Day At The Track

Proposal passed... but no name change

04:00 AM 10 Jul 2013 NZST
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The Auckland Trotting Club will remain just that after its members voted against a name change at a special general meeting last night. A majority of around 200 members who attended the meeting voted against changing the name of the club to Alexandra Park Incorporated.

But while the historic name won't be changed, the most important proposal put to the members last night was passed almost unanimously. That was for the Auckland Trotting Club to seek to amalgamate with the four tenant clubs who race at Alexandra Park, raising the possibility of a super club to run harness racing in the Auckland region.

The amalgamation of the ATC with the Franklin, Thames, Manukau and Kumeu clubs is seen as crucial to moving forward with major plans to develop a state of the art training facility at Pukekohe. Such a facility, which would provide younger trainers with a base as well as house visiting southern horses, would be a huge step in addressing Alexandra Park's problems with horse numbers and field sizes. The five clubs coming under one name would also provide savings in administration and streamline decision making.

While the members agreed that one club would be the best vehicle for the administration of the industry heading forward, there were concerns raised about any such club selling an asset like the Kumeu training track. Whether the one-club structure will become reality still depends on the members of the four tenant clubs also agreeing at their own special general meetings to amalgamate.

The other major proposal at last night's meeting was a mandate for the ATC board to look at selling a section of land in order to fund further development of Alexandra Park but that was stalled by members who wanted more information.

Courtesy of Michael Guerin and the New Zealand Herald

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