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Waikato Bay Of Plenty HRC News – Thursday 16 May Thursday 16th May – Crack Up Quiz Night At The Races Crack Quiz night- SOLD OUT   But we still have race night dining available in the Skyline lounge which is open to the public and has everything you need for a great night out - views, delicious meals and full bar & tote facilities - doors open at 5pm! - reserve your table here: https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/event473 Thursday 6th June – Lads night at the races hosted by Jim from The Rock! It's our first Lads Night at Cambridge Raceway and we're setting the bar high. Along with an awesome night of horse racing, beers and bants, there will be celebrity dual sulky races - Featuring Jim & a couple of players from the Chiefs. Tickets are only $20 and include a Corona (or non-alcoholic drink) on arrival More info here: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/lads-night/   Alexandra Park – Friday 17 May Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs! We’re laying out the canvas and painting a spectacular night filled with glorious harness racing, fine dining, beautiful music and a hint of romance. Join us at Alexandra Park for our ever popular French Night in Top of the Park on Friday 24th May. Packages starting from $65 per person. Indulge in the festivity of Mid-Winter Christmas with Alexandra Park! Embrace the winter chills whilst enjoying the hottest harness racing New Zealand has to offer! With four function rooms and a variety of packages over four mid-winter Friday nights starting 21st June until 12th  July, there is something to suit everyone. Dream of mulled wine, an all-you-can-eat Christmas-themed buffet and lively social atmosphere. Explore the best Alexandra Park has to offer, but don’t forget to book quickly as these popular nights don’t last long. Book online at www.alexandrapark.co.nz. To find out more info, call 09 631 1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – 17 May IRT HARNESS JEWELS  - Remember to book your perfect spot! We are delighted to host the IRT Harness Jewels at Addington. Please see below details of all the festivities. Welcome Pre Function Dinner – Thursday 30 May 6.00pm Silks & Satin Lounge, Level 2 Metropolitan Stand Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, this special evening will celebrate the history of this wonderful event.  Included in the festivities will be the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Mark McNamara and Aaron White who through their commentaries, will highlight this special race series.  As part of this night HRNZ will present the IRT Harness Jewels colours to the leading set of connections in each category. Evening includes; Three course plated dinner Cash bar facilities available $70 per person $650 for a table of 10 To book or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz IRT in association with TAB Harness Jewels Golf Day – Friday 31 May This is a Four Ball Best Ball Stableford event to be held at the Templeton Golf Club.  The day will start with a pre-game BBQ from 10.30am with teams teeing off from 11.30am.  There will be a prize giving post game. Individual $50 per player Sponsorship $250+GST per hold including a team of 4 To book or for more information please contact Greg O’Connor at greg.o’connor@tab.co.nz IRT Harness Jewels – Hospitality Packages – Saturday 1 June Ruby Lounge Located on level 3 of the Metropolitan Stand, enjoy panoramic views over the track in a lounge setting with casual seating.   Ideal for groups of friends wanting the best views, in a more relaxed atmosphere where you can mix and mingle with other racing enthusiasts. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Ruby Lounge · Complimentary drink on arrival · Stand-up grazing stations with an array of antipasto and seafood platters, fresh salads, carvery meats, fresh breads, hot vegetables, and a dessert selection · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $195 per person Silks & Satin Lounge Soak up the atmosphere and excitement in one of our largest lounges on course. Located on level 2 of the Metropolitan Stand with uninterrupted views of the winning post, this is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after positions for those wanting the complete hospitality experience. Allocated seating is at shared tables of 10 people. Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Silks & Satin Lounge · Three course buffet lunch, including cold meats, seafood and salads, hot dishes, carvery, and mouth-watering desserts · All beverages included – premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Live entertainment · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $295 per person Spectators Punters Lounge This is the perfect place for racing enthusiasts wanting a relaxed and casual place to mix and mingle. Enjoy the comfort of lounge facilities with access to the front of the Lindauer Lawn to watch all the trackside action. Spectators also offers a large screen, bar leaners and casual seating. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to Spectators Punters Lounge · Continuous spit roast grazing stations including fresh vegetables, seasonal salads, pork, Canterbury lamb and sweet treats · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $125 per person      For hospitality bookings or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz All details and booking forms are also on our website – addington.co.nz. We are looking forward to hosting an outstanding day of our sport on Saturday 1 June.  Have a great week. From the Addington Team   Rangiora Harness Racing Club - 26 May – Pink Ribbon High Tea The Rangiora Harness Racing Club will be hosting a Pink Ribbon High Tea at their May 26 meeting, to help raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation. We're taking part in the Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign this year to help support Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's vital work. High Tea at the Rangiora Races -26th May 12:15 to 4:30 PM  Rangiora Racecourse, Westbelt Tickets $75.00, of which $20.00 goes towards the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. Phone: 021-738-007 Email: canterburycountryharness@gmail.com Get your friends together and glam yourselves up for a fabulous afternoons entertainment.  Tables of 6 and 10.  A glass of bubbles on arrival.  Prizes for best dressed and much more.................... The money raised will be used to fund research projects and medical grants to help improve survivorship, as well as support patients and their families during treatment and recovery. Donate today to help make zero deaths from breast cancer a reality. https://pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz/page/rangioraharnessracingclub   Nelson Harness Racing Club news – 7/9 June The Nelson Harness Racing Club’s winter race meeting will be on Friday June 7 and Sunday June 9. First race each day is scheduled for 11.30 am.  There is no gate charge and race books will be available from the secretary office and the driver’s room. The weather forecast (as always) is for fine weather so make sure you come on up and enjoy some Nelson sunshine and hospitality!! FOOD & BEVERAGES Hot food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff.  A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase in the bar and at the food and drink stalls. Don’t forget the famous scallop pies will be available from the OTB rooms!! BBQ & BREAKFASTS The club would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 6th June in the Waimea Room under the main grandstands from 5 -7pm.  The club are putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting.  There will be raffles available so bring a few coins. Breakfast will be again available from 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms.                                                                           Nelson Pine Industries are again sponsoring our Prelude and the Nelson Winter Cup which we are excited to announce will be for stakes of $10,000 and $14,000 respectively. Please note this is now a R56 & Faster race and you will be racing for stakes over the two days of $24000.                                  MIKE AUSTIN MEMORIAL TROT We will be again running the “Mike Austin Memorial Trot” this race is for R40 and faster trotters and will be run on the second day of the meeting over 2400m.  The winner will receive a trophy and a dress rug.  The club would like to thank Jill Austin and family as well as Blair & Lisa Orange for their support.  This race will be a wonderful tribute to “Mike” a great educator and trainer of the square gaiter and once a local Nelson lad. Just to note the R40 and faster Handicap trot on both days will be run over the 2400m distance. BEST PRESENTED HORSE The best presented horse in each race will win their trainer a bag of horse feed kindly provided by Dunstan Horse Feeds. PICK PINK We will be again running our Pink Pick Selections we will be asking drivers of the selected horse in each race to wear a pink helmet cover. We have had a really great run with this promotion so keep an eye on the picks. THE NELSON HRC RACE DAY ONE PROGRAM DAY TWO PROGRAM For nominations and stabling please contact Jason Broad (Race Day Secretary) on 03 5446616 or 021 127 2912 For all other inquiries please call Kristie Hill on 021621075.   Addington Raceway - IRT Harness Jewels News and Owner Privileges Harness Racing New Zealand and Addington Raceway would like to take this opportunity to notify all harness racing owners about the owner privileges on offer at the 2019 IRT Harness Jewels on Saturday 1 June 2019. This year all owners with a horse entered (including all members of a syndicate) will receive a welcome pack.  This year two drinks vouchers and two owner’s lanyards will be included in each pack.  Please wear these lanyards at all times to ensure you gain access to The Sapphires Lounge and The Stables. The Sapphires Lounge is for owners and members and is located on Level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand where it’s all about the racing. There will be large screens with all the live action, TAB facilities and a range of tasty deli food and cash bar facilities available (please note there is no allocated seating). Please present your owner’s lanyard to our host on arrival. The drinks vouchers can be redeemed in the Sapphires Lounge and/or at the owner’s bar on Blanc de Blanc Lawn (in front of the Breckon’s Winners Bar).   Owners are encouraged to enjoy their drink vouchers at the owner’s bar prior to their race before moving to the seating bowl to enjoy all the action. An email will be sent to all owners following the release of the final fields on Friday 24 May with full information.  The welcome packs are able to be collected from Addington Raceway’s Office from the following dates and times; Tuesday 28 May – Friday 31 May between 9.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 1 June from 10.30am onwards. Please note these will need to be collected by owners on an individual basis. Please also be aware that the health and safety of all patrons and licence holders is a priority for HRNZ and Addington Raceway, so there will be a limit of ten owners at a time visiting their horse in The Stables. Syndicate managers are asked to please be aware of this for health and safety reasons and plan to allow owners to see their horse in a safe manner in line with the guidelines. The festivities for the week commence with the Welcome Dinner on Thursday 30 May at 6.00pm at Addington Raceway.  Be sure to join us for dinner where the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Aaron White and Mark McNamara will reminisce about the Jewels History and preview Saturday’s Jewels line up.  To book tickets please visit https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/irt-harness-jewels-at-addington/irt-harness-jewels-welcome-dinner/ The hospitality options at Addington Raceway for the IRT Harness Jewels are also selling fast, so should you wish to enjoy the nine group one races from the comfort of our lounges and hospitality areas make sure you check out our options: https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/irt-harness-jewels-at-addington/irt-harness-jewels-hospitality/ General admission will be just a gold coin donation at the gate with all proceeds going to St John. Good luck to those with horses on the leader board and also over the final stages of qualifying. We look forward to seeing you all at the IRT Harness Jewels on Saturday 1 June. Jewels front line limit Owners and trainers are reminded that the front line limits for all Jewels races will be 8. Overall field size for the Jewels is 12 plus 1 ballot (11 New Zealand runners plus 1 Australian invite or 12 New Zealand runners). With all races being over 1980m from the mobile gate it is in the best interest of the punter to have consistent front line limits on this day. Should the ballot draw on the front line and not regain a start the configuration may be 7 on the front line and 5 on the second line instead of 8 and 4. IRT Harness Jewels Celebration Dinner – Thursday 30 May Hosted by Addington Raceway and HRNZ, the IRT Harness Jewels Celebration dinner will be held at Addington Raceway on Thursday 30 May from 6pm. Join us for dinner where we will look back at the previous 12 years of this wonderful concept. This will include Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Aaron White and Mark McNamara reminiscing on the Jewels history. Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, the night will include a preview of Saturday’s Jewels and recognition of some of the unsung heroes. It will also include the presentation of tour leaders colours to the leading connections in each section of this year’s series from both New Zealand and Australia. Tickets are $70 per person, or $650 for a table of ten, and includes a drink on arrival, three course plated dinner and cash bar facilities. To book or for more information visit www.addington.co.nz or call 03 339 7908.   HRNZ Marketing

