The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) today (Monday August 22) announced that New Zealand's feature harness race - the 2011 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup will be conducted for a stake of $600,000. This represents a reduction of $150,000 from the $750,000 stake in 2010.
The reduced stake on New Zealand's greatest harness race is due to the recent cessation of the New Zealand Government's Racing, Promotions and Sponsorship Scheme which has contributed $150,000 to the race each year for the past three years. The NZMTC thanks the Government for their support in recent years.
Despite the reduction in the stake, Club officials remain optimistic and upbeat about the quality of the race in 2011.
Shane Gloury CEO at the NZMTC commented " the richest harness race in Australia in 2011 will be the $500,000 Miracle Mile in Sydney so at $600,000, the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup will continue to attract the best available horses from New Zealand and Australia."
Nominations for the 2011 Christchurch Casino Trotting Cup close on Wednesday 21 September. As expected, owners and trainers will be keen to secure a start in New Zealand's greatest race and under the conditions for 2011 the winners of the upcoming feature races will be guaranteed a start providing they are eligible.
- $20,000 Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington on Friday 9 September
- $25,000 Avon City Ford Cup at Addington on Friday 30 September
- $25,000 Searells Classic at Addington on Friday 14 October.
In 2011, Addington crowd favourite Monkey King is looking to become the first horse in over 50 years to win three Cups in a row. He will have his work cut out however, to hold out rising superstar Franco Emirate, young gun Smiling Shard and champion mare De Lovely amongst a likely raider or two from across the shores.
After a tough year, Christchurch is set for one big party during Cup and Show week in 2011.
The 2010 New Zealand Trotting Cup: