Day At The Track

Harness turnovers a ray of light

05:27 PM 08 Jun 2020 NZST
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Harness racing has been playing out to empty stands at Addington but its turnovers have surprised,Harness racing
Harness racing has been playing out to empty stands at Addington but its turnovers have surprised
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A ray of light has emerged for the racing industry with betting on harness meetings stronger than expected since racing resumed 12 days ago.

Figures obtained from Harness Racing New Zealand for the first eight meetings predictably show the highest turnovers in the South Island, with public track-based North Island stables still cranking up their operations.

Friday nights at Addington have been particularly pleasing, says HRNZ racing and marketing manager Darrin Williams, with fixed odds betting clearly more popular than tote betting on weekdays.

With 12-race cards, and the prime betting slot, Addington has returned figures of $1.17 million and $1.01 million for its Friday meets.

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Reprinted with permission of Barry Lichter

Lincoln Farms

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