Alexandra Park – Friday 10 May Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs! We’re laying out the canvas and painting a spectacular night filled with glorious harness racing, fine dining, beautiful music and a hint of romance. Join us at Alexandra Park for our ever popular French Night in Top of the Park on Friday 24th May. Packages starting from $65 per person. Indulge in the festivity of Mid-Winter Christmas with Alexandra Park! Embrace the winter chills whilst enjoying the hottest harness racing New Zealand has to offer! With four function rooms and a variety of packages over four mid-winter Friday nights starting 21st June until 12th  July, there is something to suit everyone. Dream of mulled wine, an all-you-can-eat Christmas-themed buffet and lively social atmosphere. Explore the best Alexandra Park has to offer, but don’t forget to book quickly as these popular nights don’t last long. Book online at www.alexandrapark.co.nz. To find out more info, call 09 631 1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz   Addington Raceway and Events Centre IRT HARNESS JEWELS  - Remember to book your perfect spot! We are delighted to host the IRT Harness Jewels at Addington. Please see below details of all the festivities. Welcome Pre Function Dinner – Thursday 30 May 6.00pm Silks & Satin Lounge, Level 2 Metropolitan Stand Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, this special evening will celebrate the history of this wonderful event.  Included in the festivities will be the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Mark McNamara and Aaron White who through their commentaries, will highlight this special race series.  As part of this night HRNZ will present the IRT Harness Jewels colours to the leading set of connections in each category. Evening includes; Three course plated dinner Cash bar facilities available $70 per person $650 for a table of 10 To book or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz IRT in association with TAB Harness Jewels Golf Day – Friday 31 May This is a Four Ball Best Ball Stableford event to be held at the Templeton Golf Club.  The day will start with a pre-game BBQ from 10.30am with teams teeing off from 11.30am.  There will be a prize giving post game. Individual $50 per player Sponsorship $250+GST per hold including a team of 4 To book or for more information please contact Greg O’Connor at greg.o’connor@tab.co.nz IRT Harness Jewels – Hospitality Packages – Saturday 1 June Ruby Lounge Located on level 3 of the Metropolitan Stand, enjoy panoramic views over the track in a lounge setting with casual seating.   Ideal for groups of friends wanting the best views, in a more relaxed atmosphere where you can mix and mingle with other racing enthusiasts. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Ruby Lounge · Complimentary drink on arrival · Stand-up grazing stations with an array of antipasto and seafood platters, fresh salads, carvery meats, fresh breads, hot vegetables, and a dessert selection · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $195 per person Silks & Satin Lounge Soak up the atmosphere and excitement in one of our largest lounges on course. Located on level 2 of the Metropolitan Stand with uninterrupted views of the winning post, this is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after positions for those wanting the complete hospitality experience. Allocated seating is at shared tables of 10 people. Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Silks & Satin Lounge · Three course buffet lunch, including cold meats, seafood and salads, hot dishes, carvery, and mouth-watering desserts · All beverages included – premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Live entertainment · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $295 per person Spectators Punters Lounge This is the perfect place for racing enthusiasts wanting a relaxed and casual place to mix and mingle. Enjoy the comfort of lounge facilities with access to the front of the Lindauer Lawn to watch all the trackside action. Spectators also offers a large screen, bar leaners and casual seating. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to Spectators Punters Lounge · Continuous spit roast grazing stations including fresh vegetables, seasonal salads, pork, Canterbury lamb and sweet treats · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $125 per person      For hospitality bookings or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz All details and booking forms are also on our website – addington.co.nz. We are looking forward to hosting an outstanding day of our sport on Saturday 1 June.  Have a great week. From the Addington Team   Winton – Saturday 11 May LAST OF THE SEASON AT WINTON  The final harness race meeting of the season for the Winton Harness Racing Club takes place at Central Southland Raceway in Winton this Saturday. The race day incorporates the long standing Southland Master Plumbers Association Race Day with several races sponsored by businesses involved in the plumbing industry and a strong contingent of plumbing industry and Master Plumbers Assn representatives on course. The first race is timed to commence at 11.15am with eleven races throughout the day. On course patrons can win betting vouchers with two lucky losing ticket draws courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Nightcaps after Race 6.  Admission to the course is free! Harness racing at Winton will recommence in September after the winter break. Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day meeting and breakfast The annual Timaru Mother’s Day race meeting on Sunday 12 May will see the sixth edition of the club’s lady drivers races held at Phar Lap Raceway. Two penalty free lady driver races are programmed to be held at the race meeting, which will be sponsored once again by FLAIR and Brosnan’s Transport. Club President Elizabeth Shand is thrilled with the interest Canterbury female drivers have shown in the event. She says it’s important to the club to celebrate the achievements and support of all females in the harness racing community. “The aim of the day is to highlight women in our industry. We want to recognize and promote not just the female drivers but also the trainers, owners, stablehands and partners that are dedicated to harness racing and are great role models for the next generation,” said Shand. This year’s driving lineup features Ellie Barron,Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Loren Lester, Amber Lethaby, Mikayla Lewis, Siv Diamant, Sarah O’Reilly, Sam Ottley, Ashleigh Stewart, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Kerryn Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson and Jessica Young. The mother and daughter combination of Amanda, Kerryn and Sheree Tomlinson will add to the spectacle on Mother’s Day, being the first time a mother and her two daugthers have competed. A day that the club has used over the years to salute women in racing, this year they will be hosting a Mother’s Day Pink Ribbon breakfast in the Grey Way Lounge. The breakfast will start at 10am and everyone is welcome to attend. You can choose between a cooked breakfast for $15 and a continental for $10 and also make a donation to the Pink Ribbon Break Cancer Awareness campaign. The club will have a guest at the Breakfast in Jess Smith, Communications & Ownership Co-Ordinator for HRNZ. Jess will provide you with some tips for the days racing, and inform on ownership opportunities. Activities on the day include the annual Mother’s Day Quiz, a novelty race and prize draws will run throughout the day including the opportunity to win in the Ron Brown Jewellers Gold Watch Sweep. Children will be kept happy on the day too with activities including colouring competitions and the kids’ lucky number competition. Mother’s Day catering will be available oncourse for those who wish to make bookings to bring their family along to enjoy the atmosphere in the Grey Way Lounge. Just contact the club on 03-684-3400 or email secservices@xtra.co.nz    Waikato Bay Of Plenty HRC News Thursday 16th May – Crack Up Quiz Night At The Races Crack Quiz night- SOLD OUT   But we still have race night dining available in the Skyline lounge which is open to the public and has everything you need for a great night out - views, delicious meals and full bar & tote facilities - doors open at 5pm! - reserve your table here: https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/event473 Thursday 6th June – Lads night at the races hosted by Jim from The Rock! It's our first Lads Night at Cambridge Raceway and we're setting the bar high. Along with an awesome night of horse racing, beers and bants, there will be celebrity dual sulky races - Featuring Jim & a couple of players from the Chiefs. Tickets are only $20 and include a Corona (or non-alcoholic drink) on arrival More info here: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/lads-night/   Addington Raceway - IRT Harness Jewels News and Owner Privileges Harness Racing New Zealand and Addington Raceway would like to take this opportunity to notify all harness racing owners about the owner privileges on offer at the 2019 IRT Harness Jewels on Saturday 1 June 2019. This year all owners with a horse entered (including all members of a syndicate) will receive a welcome pack.  This year two drinks vouchers and an owner’s lanyard will be included in each pack.  Please wear these lanyards at all times to ensure you gain access to The Sapphires Lounge and The Stables. The Sapphires Lounge is for owners and members and is located on Level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand where it’s all about the racing. There will be large screens with all the live action, TAB facilities and a range of tasty deli food and cash bar facilities available (please note there is no allocated seating). Please present your owner’s lanyard to our host on arrival. The drinks vouchers can be redeemed in the Sapphires Lounge and/or at the owner’s bar on Blanc de Blanc Lawn (in front of the Breckon’s Winners Bar).   Owners are encouraged to enjoy their drink vouchers at the owner’s bar prior to their race before moving to the seating bowl to enjoy all the action. An email will be sent to all owners following the release of the final fields on Friday 24 May with full information.  The welcome packs are able to be collected from Addington Raceway’s Office from the following dates and times; Tuesday 28 May – Friday 31 May between 9.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 1 June from 10.30am onwards. Please note these will need to be collected by owners on an individual basis. Please also be aware that the health and safety of all patrons and licence holders is a priority for HRNZ and Addington Raceway, so there will be a limit of ten owners at a time visiting their horse in The Stables. Syndicate managers are asked to please be aware of this for health and safety reasons and plan to allow owners to see their horse in a safe manner in line with the guidelines. The festivities for the week commence with the Welcome Dinner on Thursday 30 May at 6.00pm at Addington Raceway.  Be sure to join us for dinner where the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Aaron White and Mark McNamara will reminisce about the Jewels History and preview Saturday’s Jewels line up.  To book tickets please visit https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/irt-harness-jewels-at-addington/irt-harness-jewels-welcome-dinner/ The hospitality options at Addington Raceway for the IRT Harness Jewels are also selling fast, so should you wish to enjoy the nine group one races from the comfort of our lounges and hospitality areas make sure you check out our options: https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/irt-harness-jewels-at-addington/irt-harness-jewels-hospitality/ General admission will be just a gold coin donation at the gate with all proceeds going to St John. Good luck to those with horses on the leader board and also over the final stages of qualifying. We look forward to seeing you all at the IRT Harness Jewels on Saturday 1 June. Jewels front line limit Owners and trainers are reminded that the front line limits for all Jewels races will be 8. Overall field size for the Jewels is 12 plus 1 ballot (11 New Zealand runners plus 1 Australian invite or 12 New Zealand runners). With all races being over 1980m from the mobile gate it is in the best interest of the punter to have consistent front line limits on this day. Should the ballot draw on the front line and not regain a start the configuration may be 7 on the front line and 5 on the second line instead of 8 and 4. IRT Harness Jewels Celebration Dinner – Thursday 30 May Hosted by Addington Raceway and HRNZ, the IRT Harness Jewels Celebration dinner will be held at Addington Raceway on Thursday 30 May from 6pm. Join us for dinner where we will look back at the previous 12 years of this wonderful concept. This will include Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Aaron White and Mark McNamara reminiscing on the Jewels history. Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, the night will include a preview of Saturday’s Jewels and recognition of some of the unsung heroes. It will also include the presentation of tour leaders colours to the leading connections in each section of this year’s series from both New Zealand and Australia. Tickets are $70 per person, or $650 for a table of ten, and includes a drink on arrival, three course plated dinner and cash bar facilities. To book or for more information visit www.addington.co.nz or call 03 339 7908.   HRNZ Marketing

Welcome to the Harness Half Hourpodcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week’s show features Southland trainer/driver Kirstin Barclay following her four win training haul with training partner Tank Ellis on Saturday – including the remarkable win by U May Cullect. We are live at Phar Lap Raceway, chatting to Timaru HRC President Elizabeth Shand about the upcoming Mother’s Day meeting. Junior driver Kerryn Tomlinson chats to us following her first pacing winning drive at Timaru with Sweet Mary and Canterbury owner Wendy Nordqvist explains why she loves harness racing ownership. All that plus our usual update with Bookie Richard Wilson.   HRNZ Marketing

The first two Australian representatives for the 2019 IRT Harness Jewels have today been confirmed.   Lulu Le Mans (2YO Diamond) and Major Occasion (4YO Diamond) have been invited to wear the Australian Jewels colours and compete in this year’s edition of the IRT Harness Jewels, to be held at Addington Raceway in Christchurch on Saturday 1 June.   A Kiwi bred daughter of Bettors Delight and Elusive Chick, Lulu Le Mans came to compete in New Zealand with two wins to her name and also group placings in the Group Two Sapling Stakes and Group Two Pink Bonnet.   Lulu Le Mans is trained by Aaron Goadsby and Mark Jones and is currently in New Zealand racing in the two-year-old fillies’ features.   She will compete again this week at Alexandra Park in the Magness Benrow NZ Sires Stakes Two-Year-Old Fillies Championship.   Major Occasion will fly the flag for Australia in the Four-Year-Old Diamond, and brings with her an impressive array of achievements in her homeland.   Major Occasion is trained by Chris Frisby and has recorded four wins from just ten starts alone this season, including the Group Two Sebelia Stakes over one mile in 1.50.4. She was also a game second in the Ladyship behind Dream About Me in March.   She also competed at the highest level as a three-year-old, finishing second in the Queeland Oaks to Sociable.   Interest from Australian connections this year has been extremely high, hot off the back of the strong showing from Australian horses in the Harness Jewels in 2018.   Although Shez All Rock became the first Australian Jewels winner last year at Cambridge, she was under the care of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. So we are yet to have an Australian trained Jewels victor.   More Australian invites will be announced in the near future.   To hear an interview with Aaron Goadsby (co-trainer of Lulu Le Mans) and Peter Ward (owner of Major Occasion) please follow this link:      Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

This weekend’s Easter Hawera meeting will see an intriguing point’s battle in the final stages of the North Island Country Cup series. This coming Monday will see the running of the final leg of the North Island Country Cup series, the Hawera Cup, which is currently being led on points by Alta Leonie. And based on current nominations there will be a close battle towards the top of the table to take out top honours. Current leader, Alta Leonie, features in the current nominations and is on 70 points. She has had a stellar season to date for trainer Kyle Marshall, with four wins including the Stratford Cup and the Otaki Cup so far. But with the Hawera Cup being a double point’s race in the series it gives a serious chance to horses not far off the pace. The Night Hawk is second on 66 points, Mister Harris is third on 54 points and Comic Book Hero is fourth on 47 points. With double points the winner of the Hawera Cup will gain 34 points, second 24 points, third 18 points, fourth 14 points, fifth 10 points, sixth 6 points, seventh four points and all other runners gain 2 points. In the other competitions, the Canterbury Country Cup series has been completed and was won on points by Airpark Flyer for trainer Trent Yesberg and owners Graeme Harris and Heather Jerard. The son of Dali had a herculean season, coming into it with just one career win to his name, he was able to amass six wins from just 13 starts in 2018/19. This season alone he’s earned over $52,000 in stakes. Those wins included Canterbury Country Cup success in the Westport Cup, and also placings in the Geraldine Cup, Reefton Cup and Amberley Cup. He also won the Riverton Cup and Waikouaiti Cup outside of his home region. In Southland there is still one race to go in their series, the Regent Car Court Handicap on April 29th, and although the race does provide double points, the Southern Country Cup series will go to Sagwitch who has an unassailable lead on the points table. Sagwitch has been a model of consistency for trainer Syd Breen who also co-owns the five-year-old son of Lis Mara with Paul and Nancy Matheson. Sagwitch has had three wins this season to date, all of which remarkably have been Country Cup races. He claimed victories in the Winton Businesses Cup, the Wyndham Cup and the Summer Cup at the Northern Southland meeting and also placed second in the Gore Grass Cup and was also second in the Waikouaiti Cup to Airpark Flyer.   HRNZ Marketing

