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Nevele R Stud and Spreydon Lodge are pleased to announce the appointment of Ged Mooar to the role of General Manager. Ged has extensive experience in the breeding, harness racing and Standardbred industry. He is currently the Marketing and Commercial Manager at Addington Raceway & Events Centre, a role he begun in August 2011 and previous to that he was the Sales and Marketing Manager at Nevele R Stud for four years. With widespread knowledge and involvement in the industry Ged will be known to many in the breeding and racing fraternity and will oversee and direct operations, marketing, sales and development at both organisations. We welcome Ged on board and look forward to him starting with us on Monday 1 February 2016.  

Addington Raceway is pleased to report fantastic turnover and attendance results for Cup Week 2015. Combined wagering totalled a substantial $10,165,338 down only marginally on last year’s record figure which was a huge 20% increase on 2013. Cup Day continues to head the domestic racing events of all codes by some margin with combined (on and off course) figures coming in at over $6.355 million whilst the Show Day combined figures were $3.810 million, an increase of $340k on 2014. A massive $1.790 million was wagered on the 112th running of the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup, the 11th year the Christchurch Casino have sponsored the famous race. Crowd turnouts across both days of premier racing were in line with those reported in 2014 with nearly 28,000 attending. Met Chairman Barry Dent commented “being able to meet aggressive revenue targets set for this year’s Cup meeting has put the club in a good position to further examine ongoing sustainable stakes and bonuses for events at the Raceway. Without a successful Cup Week this would not be an option for us.” “This Friday’s race meeting sees ongoing minimum stake levels rise to $7,500 for the first time, with this being directly attributable to the overall sound financial health of the Club, of which Cup Week remains a cornerstone to our ongoing success.” Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc. (NZMTC) has announced its annual result for the year ended 31 July 2015 in which it recorded an operating surplus of $274,371 after allowing for depreciation of $945,808. NZMTC Chairman Barry Dent said “this is our fifth consecutive annual operating surplus which assists the Club in building a sustainable financial environment for the benefit of all industry stakeholders.” This result was achieved whilst increasing returns to stakeholders by 9.5% during the 2014- 15 season with $7.55 million paid out in stakes and incentives. Further notable developments during the year included average starter numbers per race holding steady at 10.98 compared to a national average of 10.71, a record year reported from the Functions and Events Centre, the most commercially successful Cup Day in the Club’s history and the continued strengthening of our property portfolio to produce ongoing returns which underpin the long term financial performance of the Club. “These developments reflect our Strategic and Business Plans to future proof our Club,” Dent concluded. It was also extremely rewarding for the Club to be announced as the winner of the Retail/Hospitality Medium/Large Enterprise category at the prestigious 2015 Champion Canterbury Business Awards. This was a terrific thrill and due reward for a great 2014 calendar year, which was the timeframe being assessed. The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 12 October 2015 at 5.30 pm. The Annual Report can be viewed at Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club is delighted to announce an increase in its minimum stake level to $7,500 effective from 1 November. Club Chairman Barry Dent commented “Due to a solid 2014-15 financial performance and a strong start to this season, the Club was eager to continue to increase returns to stakeholders who choose to support us.” “The substantial increases in stakes and bonuses in recent years at the Raceway have been funded entirely from non-racing revenue and in particular from the success enjoyed by the Club’s Events Centre and property related initiatives. This was further endorsed with the recent announcement of Addington Raceway and Events Centre as a winner of the Medium/Large Retail/Hospitality category at the prestigious Champion Canterbury Business Awards.” “Our continued focus is ensuring any increases in stakes and bonuses here at the Raceway are sustainable and stakeholders can rely on these to be continued into the future. We are all trying to build a stronger harness racing industry in New Zealand and the foundation for that objective must come from sustainable increases in returns to all stakeholders.” “With stakes and bonuses up 20% here at Addington since 2012, we are certainly trying our best to play a key role in building this base and this further increase in the minimum stake to $7,500 will, I am sure, be well received by all industry participants.” Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

Following eight successful running’s of the harness racing Seasonal Super Series held at Addington, the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (Met) will stage a ninth Alabar Super Series on Friday 9 October 2015. As well as some prominent trainers including Robert Dunn, Terry and Glenys Chmiel, Ken Barron, Tim Butt, Jamie Gameson, Nigel McGrath, Brendon McLellan, Cran Dalgety, Robbie Holmes, Brendon Hill, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Nathan Williamson and Phil Williamson cashing in, wins have been achieved by Peter Bagrie, Brian Fahey, Gavin Cook, Craig Edmonds, Alex Hastie, Barry Ford, Don Ross, Noel Taylor and Kevin Townley. The ninth Series, to be staged also at Addington, will once again cater for lower grade horses with projected stakes totalling greater than $70,000 over three events. There will be opportunities for:  C0 pacers at 8 August 2015 – Stake $23,500  C1 to C2 pacers at 8 August 2015 – Stake $23,500  C0 to C2 trotters at 8 August 2015 – Stake $23,500 All starters in these races are to receive a minimum stake of $500. There is no enrolment fee payable. Field selection will be based on a points system. To qualify to start in these races on 9 October 2015, a horse must have started at least once at a Met meeting between 21 August 2015 and 2 October 2015. With five Met meetings at Addington during this period there is ample opportunity for owners and trainers to prepare their horses for the series. It is the intention of the NZMTC that a similar series will take place on 12 February 2016 under like conditions. Full details and conditions are to follow and can be viewed Alternatively, please call Brian, Richard or Colin at Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

Last month saw the running of the South of the Waitaki River Harness Racing Series held over three heats and culminating in a final at Addington Raceway on 31 July. The series catered for three year old and older pacers assessed at C1 at the closing of nominations for heat one, whilst being registered in the name of a trainer(s) based south of the Waitaki River as at 10 April. Held for the first time in July the series was well supported with 32 starters over the heats and final. The Trevor Proctor trained Tact Tate took out the $12,000 final and was also a heat winner. The Brendon “Snow” McLellan trained Wick was the winner of two heats. Snow commented “It gave me the opportunity to race some talented horses in races for good stakes at a quiet time of the year for us and we’ll be back up next year if the series returns.” The series saw a good level of tote turnovers with strong results showing support on and off the track from punters. The second heat on 16 July recorded $81,000 in total turnover, 25% above the average race figure for that meeting. It is the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s intention to run the series again in July next year given the positive feedback received and the support from those involved. The South of the Waitaki River race held for the first time on Show Day during Cup Week last year when won by the Tony Barron trained Phoenix Warrior, will once again take place in 2015. This year will see a new sponsor with Brent and Sheree McIntyre’s Macca Lodge located in Riversdale, Northern Southland supporting the $20,000 race. To add further flavour from the south well known southern commentator Dave McDonald will be venturing north to call the race. Details about the “Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki River” will be posted shortly  on Ged Mooar Addington Raceway

We are thrilled to announce that we are a finalist in the 2015 Champion Canterbury Business Awards, Retail/Hospitality category for a medium to large enterprise. One of three finalists we’re competing with Black Betty and High Country Salmon. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Chairman Barry Dent commented “this is a fantastic achievement for the organisation and staff and is one we will celebrate. The award is a culmination of a lot of hard work and effort from a lot of people across the business. There were a record number of entries this year and as Chairman I’m proud of the success.” The Awards ceremony where the winner will be announced is at Horncastle Arena on Wednesday 16 September. Ged Mooar  

