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Harness Scene

Next Race Meeting: Thursday, July 25th


Notice is given that a Special General Meeting of the Cambridge - Te Awamutu HRC will be held in the Members Lounge (Top floor main stand)at 7.30pm, Monday March 25th.

As was discussed at last Octobers AGM and given unanimous support by those members present the Committee proposes that the name of the Club be changed to Harness Racing Waikato Incorporated.

The Club Committee look forward to member's attendance at the Special General Meeting

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Meeting Updates

Date Changes: Please note, February 1st race meeting is a DAY meeting from 12.00 midday.The race meeting for Tuesday February 19th has now been changed toTuesday February 26th and is also a day meeting

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Dunstan Horsefeeds Waikato Summers Series Promotion

The Cambridge Te Awamutu HRC is pleased to announce its promotional association with Waikato based feed merchant Dunstan Horsefeeds over the Xmas & New Year harness racing period.

David Smith Director of Dunstan Feeds is pleased to support the harness racing industry with a points accumulating concept for both pacers and trotters on the harness races staged over the period December 24th through till January 13th.

Points will be awarded for each horse competing during the period based on their finishing position and the trainers of the horse with the highest point’s totals at the completion of racing on January 13th will receive 1st 2 ton feed, 2nd 1 ton feed and 3rd ˝ ton feed.

The promotion will be conducted under the Dunstan Sweet Mix and maxim Low – GI brands.

The Cambridge Te Awamutu HRC acknowledges the product and cash contribution from Dunstan and hopes the industry participants provide the necessary support back to them , this one of their first promotion ventures in the harness code.

Mike Weston

Cambridge Raceway

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Stakes Increases

The Committee of The Cambridge-Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club have resolved to increase the basic stake of it's one win and faster races commencing February 1 2013.

The new stakes structure for graduation meetings will see an increase of $500 to the one win and faster races, non winners' races will remain at $5,000. The feature pace and trot on the card, generally two win and faster, will increase by $1,000 to $6,000.

On average stakes will increase by around $5,000 a meeting.

As a consequence the winner of a $5,500 event will receive $3,300.

This could be bolstered by another $1,000 should the winner record its second win at Cambridge Raceway for the season as per the conditions of the tenant club's stakes incentive scheme. Multiple winners' receive an extra $1,000 for their second win at the raceway during the season or $1,500 for each second win during the season after that.

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Winners’ bonus at Cambridge Raceway.

The tenant clubs at Cambridge will reward multiple winners at the Raceway during the season by paying an extra $1,000 or in some cases $1,500 to the winners of races.

The Clubs have agreed to add $1,000 to the winner's stake for the second win by a horse at the venue during the season. A further $1,500 will be added to the winner's purse for every second win during the season after that.

The scheme will apply to totalisator races only and dead heats will be treated as a full win by the horses concerned. In the season just concluded 38 horses won two or more races, Amboseli recorded the most wins, four, during the season while Aquataine, Bronze Seeker, Charlemagne and Hugh Hefner recorded three wins each.

It is expected the tenant clubs will pay around $60,000 for the scheme for the coming season; there will be no cost to the connections of the horses. A winner's share of a standard $5,000 race is currently $2,800 for a multiple winner this will increase to $3,800 and $4,300.

It is hoped the scheme will attract horses to race more often at Cambridge and reward the connections of multiple winners for their success and loyalty. The winners' bonus scheme is retrospective commencing at the Raceway's first meeting of the new season, Thursday August 9.

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Harness Jewels Success for the Locals

Cambridge harness trainer, John Dickie was the toast of the 2011 Harness Jewels with dual success on the days programme staged last Saturday in Ashburton

With two representatives down south from his stable for the biggest day of age group harness racing in New Zealand Flying Isa and Paramount Geegee were guided to success by South Island reinsman, Robbie Holmes.

Flying Isa and Paramount Geegee collected the spoils in the $100,000 2YO Trotters Ruby and $100,000 3YO Trotters Ruby respectively.

For the progeny of Pegasus Spur the trip south "had gone too well and that worried" Dickie but there were problems on the biggest day of his training carrier and both trotters proved far too good for their rivals.

The two horses shareing many of the same owners and both pleased punters after starting as hot favourites.

The season is not over for the Cambridge trotters who will trip across the Tasman to Victoria for the Australasian Breeders Crown events, with Paramount Geegee taking on the best of the locals in the Victoria Derby on the way.

Paramount Geegees season could see him pocket career earnings of over $600,000 a significant sum for a young trotter in this part of the world

"I can't split the two trotters" says Dickie, "they are pretty much an equal".

The local Cambridge patrons could be lucky in 12 months time with both horses still eligible for Harness Jewels at their local track next year.

The locals were also to the forefront in the driving ranks with Peter Ferguson successful on the Steven Reid trained Gold Ace in the 3YO Emerald and David Butcher guiding Cowgirls N Indians to success in the 2YO Diamond.

As the sun sets on another Harness Jewels event, the biggest age group racing day of its kind in both codes, the Cambridge Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club commence their plans for the big day in 2012 at their local raceway venue.

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