Racing Minister Winston Peters says the Government will introduce two new pieces of legislation this year to revitalise the domestic racing industry. Cabinet this week considered its response to the ‘Messara Review of the Racing Industry’ as well as advice from the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Racing. “The New Zealand racing industry is in a state of serious decline. The Coalition Government supports the overall intent of the Messara Report and is committed to reforms. We know we have the grass, the race animals, and the people to help the industry achieve its potential,” said Mr Peters.    “As a result, Cabinet has agreed to a stepped approach with the introduction of two Bills to amend the Racing Act 2003.” The first Bill, due to be enacted by 1 July 2019, will put into immediate effect a transitional governance arrangement.  This Bill proposes the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) be reconstituted as the Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) to drive the transition of the industry. This Bill will also bring some financial relief for the industry by making offshore betting operators contribute to domestic racing and sports codes from the bets they take from New Zealanders. “It is essential to have this transitional governance in place.  RITA will have a legislative mandate that encompasses change management as well as the current business-as-usual functions and powers of the NZRB,” said Mr Peters. “As a result of RITA’s work the government anticipates a second racing amendment Bill to proceed later in 2019.  It will implement the remaining reforms including post-transition governance,” he said. The Cabinet papers are being proactively released as well as the MAC interim report. They can be found here: www.dia.govt.nz/racing-review   RT HON WINSTON PETERS

TAB News March/April NZ Bonus Quaddies Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in March & April there will be a Bonus Quaddie on a NZ meeting. Thoroughbreds: $25k Bonus Late Quaddie every Saturday Harness: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Sunday - Sun 31 March Methven Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie on Races 2, 3, 4 & 5 Greyhounds: $5k Bonus Late Quaddie every Friday evening Pick6 this Week Thu 28 March $25k Guaranteed at Forbury Park Night Harness Fri 29 March $25k Guaranteed at Addington Night Harness   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 30 March Hello Everyone, We continue to have phenomenal racing each Friday!  Race 1 this week is 5.11pm. Good luck everyone!  We also have another couple of one off events for you to consider.  Blyth Tait Dinner – Thursday 11 April 6pm We are extremely fortunate to have Trackside’s Box Seat Greg O’Connor and Racing Commentator Mark McNamara be the Masters of Ceremonies at this event.  Please join us to hear what the one and only Blyth Tait’s plans are for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo whilst enjoying a mouth watering two course plated dinner.  Tickets are $75 per person and $700 per table of 10.  A drink on arrival is included in this price, as well as $10 of every ticket sold will be donated to Eventing Canterbury!  To book your tickets please call 03 338 9094 or book online -  visit addington.co.nz. Punters Challenge – BE IN TO WIN $4,000 – Friday 5 April Our next 5 star race meeting has excellent Group Races on the cards.  A great opportunity to enter a team for the Punters Challenge.  Entry Fee is $610 per team, of which $10 per team goes to St John and Ronald McDonald House. Entries and enquires to Richard Bromley, Email: richard@addington.co.nz.  Entries close: 5pm Thursday 4 April 2019.  Happy Punting! IRT Harness Jewels – Let’s Celebrate, book your spot today! Welcome Pre Function Dinner – Thursday 30 May 6.00pm Silks & Satin Lounge, Level 2 Metropolitan Stand Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, this special evening will celebrate the history of this wonderful event.  Included in the festivities will be the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Mark McNamara and Aaron White who through their commentaries, will highlight this special race series.  As part of this night HRNZ will present the IRT Harness Jewels colours to the leading set of connections in each category. Evening includes; Three course plated dinner Cash bar facilities available $70 per person $650 for a table of 10 To book or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz IRT in association with TAB Harness Jewels Golf Day – Friday 31 May This is a Four Ball Best Ball Stableford event to be held at the Templeton Golf Club.  The day will start with a pre-game BBQ from 10.30am with teams teeing off from 11.30am.  There will be a prize giving post game. Individual $50 per player Sponsorship $250+GST per hold including a team of 4 To book or for more information please contact Greg O’Connor at greg.o’connor@tab.co.nz IRT Harness Jewels – Hospitality Packages – Saturday 1 June Ruby Lounge Located on level 3 of the Metropolitan Stand, enjoy panoramic views over the track in a lounge setting with casual seating.   Ideal for groups of friends wanting the best views, in a more relaxed atmosphere where you can mix and mingle with other racing enthusiasts. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Ruby Lounge · Complimentary drink on arrival · Stand-up grazing stations with an array of antipasto and seafood platters, fresh salads, carvery meats, fresh breads, hot vegetables, and a dessert selection · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $195 per person Silks & Satin Lounge Soak up the atmosphere and excitement in one of our largest lounges on course. Located on level 2 of the Metropolitan Stand with uninterrupted views of the winning post, this is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after positions for those wanting the complete hospitality experience. Allocated seating is at shared tables of 10 people. Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Silks & Satin Lounge · Three course buffet lunch, including cold meats, seafood and salads, hot dishes, carvery, and mouth-watering desserts · All beverages included – premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Live entertainment · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $295 per person Spectators Punters Lounge This is the perfect place for racing enthusiasts wanting a relaxed and casual place to mix and mingle. Enjoy the comfort of lounge facilities with access to the front of the Lindauer Lawn to watch all the trackside action. Spectators also offers a large screen, bar leaners and casual seating. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to Spectators Punters Lounge · Continuous spit roast grazing stations including fresh vegetables, seasonal salads, pork, Canterbury lamb and sweet treats · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $125 per person For hospitality bookings or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz All details and booking forms are also on our website – addington.co.nz. We look forward to hosting you all. Have a great week. From the Addington Team   Invercargill – Saturday 30 March The annual Regent Race Day takes place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday 30 March in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club. Two ANZ Premiership double passes to the Ascot Park Hotel Steel versus Pulse game on Monday 6 May will be up for grabs during the day in a unique competition. At some point during the day two cars from the public car park with Regent Car Court number plate surrounds will be selected at random with the owner of the each of the cars selected given one of the double passes.      There are eight races on the programme with the first at 12.30pm. A free bag of lollies for all the children on course will be handed out after Race 6 while a Level One Restaurant & Bar voucher to the value of $50 will be won by lucky draw from all losing tote tickets after Race 6. Features include the Southland Harness Awards Ladyship Final Mobile Pace run over 2200m for a stake of $12,000. Admission is free.   Methven Trotting Club - 31 March The Methven Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for our final Autumn meeting on Sunday March 31 the big feature on the day being the Woodlands Mt Hutt Country Cup over the 3,000m distance. Recent rain has improved the track which was starting to feel  the effects of a dry 6 weeks. A big focus on the day will be an attempt to assist Pete Davis and Margo Nyhan with the club encouraging a gold coin donation the proceeds of which will be added to by the Methven Club and given to the pair in whichever means would be of most assistance. Go well and lots of love  Pete and Margo friend to so many in our local  harness community. Kudos to committeeman Nigel Armstrong for all his efforts in this cause. The club has arranged for former local Maurice McKendry to be guest driver and with  Morrie in the twilight of his career it may well be the last chance for locals to see this very popular and talented horseman in action. Maurice is the winner of 3239 races and stakes of $28,474,507 and the club is very serious about getting Maurice driving in every race and hoping to set something up through the T.A.B. whereby he goes head to head with our other local horseman Ricky May the winner of 2901 races and $31,357,872 in stakes. Anyone who can help us with an opportunity for Maurice please ring Richard Bromley 021888900 or Mike Heenan 0272999604.   Rangiora Harness Racing Club – 7 and 14 April Rangiora Harness Racing Club will be holding its Rangiora Classic Race Day on Sunday 14th April, the second of two meetings in April, the other meeting held on Sunday 7th April. The feature event will be the Airpark Canterbury Rangiora Classic, a Group Three Free For All carrying a stake of $30,000. This race has attracted some of the country’s best pacers in past years and the Club is hoping for a top field again this year. A second feature race on the programme is the Kotare Downs Rangiora Three Year Old Stakes for a stake of $13,000. This race provides an opportunity for, to date lesser performed horses to win a significant feature race before the end of their three year old season. This race has gone from strength to strength in recent years and the Club is looking forward to another exciting event this year. The winners of both races will receive silver trophies and dress rugs. The fillies and mares race for 3yo & older race horses on the card for this meeting will see the winner receive a free service to Terror to Love kindly donated by Harcourt Lodge.   HRNZ Marketing