It’s just under four months to New Zealand’s most prestigious harness racing racing carnival with Cup Week in Christchurch, with the highlight being Cup Day at Addington on Tuesday 10 November and the running of the celebrated Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup. Addington is pleased to announce that this spring the Cup will be run for $750,000 and the Woodlands New Zealand Free For All on Show Day, Friday 13 November for $250,000 which represents a total of $1 million in stakes on offer. This equates to a combined increase of $100,000 on 2014 levels. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Chairman Mr Barry Dent commented “Given the increases in stakes for both the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup and the Woodlands New Zealand Free For All, I am sure the club will attract and the public will get to see the very best Australasian standardbreds racing during Cup Week. November can’t come soon enough.” The initial nomination fee of $375 plus GST for the Group One $750,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup is due on Wednesday 12 August at 3pm NZ time. There is no early nomination fee for the Woodlands New Zealand Free For All. For full details including breakdowns of stakes on the Cup and Free For All please visit Alternatively please contact Brian, Richard or Colin at Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

Since the inception of the Met Multiplier in the 2012/13 harness racing season a total of 67 pacers or trotters have won the bonus equating to a total pay-out of over half a million dollars.   26 have won the bonus this season. Each bonus is $7,500 with $5,000 going to the owners and $2,500 to the trainer.   Leading the way with eight bonuses is prominent trainer Robert Dunn with his winners taking home an additional $60,000 on top of stakes won.   His last runner to earn the bonus was the five year old mare She’s Got It who put her foot in the till on 22 May.   Bruce Hutton with five comes in next followed by Mark Jones and Murray Edmonds with three bonuses each.   There are plenty of trainers who have managed to win two Met Multipliers including Mike Austin, John Bromley, Jim Curtin, Kevin Townley, Phil Burrows, Brad Mowbray and John McDermott.   The scheme is designed to encourage trainers to support the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) with a lucrative incentive for the connections.   To earn a Met Multiplier a horse has to start at a NZMTC meeting a minimum of 15 times over a 12 month rolling period and be placed 1st or dead heat for 1st in one of those qualifying starts.   So that means that your horse has 12 months to have the 15 starts and gain one win from when it first starts at a NZMTC meeting. E.g. A horse that has its first start at Addington on 1 June 2015 must have a minimum of 15 starts at NZMTC meetings and be placed first in one of those starts by 31 May 2016.   Horses that have had more than 15 starts and are yet to win can still qualify as long as they win a race within their 12 month period and at the same time satisfy the 15-start criteria within that time period.   Full details and conditions of The Met Multiplier Reward can be found under the Racing - Promotions and Incentives section at or contact Brian, Richard or Colin at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.   Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

Patrons on track will notice a brand new large Digital Display on course at our next race meeting, this Easter Saturday night, 4 April. The big LED screen measuring approximately nine metres x five metres, will be located immediately adjacent to the Winning Post in front of the Metropolitan Stand and will show live races from the track, pre-race totes and post-race dividends. Replacing the tote board in the inner track area, the Digital Screen will enhance the experience for on course patrons providing a modern structure incorporating leading edge technology. Easter Saturday night also sees champion pacer Terror To Love race for the last time in the Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms / All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup, a race he won in 2013. The Terror will lead the field out for the Cup with a montage including his three great Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup wins showing on the large screen whilst he parades. There’ll be promotions on course including a double happy hour, Terror To Love caps, posters and a 1000 Easter Eggs given away and a life sized cut out figure of the champ hitched to a sulky for those keen to take part and have their photo taken.  The champ will be officially farewelled on the The Breeders New Zealand Oaks Night on Friday 15 May before he enters his new career as a stallion where he’ll stand at Pinelea Farm in Weedons,Canterbury. There’ll be a presentation made by The Met to his connections, on-course promotions and The Terror will parade for his fans. Let’s hope the champ bows out with a victory this Saturday night and adds another Group 1 to his impressive resume. Who can ever forget those three second Tuesdays in November made famous by one of our equine greats.  Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

