing to be New Zealand’s only race meeting where all stakes are a minimum of $100,000 per race.
The remaining 6 horses will be announced over the coming weeks.
For more information please contact Harness Racing New Zealand or visit www.harnessjewels.co.nz
Candice Van Dyk
Marketing & Communications Manager