PHENOMENIAL RACING COMING UP AT ADDINGTON Racing is heating up at Addington later in March and early April, so be sure to secure your Trackside Dining delicious packages with mouth-watering dishes and beverages in advance (Booking details are below).   The Group races on the March 22 include Storer Motors New Zealand Trotting Oaks, Lamb & Hayward 4 & 5 year Old Trotting Championship, Vero Flying Stakes and Teltrac Communications Ltd FFA. The Storer Motors New Zealand Trotting Oaks promises to be an even affair with mixed results in the last few meetings between the likes of Cheerful, Majestic Chevron, Sunny’s Little Jestic and Swiss Miss. The Lamb & Hayward 4 & 5 Year Old Trotting Championship looks just as wide open with no single trotter in this age group being able to assert their own dominance.  However, one looking to stand out from the crowd in recent starts is Majestic Man who is starting to put together a handy record.  Others that look to have major chances are Kings Landing, Over The Love, Sundees Son and Winterfell.  The Vero Flying Stakes looks to have a more straight forward element to it, Ultimate Sniper looks to be the leading 3 Year Old male pacer this season although the chasing pack have closed the gap in recent weeks with stablemate Jesse Duke being the first to beat Ultimate Sniper, while another to keep an eye on is Supreme Dominator.  The Teltrac Communications Ltd FFA looks to be a good lead in to the Breckon Farms & All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup, runners who could compete are Henry Hubert who coming off a hot run at Invercargill A G’s White Socks tried hard in defeat. Being a lead up race for the Group 1 Easter Cup there will be hope around having Jack’s Legend, On The Cards and Star Galleria down to contest these races.   April 5 brings the second 5 Star Meeting of Autumn and it promises to be a night of action. The New Zealand Trotting Derby, last year Luby Lou out classed the boys. Enhance Your Calm will be looking to continue his domination of the age group. Of the chasing bunch Full Noise, Get Lucky and Lotamuscle could be contenders in this race.  The Fred Shaw Memorial New Zealand Trotting Championship should host a range of talent including ‘Used To Me’ @ Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot winner Marcoola will be one of the leading hopes along with other stars Speeding Spur and Ronald J.  An interesting runner could be the returning champion Monbet who will be looking to return to the heights of form before some serious injuries.  The Avon City Ford New Zealand Welcome Stakes should get a field of gun 2 Year Olds, the most promising so far is the outstanding colt Smooth Deal who when doing things right has looked a step or two ahead of his rivals. Stablemates Copperfield, Flying Even Bettor and Virgil look to be his main dangers.  In the Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Pacing Derby the Vero Flying Stakes winner will bring advantage into this coveted race, Ultimate Sniper has looked the best of the crop so far this season and is there any reason why he can’t add another Group 1 Feature to his resume?  Finally the Breckon Farms & All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup, in a race which historically has produced many great Grand Circuit Stars the depth of the race will depend on Inter-Island raiders. Jack’s Legend looks to be bouncing back to the best version of himself racking together winning his last four races in a row, he could come into this race as the leading hope but last year’s winner A G’s White Socks will put up a fight along with other northerner Star Galleria. Sheriff returned to the winners circle recently and if he continues to improve he can feature also.   Watch this space!  Good luck to everyone!      For bookings or for more information about Trackside Dining packages please contact Deb d’Guild on 338 9094 or deb.dguild@addington.co.nz    The Upcoming 5 Star Race Meeting Programmes; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/032232pg.htm  March 22  https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/040532pg.htm  April 5 (Tentative)  We look forward to welcoming you all to the track. Have a great week. From the Addington Team   Methven Trotting Club - 31 March  The Methven Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for our final Autumn meeting on Sunday March 31 the big feature on the day being the Woodlands Mt Hutt Country Cup over the 3,000m distance. Recent rain has improved the track which was starting to feel  the effects of a dry 6 weeks. A big focus on the day will be an attempt to assist Pete Davis and Margo Nyhan with the club encouraging a gold coin donation the proceeds of which will be added to by the Methven Club and given to the pair in whichever means would be of most assistance. Go well and lots of love  Pete and Margo friend to so many in our local  harness community. Kudos to committeeman Nigel Armstrong for all his efforts in this cause. The club has arranged for former local Maurice McKendry to be guest driver and with  Morrie in the twilight of his career it may well be the last chance for locals to see this very popular and talented horseman in action. Maurice is the winner of 3239 races and stakes of $28,474,507 and the club is very serious about getting Maurice driving in every race and hoping to set something up through the T.A.B. whereby he goes head to head with our other local horseman Ricky May the winner of 2901 races and $31,357,872 in stakes. Anyone who can help us with an opportunity for Maurice please ring Richard Bromley 021888900 or Mike Heenan 0272999604. See you under the mountains on the 31st Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   March/April NZ Bonus Quaddies Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in March & April there will be a Bonus Quaddie on a NZ meeting. Thoroughbreds: $25k Bonus Late Quaddie every Saturday Harness: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Sunday Greyhounds: $5k Bonus Late Quaddie every Friday evening Fri 15 Mar Wanganui Dogs: $5k BONUS Quaddie on the Last 4 Races. Sat 16 Mar Trentham Races: $25k BONUS Quaddie on the Last 4 Races. Sun 17 Mar Motukarara Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie on Races 2, 3, 4 & 5 Australian Bonus Pools Sat 16 Mar Flemington Races: A$300k BONUS First4 All Start Mile Pick6 this Week… JACKPOT Tue 12 Mar $20k TERMINATING at Palmerston North Twilight Harness Wed 13 Mar $25k Guaranteed at Matamata Races $8,221.00 Thu 14 Mar $40k Guaranteed at Palmerston North Twilight Harness $18,002.31 Fri 15 Mar $25k Guaranteed at Addington Night Harness Sat 16 Mar $25k Guaranteed at Trentham Races Sun 17 Mar $15k Guaranteed at Cambridge Dogs Mon 18 Mar $15k TERMINATING at Palmerston North Dogs (Commentators Day)   HRNZ Marketing