24 March 2015 - Three-times Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Terror To Love will start for a final time when he lines up in the Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms / All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup on Easter Saturday, the 4th April. A race he won in 2013. “The King”, as he is known to many in the industry, lines up in this Friday’s Group Three $25,000 Gordon Roxburgh Free-For-All, before facing the starters tape for the final time in the Easter Cup over his favourite 3200 metre distance where he’ll lead the field out onto the track. It’s appropriate that he finishes his racing career at his favourite racetrack, he’s won 16 of his 32 starts at Addington, the champ will bow out as one of the greatest pacers we have ever seen with his career highlight undoubtedly being crowned a three-time winner of New Zealand’s holy grail, the New Zealand Trotting Cup. A feat only equalled by two other great pacers - Indianapolis and False Step many years ago. That won’t be the last time fans will get to see “The Terror” though. The winner of over a staggering $2.4 million will be back to be officially farewelled on The Breeders New Zealand Oaks Night at Addington on Friday 15 May, before entering his new career as a stallion where he’ll stand at Pinelea Farm in Weedons, Canterbury. Fans will get the opportunity to see “The Terror” on the night. He’ll parade up the home straight, a presentation hosted by The Met will take place and there’ll be promotions throughout the evening to honour one of the greatest equine athletes ever to grace the racetracks of Australasia. Adding to this, his owner Terry McDonald will be generously donating a stallion service for Terror To Love which will no doubt be warmly received, as there’ll be a large number of breeders on course attending a function on Oaks Night. Make sure you are at Addington to see “The Terror” and be part of a farewell he so richly deserves. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager

Premier harness racing is back at harness headquarters with the next three weeks stacked with Group races at the elite level. Next Friday 20 March sees five Group races. There’s the Group One $100,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes for fillies and mares, the Group Two $40,000 Vero Flying Stakes for three year old pacers, the Group Two $40,000 Resource Recycling Superstars Championship for four and five year old pacers, the Group Two $25,000 Storer Motors NZ Trotting Oaks for 3 year old trotting fillies and the Group Three $25,000 Lamb & Hayward Four & Five Year Old Trotting Championship. It gets even better for the following Friday, the 27 March. The undoubted highlight is the running of the Group One $200,000 Muscara Standardbreds NZ Derby which will draw the country’s best three year old pacers. Accompanying the pacers Derby is the Group One $80,000 NZ Trotting Derby and the Group One $80,000 Fred Shaw Memorial NZ Trotting Championship for open trotters The two year old pacers shoot for glory in the Group Two $40,000 Avon City Ford Welcome Stakes and the race for the open pacers is the Group Three $25,000 Gordon Roxburgh Free-For-All sponsored by the Islington Tavern. Not only will these fields be filled with star studded standardbreds, the remainder of the card with stakes at a minimum of $20,000, will attract quality horseflesh. The exhilarating harness action doesn’t end there with the Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms / All Stars Racing Easter Cup scheduled for Easter Saturday, 4 April. Plenty of action coming up at Addington over the next three weeks, so get along to the track to witness the thrill of harness racing at it’s very best. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager  

24 February 2015 - Harness racing nominations closed recently with the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club for the running of the 2015 Group One New Zealand Oaks at Addington on Friday 15 May. At the time of closing 34 three year old fillies had been nominated for the prestigious event that this year carries a total stake of $150,000, an increase of $50,000 from 2013. Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt was happy with the number of nominations. “The level of nominations was as expected for this important event. Our three year old filly crop this year is of high quality and we’ll be looking forward to hopefully carding a full field on 15 May.” Any horse not nominated, may upon making the first late entry fee of $750 plus GST per horse become eligible. This fee is due no later than 3pm NZ time on Monday 11 March. A fixed odds book on the nominations will be released by Stephen Richardson and his team at the TAB this Thursday around lunchtime. A full list of nominations can be viewed below Ged Mooar

Addington is pleased to announce that two of the main races on a premier night’s racing on Friday 30 January have new sponsors. The Group 3 Summer Cup and Group 3 Summer Trotting Free-For-All, both with stakes for $25,000, will be named the United Steel Metalcraft Roofing Summer Cup and Teltrac Communications Ltd Summer Trotting Free-For-All respectively. United Steel and Metalcraft Roofing are both long-time supporters and sponsors at adington and operate under the United Industries Group of Companies that was formed in 1991. Drawing on the expertise of some of the steel industry’s most experienced people; the United Steel team prides itself on making the specification and use of steel as simple and economical as possible. Metalcraft Roofing is New Zealand’s largest and privately owned building products roll former and installer, with an extensive range of long run roofing profiles, metal tiles and rainwater systems solutions. Teltrac Communications, with branches in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin, has also been a sponsor at Addington for many years. The company started in 1991 in Christchurch with just 14 staff and now has over 70 skilled staff across the five cities. Teltrac Communications Limited has a diverse range of telecommunications products with specialised divisions focusing on distinct telecommunications products sets. Further information about United Steel and Metalcraft Roofing can be found at To find out more about Teltrac Communications visit Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington 