Westport TC - 8 March - All female race in teal pants is race 9 - Westport TC will donate $200 to the cause instead of $100 for the female driver race winner - Punters Club lucky number draws - drawn after every race. Winners receive 2x $50 bets. 1 for themselves and 1 for Team Teal. - Spot prizes for best dressed in Teal.   Northern Southland – 9 March MORE THAN A TOUCH OF TEAL AT THE TROTS The Northern Southland Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for their March race meeting which will also be the final meeting in the Southern Harness region as part of the Teal Pants Campaign which raises money for the fight against Ovarian Cancer. The Teal Pants campaign sees $600 donated every time a female driver wins a race between 1 February and 10 March 2019. Each time a female driver is the first to greet the judge in the region Harness Racing NZ donates $200, the club at whose meeting the victory takes place gives $100, Woodlands Stud $100, Aldebaran Park $100 and Southern Harness Racing $100. The Teal Pants branding refers to the colour of driving pants worn by lady drivers during the promotion. Southern harness clubs are fully behind the campaign with meetings at Wyndham and Gore already having raised funds with meetings to follow at Winton, Invercargill and then the Northern Southland meeting.  The Caduceus Club Of Southland and Southern Bred Southern Reared have contributed $500 each to the cause and the Ascot Park Hotel are also assisting with a prize on the day.  To round off the campaign in the south the Northern Southland meeting on Saturday 9 March will see a big day of activity with competitions, merchandise and the opportunity to contribute to this worthy cause. It is a major day for the club with three Group 3 races - the Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Trotting Cup, the Prydes Easifeed Southern Lights Handicap Trot and the Caduceus Club Of Southland /Alabar Fillies Classic plus the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks. While the racing action will be of quality there are plenty of fun activities being held to help raise money for the cause – the fight against Ovarian Cancer. ‘Wear Teal and Win’ will give on course patrons the opportunity to win spot prizes such as betting vouchers, bottles of wine and more just by wearing teal –even just a splash of teal in your outfit will put you in line for some prizes. If you have nothing teal in your wardrobe, it is not a problem as there will be teal   merchandise on sale on the day with ties, ribbons and wristbands so while you are purchasing merchandise and supporting the cause you can also put yourself in line to win some great prizes.  There will also be teal labelled collection buckets taken around the course for donations. Teal will definitely be the order of the day with teal driver caps set to be used in other promotions while each dress rug presented on the day will be emblazoned with the Ovarian Cancer Teal ribbon logo. Meanwhile the club will also continue their season long promotions at the meeting with a losing ticket draw after Race 6 which will net a lucky punter a $1000 betting voucher while an Owners Prize draw will culminate with the announcement of the three prizewinners who will take one of three prizes – first a trip for two people to the Rowe Cup in Auckland in April with accommodation, rental car and a tour of Alabar Stud courtesy of House Of Travel Lakers and Alabar, second an afternoon hosted at Macca Lodge followed by an evening meal and accommodation in the motel at the Waikaia Hotel and third one night accommodation at the Ascot Park Hotel courtesy of the ILT. Two members will also be drawn prior to the meeting to receive a $100 betting voucher each. Admission to the course on the day will be free!   Reefton Trotting Club - 10 March - All female race in teal pants to finish the Teal Pants Campaign for 2019 - Wear Teal & Win Competition - Wear something teal and enter the draw to win $1500 worth of prizes. Let's cover the whole racecourse in teal for the final day.   Wanganui Trotting Club –  12 March  Wanganui Trotting Club are conducting our Annual Raceday at Manawatu Raceway, Pioneer Highway, Palmerston North. We will be offering the Ag Challenge Wanganui Cup and seven other races including a Handicap Trot. Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change from our traditional venue on the grass at Wanganui Racecourse. However we are mindful of the benefit to Trainers with travel costs and in this respect we feel being a part of a two day meeting at the Manawatu will be beneficial. Manawatu Harness Racing Club has very good facilities for the general public and industry participants. We look forward to welcoming our supporters to an enjoyable afternoon of Harness Racing. Wanganui Trotting Club Inc Oldest Established Harness Racing Club in New Zealand (established 1881)   Methven Trotting Club - 31 March  The Methven Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for our final Autumn meeting on Sunday March 31 the big feature on the day being the Woodlands Mt Hutt Country Cup over the 3,000m distance. Recent rain has improved the track which was starting to feel  the effects of a dry 6 weeks. A big focus on the day will be an attempt to assist Pete Davis and Margo Nyhan with the club encouraging a gold coin donation the proceeds of which will be added to by the Methven Club and given to the pair in whichever means would be of most assistance. Go well and lots of love  Pete and Margo friend to so many in our local  harness community. Kudos to committeeman Nigel Armstrong for all his efforts in this cause. The club has arranged for former local Maurice McKendry to be guest driver and with  Morrie in the twilight of his career it may well be the last chance for locals to see this very popular and talented horseman in action. Maurice is the winner of 3239 races and stakes of $28,474,507 and the club is very serious about getting Maurice driving in every race and hoping to set something up through the T.A.B. whereby he goes head to head with our other local horseman Ricky May the winner of 2901 races and $31,357,872 in stakes. Anyone who can help us with an opportunity for Maurice please ring Richard Bromley 021888900 or Mike Heenan 0272999604. See you under the mountains on the 31st Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   Addington Raceway and Events Centre  IRT HARNESS JEWELS  - ALL DETAILS ABOUT THE WELCOME DINNER, GOLF DAY & HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE BELOW Welcome Pre Function Dinner – Thursday 30 May 6.00pm Silks & Satin Lounge, Level 2 Metropolitan Stand Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, this special evening will celebrate the history of this wonderful event.  Included in the festivities will be the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Mark McNamara and Aaron White who through their commentaries, will highlight this special race series.  As part of this night HRNZ will present the IRT Harness Jewels colours to the leading set of connections in each category. Evening includes; Three course plated dinner Cash bar facilities available $70 per person $650 for a table of 10 To book or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz   IRT in association with TAB Harness Jewels Golf Day – Friday 31 May This is a Four Ball Best Ball Stableford event to be held at the Templeton Golf Club.  The day will start with a pre-game BBQ from 10.30am with teams teeing off from 11.30am.  There will be a prize giving post game. Individual $50 per player Sponsorship $250+GST per hold including a team of 4 To book or for more information please contact Greg O’Connor at greg.o’connor@tab.co.nz   IRT Harness Jewels – Hospitality Packages – Saturday 1 June Ruby Lounge Located on level 3 of the Metropolitan Stand, enjoy panoramic views over the track in a lounge setting with casual seating.   Ideal for groups of friends wanting the best views, in a more relaxed atmosphere where you can mix and mingle with other racing enthusiasts. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Ruby Lounge · Complimentary drink on arrival · Stand-up grazing stations with an array of antipasto and seafood platters, fresh salads, carvery meats, fresh breads, hot vegetables, and a dessert selection · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $195 per person   Silks & Satin Lounge Soak up the atmosphere and excitement in one of our largest lounges on course. Located on level 2 of the Metropolitan Stand with uninterrupted views of the winning post, this is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after positions for those wanting the complete hospitality experience. Allocated seating is at shared tables of 10 people. Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Silks & Satin Lounge · Three course buffet lunch, including cold meats, seafood and salads, hot dishes, carvery, and mouth-watering desserts · All beverages included – premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Live entertainment · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $295 per person   Spectators Punters Lounge This is the perfect place for racing enthusiasts wanting a relaxed and casual place to mix and mingle. Enjoy the comfort of lounge facilities with access to the front of the Lindauer Lawn to watch all the trackside action. Spectators also offers a large screen, bar leaners and casual seating. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to Spectators Punters Lounge · Continuous spit roast grazing stations including fresh vegetables, seasonal salads, pork, Canterbury lamb and sweet treats · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $125 per person       For hospitality bookings or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz All details and booking forms are also on our website – addington.co.nz.   We look forward to hosting you all. Have a great week. From the Addington Team   HRNZ Marketing

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce that two of our industry participants have made the finals for this year’s Norwood Rural Games Awards. For the first time Harness Racing was included in the awards, which are held to celebrate sports with animal and rural backgrounds. Held in conjunction with the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North on March 9 and 10, the Norwood Awards are to be held on Friday 8 March at Awapuni Racecourse. Sheree Tomlinson has made the final three for the Fonterra New Zealand Rural Youth of the Year, with last year’s Australasian Young Drivers Championship victory and her history making Dominion Handicap win propelling her into the final. Whilst Ricky May made the final cut for the prestigious Toyota Lifetime Legacy category. The award is for sportspeople who have consistently delivered at the elite level in their sport – fitting for a seven time New Zealand Cup winning driver, with strong rural roots through his ‘other’ career in agriculture. Harness Racing New Zealand congratulates Sheree and Ricky on this huge achievement to just make the finals, given that this has been the most competitive year for the judges to decide on just three finalists. We wish them all the very best for the Awards on March 8. Full information on the Rural Games can be found at www.ruralgames.co.nz 2019 Norwood Rural Games Awards Finalists Norwood NZ Rural Sportsman Of The Year: • Tony Bouskill – Fencing – Napier • Kieran Fowler – Gumboot Throwing – Dunedin • James Kilpatrick – Tree Climbing - Tauranga Skellerup NZ Rural Sportswoman Of The Year: • Nicky Ward-Allen – Tree Climbing – Eltham • Pagan Karauria - Wool Handling – Alexandra • Bex Baynes – Sheep Dog Trials - Wairoa Fonterra NZ Rural Youth Of the Year: • Briar Burnett-Grant – Equestrian - Taupo • Bradley McDowell – Cowboy Action Shooting - Wanganui • Sheree Tomlinson – Harness Racing - Canterbury Levno Contribution To Rural Sport: • David James – NZ Arb – Blenheim • Neil Sidwell – Shearing – Waiwera • Nick Liefting – Fencing – Pukekohe Toyota Lifetime Legacy: • Ricky May – Harness Racing – Ashburton • Hugh McCarrol – Shearing – Whangamata • Maurice Beatson – Equestrian – Dannevirke   HRNZ Marketing

The Westport and Reefton Trotting Clubs will each be holding a Ladies only race in support of Team Teal at their March meetings. We encourage trainers to support this race as part of the Teal Pants Campaign which finishes on the 10th March at Reefton. Please see the conditions for both races below.   Westport 8th March and Reefton 10th March.   6 - 4YO & OLDER R40 TO R55 MOBILE PACE INV.DRV              Distance: 2600m 'TEAM TEAL' LADY DRIVERS CHALLENGE. Of $9000 ($5000, $1200, $650, $350, others $180). For R40 to R55 4yo-&-older pacers. This race is for Invited Lady Drivers only. Rating Penalty Free Race. ­For more information see Special Condition 4. PLEASE NOTE: any Nomination for this race must be accompanied by one of the eligible Lady Drivers included in Special Condition 4.­   Special Condition… 4. TEAM TEAL LADY DRIVERS' CHALLENGE:  Race 6 on this Programme is a Rating Penalty Free Invited Lady Drivers Race. A horse's Nomination for this race must be accompanied by notification of a Lady Driver. The following list are drivers that have declared themselves available to be invited to drive in these races: Nicky Chilcott (Team Teal Ambassador) Ellie Barron (Team Teal Ambassador) Samantha Ottley (Team Teal Ambassador) Ashleigh Stewart Hayley Clarke Sarah O'Reilly Amanda Tomlinson Kerryn Tomlinson Sheree Tomlinson Kendra Gill Kimberly Butt Jessica Young Loren Lester Oliva Thornley Mikayla Lewis Maria Perriton If any other lady drivers are intending on driving in these races please let Courtney at Harness Racing New Zealand know so you can be added to the above list of drivers that are able to drive in the ladies races. If your name is not on the list you will not be eligible to drive in the ladies races. Courtney Clarke - courtney@hrnz.co.nz or 027 636 4355   HRNZ Marketing

AB Update Pick6 Harness this week: Thu 07 Feb $25k Guaranteed at Cambridge Night Harness -  jackpot $6,630.99 Fri 08 Feb $25k Guaranteed at Alexandra Park Night Harness   THIS WEEK ON TRACKSIDE - Harness: (February 4th - February 10th) Wednesday 8:30pm The Box Seat (TS1) Rangiora (TS2) Thursday 5:30am In The Gig (TS1) Cambridge (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Gore (TS2) Sunday Methven(TS1)   Amberley Trotting Club - Wednesday 6 February  Looking for something to do on Waitangi Day Feb 6th. Make your way out to Rangiora Racecourse and let the Amberley Trotting Club take care of that.A day of fun filled family activity is guaranteed , along with a full card of top class horse racing. The hard working Amberley committee aim to put on a fabulous days entertainment and this year will be no exception. Some of this years highlights include a chance for someone on course to become a honouree “part owner” for the day of the racehorse Airpark Flyer ,who will compete in the 2019 Rangiora Equine Services “Amberley Cup”,thanks to the generosity of owner, Graeme Harris and trainer, Trent Yesburg . To be in with a chance to win this wonderful prize ,all you have to do is, place any bet on course to the value of $10 or more, if you win fantastic ,cash it in ,if you don’t ,write your name and phone number on the back of your losing ticket,place it in the specially marked barrel in the birdcage before Race 6 and straight after Race 6 the winner will be drawn. The prize includes meet the owner ,trainer and horse pre race, you will recieve a $50 each way bet on “Airpark Flyer”, then watch the race with them in the members stand , have some post race photos taken with the horse and then enjoy some hospitality in our sponsors tent. Also on the day,Gabi Rennie and Macy Fraser,two of the star,s from the history making U17 Football Ferns who claimed the bronze medal in the 2018 Womens World Cup tournament in Uruguay will be on course to meet and greet and also there will be 6 signed footballs given away on the day. Once again this year we will be supporting the Womens Cancer Foundation. All female drivers on the day will be wearing a set of teal driving pants and should any of the female drivers win a race HRNZ will donate $100 to the foundation and Amberley Trotting Club will match it. HRNZ staff will also be selling merchandise on the day with all proceeds going to the foundation. The Amberley club have always embraced the ‘FAMILY ATMOSPHERE” on our racedays and once again there will be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained all day long , with giveaways, pony rides ,bouncy castle,childrens entertainer, lolly scramble and “Kids Go Racing “packs. Amberley Trotting Clubs objective is to run a raceday which gives back to the Owners ,Trainers and Breeders which is why we strive to keep the stake levels up for the owners, the $500 Breeders Bonus and for the trainers, International Animal Health Products & Garrads Horse & Hound will donate a prize pack for a randomly selected trainer in each race and all trainers will go into the draw for a Major Prize Pack drawn after Race 7. Airpark Canterbury have also donated a voucher of “up to 5 days parking at Airpark Canterbury and also includes a “business class wash” (approx. $150 value) and these will be presented to every winning trainer on the day. John Mc Cabe will also be oncourse ,entertaining the crowd with his wonderful variety of songs between races . So pack up the car , bring out the family and be prepared for a great day out. We still have some marquee packages and carpark packages available and they can be confirmed by contacting Warwick Duke on 03 313 6849 or duke.w@xtra.co.nz More info on the day can be found by viewing the clubs website www.amberleytrottingclub.co.nz    Alexandra Park – Friday 8 February  Friday 8th February Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Alexandra Park Join us at Alexandra Park to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The sign known for their amazing personalities and great luck. Top of the Park will be beautifully decorated, there will be a delicious Chinese-style buffet and plenty of beverages to choose from. Plus we have a little something in-store to test your good fortune. Tickets from $70pp March Fundraising Race Nights Alexandra Park will be holding two special race nights in March to help raise funds for Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. March 1 is Oaks Night and will help raise funds for Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer. $5 from each ticket goes to the cause.  The night will also feature a celebrity Dual Sulky race featuring Dom Harvey, Melodie Robinson, Brooke Howard-Smith and Frank Bunce with two competitors to be named. March 8 is Derby night and $5 from each ticket sold there will also go to the fight against Prostate Cancer. Tickets are $65 per person, with elegantly crafted buffet dinner and desserts. Both nights consist of great prize giveaways. To book phone 09 631 1165 or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz 027 410 2420   Gore - Saturday 9 February  CLUB NEWS FOR GORE HARNESS RACING CLUB ANNUAL GRASS TRACK MEETING THIS SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY First race goes at 12.15 pm on Saturday for what is an action packed day of Grass Track racing for the Gore Harness Racing Club.  There is 11 races carded with the feature being the McDowall Painting & Decorating Gore Grass Cup which has attracted a good field of 11 runners. There is plenty of free entertainment on course for the children with Water Balls and Bouncy Castles.  The Olympic Watches ‘Punt For Gold’ competition will run on Race 8 where patrons need to pick the first 3 horses home in the correct order.  There is $500 worth of Olympic Watches to be won!  Entry forms will be in the race book and need to be placed in the barrel outside the Secretary’s Office prior to Race 8, you must be on course to win!  Palamountains Racing Supplements are on board again this year with two Trainers prizes valued at $250 each. The Club is also part of the ‘Team Teal’ Campaign raising funds for Ovarian Cancer.  You will be able to make donations to the cause at the race meeting.  Local Junior Driver ‘Ellie Barron’ is the Southern Ambassador for this campaign and already has a number of drives on the day.  For each winning drive by a female driver wearing the teal driving pants the club will donate $100 to the Women’s Cancer Foundation, this is in addition to donations made by HRNZ and Woodlands Stud for each winning drive by a female. Pack up the picnic and bring the family along to the Gore Racecourse for a great atmosphere and an up close experience of Grass Track Racing!   Hororata – Touch of Teal Fashion Competition To be held at Mt Harding Racecourse, Methven.  Racing Sunday -  The weather looks like it’s going to be fantastic! So bring your picnics and come to Methven and enjoy the racing. This is a Team Teal raceday – incorporating a Touch of Teal Fashion of the Field competition. Garrard’s Horse & Hound Hororata Cup. Nevele R Fillies Sires Stakes heat. Junior drivers race. Kidz Kartz. $500 trainers prize.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, Even though we have a week off racing, our team are excited that our first 5 star race night will be on Friday 15 February.  There are several Group/Listed Races on this evening with the Listed $150,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Fillies and Group One $100,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes being the signature races on the night.  Good luck to everyone leading up to our 5 star race night. RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course delicious buffet dinner. $54 + GST per person.  Cash bar available. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). IRT STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the IRT Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. TEAM TEAL CAMPAIGN IS HAPPENING AND WE ARE PROUD TO BE INVOLVED! The lovely HRNZ Team are out in force so please support the fabulous Team Teal Campaign.  Thanks in advance for getting behind such an amazing cause. This campaign runs from 1 February until 10 March. We are supporting this charity further on Friday 1 March, with 10% of every ticket sold will be given to them.  Further information about this is below   HRNZ Marketing

Wyndham Harness Racing Club - Thursday 31 January Horsepower is the name of the game at the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting at Young Quinn Raceway in Wyndham this Sunday, 3 February. Since 2017 the Wyndham Harness Racing Club has held a display of classic cars in conjunction with their February meeting and it has proved to be a huge success. In the first two years the display has attracted some real gems from American muscle cars to classic British vehicles.  Any owners of classic cars are still able to enter and more information is available from Lindsay Beer (021 351 499) or Bathan Muir (03 206 6334). Cars will be required on site by Race 3(approx. 1.00pm) on the day when judging will begin to decide the Best Presented car. Marshalls Garage in Wyndham and Salthouse Accommodation, Curio Bay sponsor the event. There will also be free mini jeeps and prizes for the kids throughout the day.          On track the highlight will be the latest heat of the Regent Car Court Southern Country Cup Series. The first race is timed to start at 12.00noon and admission to the course is free. Prior to Sunday's meeting at Young Quinn Raceway, the club will host a twilight meeting at the course on Thursday afternoon.  Lindsay Beer Promotions Officer  Southern Harness Racing 021 351 499   Addington Raceway - Friday 1 February    Hello Everyone, Our Back on Track Special to our members was a huge hit last Friday!  It was great to see everyone that was on course.   Team Teal Campaign kicks off this Friday and we are proud to be involved! The lovely HRNZ Team are out in force with their collection buckets this Friday for Team Teal.  Thanks in advance for getting behind such an amazing cause. This campaign runs from 1 February until 10 March. We are supporting this charity further on Friday 1 March, with 10% of every ticket sold will be given to them.  Further information about this is below   HRNZ Marketing