Addington is thrilled to report some extraordinary results for their turnovers and attendances during  Cup Week. Combined turnover for 2014 Cup Week totalled a staggering $10,351,691 showing a huge increase  on the 2013 figures of $1,782,932 or 20.8%. Cup Day continues to head domestic racing events by some margin with combined turnover figures  coming in at over $6.88 million an increase of over 20% on last year, whilst Show Day combined  figures for 2014 were $3.47 million an increase of nearly 22% on 2013.  An astounding $1.919 million was waged on the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup. Whist the wagering was hot on and off course; attendances were also up across both premier days  racing with nearly 28,000 attending.  Chairman at The Met Barry Dent commented “that the Club could not have wished for a better Cup Week. "Whilst the weather played its part I think we can also attribute some other key factors to the  success." "Champion pacer Terror To Love gunning for his fourth Cup and a place in history certainly  spiced up the lead in and we also received a significant increase in mainstream media coverage with  the announcement of our VIP Shane Warne." "The amount of media mentions and stories triggered by these was far greater than previous years and certainly put the event and the Cup Day brand into the limelight." "Also, the dedicated Trackside TV coverage on Cup Day was a positive.” “Having a complete and continual cell phone coverage right throughout the day also impacted  positively on Cup Day with no hick-ups this year. "The large crowd seemed to arrive early on course and stayed for most of the day which meant more spend through the tote particularly via smartphone.” “On Show Day we hosted the inaugural Kiwi Punters Championship (KPC) and this event contributed  nearly $300,000 on course; a super result. " "The winner took home $50,000 and this is a concept that we’ll look to undertake again next year.” “It is wonderful that the combined turnover for the week is the second highest recorded in the last 20  years and is a great result for the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club and the NZ harness racing industry.” Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

If champion pacer Terror To Love wins his fourth Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup  tomorrow at Addington he’ll write his name in the history books by becoming the only standardbred  ever to accomplish the feat.  What an achievement that would be.  If this happens, Addington will open the gates to all and provide FREE ENTRY on Show Day,  Friday 14 November. Show Day features the running of the Hellers Dominion and the Woodlands Free For All.  For those patrons that have pre-purchased Show Day tickets a refund will be available. Dash ticketing will automatically refund any on-line purchases and any cash sales can be refunded through the Addington Office on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 November.  Make sure you are at Addington tomorrow for Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day.  The first race is scheduled at 12.05pm and the Cup goes to post at 5.15pm.  At stake is $700,000 in prize money – a $50,000 increase on last year – cementing the Christchurch  Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup as the richest standing start harness race in Australasia. Look out for a massive 1000sq. metre “Good Luck Terror To Love Banner” that will fly over the main  arterial routes of the city just after noon today and around the same time tomorrow. There’ll be 500 “Terror” caps given away to the first 500 patrons through the main entrance at Horncastle Arena from 9.30am when gates open. A crowd in excess of 20,000 is expected at Addington for the feature race and Addington  Management is reminding patrons heading to the raceway that an alcohol ban will be in place in and  around Addington Raceway and Events Centre from 9am to 10pm. The ban applies to the area bounded by Blenheim Road, Moorhouse Avenue, Lincoln Road, Wrights Road and Matipo Street and will be enforced by police. General Admission tickets are still available at $20 plus a booking fee, $30 on the Day. A limited number of Lindauer Lawn Tickets remain at $70 plus a booking fee. Information and Tickets at Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

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