After completing a robust appointment process, The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Thompson as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Thompson, who will graduate this year with a Master’s in Business Studies from Massey University, has been with Addington since 2011 and will take up his new role on 11 February 2019. He replaces Peter Jensen, who late last year was appointed as Chief Executive of Harness Racing New Zealand. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Chair, Brent Smith, said he and the Board are delighted to announce Mr Thompson’s appointment. “Brian has made a huge contribution to Addington in his time as General Manager of Operations. He has more than doubled the revenue from our functions business, has successfully led the huge logistical operation that is Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup Week for seven years, provided real leadership in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes and was a key part of the team that designed and launched Spectators bar and bistro, which is now an integral part of our entertainment offer both on race night and throughout the week. Mr Thompson said he was looking forward to working with the board to grow the Addington business. “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the business that I am so passionate about. With our new strategic plan in place that is focused on future sustainability of the great sport of harness racing, my team and I will be very focused on delivering on our vision to be New Zealand’s Leading Multipurpose Racing & Events Venue.” Media Release from the NZMTC

As part of the annual Team Teal campaign, Alexandra Park will be hosting a fundraising event on Friday 1 March to coincide with Northern Oaks night. Some of New Zealand’s biggest media and sports personalities have jumped at the chance to take part in a dual sulky event during the night, all in the name of assisting the fight against Ovarian Cancer. All Black Legend Frank Bunce, Edge radio Breakfast host Dominic Harvey, former X Games inline skating star and TV host Brooke Howard-Smith, and Rugby journalist and presenter and former Black Fern, Melodie Robinson are four of the six competitors to be confirmed so far. With two more exciting names to be announced prior to the event! All four are thrilled to be able to help raise awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer research, but for Melodie Robinson the cause hits very close to home. Robinson lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer and is pleased to be able to take part and help other women and families who might have to face a similar journey with the disease. Tickets for our fundraising dinner are $65 per person, with $5 going towards the Team Teal campaign. There will also be opportunities on the night to donate in person. Tickets will include an elegantly crafted buffet dinner and dessert and great giveaways on the night. The main aim of the Team Teal campaign to raise awareness around Ovarian Cancer and the fact it has no obvious symptoms. So it is crucial that all women and their families are aware. All funds raised go toward funding research by the Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group in the fight against Ovarian Cancer. So be sure to rally your friends together and support this great cause! The night will also compliment a fundraising night on Friday 8 March (Northern Derby night) to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. For more information on how you can book tickets for these exciting race nights please contact Alexandra Park - 09 631 1165 or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz   HRNZ Marketing

TAB Update Australian Bonus Pools Sat 26 Jan - Melton Night Harness: A$50k BONUS Quaddie Races 5, 6, 7 & 8. Pick6 this Week JACKPOT - Thu 24 Jan $50k Guaranteed at Cambridge Night Harness $29,302.83    Waikato Bay of Plenty – Thursday 24 January    A ten race card starting at 5.17pm. Featuring the Group 2 JLT Futurity.     Addington Raceway News – Friday 25 January   Hello Everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE ADDINGTON TEAM! We hope you have had the most wonderful time with family and friends.   We know most of you worked through, so we hope you enjoyed the days you had off. Our Chef is just wishing to continue offering spectacular dishes to you all!  Check out the below….hungry anyone? BACK ON TRACK SPECIAL THIS FRIDAY FOR OUR MEMBERS! Get back on track Friday 25 January! Enjoy a night at the races with a delicious buffet, premium viewing and live action! For every member it is only $25! Call 338 9094 to book. INTERNATIONAL RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 1 MARCH – 10% of every ticket sold will be given to the Team Teal Campaign! Join us on Friday 1 March as we take your tastebuds on a journey around the world!  A delicious International themed buffet dinner is available from $67 per person (buffet only and cash bar available) to $97 per person (buffet and beverage package included).   For more information and to see the mouth-watering menu, head to our website addington.co.nz ADDINGTON PANTRY ONLINE CATERING – an easy way to cater!  Addington Pantry is here to help and create #fabulouscateringmadeeasy.  If it is a morning or afternoon tea shout, lunch time meeting or even if you would like to send someone a thank you, Addington Pantry Online Catering can deliver tasty food straight to your door!  Please visit our website to view our delicious menu.   http://www.addington.co.nz/addington-pantry/.   For further details please call 338 9094.  UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/020132pg.htm      February 1 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/021532pg.htm February 15 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz We look forward to welcoming you back on track this Friday. From the Addington Team.   Southern Harness - CUP DAY AT INVERCARGILL, 26 January   It is Cup Day with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday and the club has a great day lined up.  Highlights on track are the Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup timed to go at 4.38pm for $32,000 over a distance of 3200m and the Arden Lodge Robin Dundee Crown.  The chance for anyone on course who fills in a coupon to win a seven night stay at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba plus $1000 towards your airfares courtesy of Beach Road Holiday Park is one of the big drawcards That coupon will also give you the opportunity to win with The Bet’s In The Bag where four draws will be made throughout the day to win one of several betting vouchers of no less than $100 to use on the day.  A losing ticket draw after Race 6 will win one previously unlucky punter a $50 meal voucher courtesy of Level One Restaurant & Bar. In a strange coincidence both the 1916 New Zealand Trotting Cup and the New Zealand Cup won in 2018 by Thefixer will both be on course. The 1916 Cup is now raced for by the Invercargill Cup field each year as the 1916 winner was Cathedral Chimes owned by Invercargill businessman John Bruce Thomson who donated the trophy to the Invercargill Club. In a nice twist Southlanders Stu and Pauline Gillan are part of the ownership group of last year’s Cup winner Thefixer and the Gillan’s have been kind enough to allow the club to display the current day Cup on the day.  Admission on the day is free as is the children’s entertainment which consists of a bouncy castle, bumper balls, kids tote and more while there will be a free bag of lollies for every child on course after Race 6.  Tent sites are available – contact Southern Harness Racing’s Promotions Officer, Lindsay Beer on 021 351 499 to learn more and to make a booking. Thanks to the Tricode Syndicate the club has also been offering via the Southland Express newspaper the opportunity to win a share of the syndicate’s runner, Please Shuddup. The prize includes the opportunity to spend a day enjoying hospitality with syndicate members in their own corporate box, plus benefits such as a stable visit to see the horse being geared up and should it win, a photo as part of the syndicate in the birdcage after the race. The syndicate will also place a $100 win bet on Please Shuddup in its race and also a $10 bet on every other race throughout the day for the lucky prize winner.     Lindsay Beer - Promotions Officer/Southern Harness Racing/021 351 499   Rotorua Harness, Sunday 27 January    An eight race card to be held on the grass at Arawa Park, Rotorua. First race 12.37pm.   Banks Peninsula – Sunday 27 January To be held at Motukarara on the grass surface. An 11 race card starting at 12.22pm.   Waikouaiti Trotting Club Sunday 24 February The Waikouaiti Trotting Club has decided to transfer its two day meeting in February to Oamaru from Waikouaiti, citing the option of racing on the all-weather track if the weather rules out the grass track. “We have decided to make the move for the current season and evaluate for the future,’’ said Dick Tayler, the president of the Waikouaiti club. “The decision was based on what happened earlier this year with the weather and with regard to the Messara report although I have a reservation about the latter as there was no consultation with harness racing and greyhound people. “We like the option of being able to switch to the all-weather track at Oamaru if the weather is against racing on the grass. We can make an early decision and give licence holders certainty. We are also concerned about the facilities at Waikouaiti with two grandstands not in good shape.” The decision to transfer the race meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 26, was made at a committee meeting of the club. “We are hoping our sponsors will recognise the wisdom of the move and continue with their support which is greatly appreciated,’’ said Tayler. Edward Rennell, the departing chief executive of Harness Racing New Zealand, has praised the decision: “I commend their decision. I am sure it has not been made lightly and is in the best interests of all industry participants.” The club was forced to postpone the first day of the meeting last February from Thursday to Saturday and hold the second day on Monday when rain affected the Waikouaiti track. The Oamaru Harness Racing Club set a precedent by switching a scheduled grass track meeting to the all-weather track on December 1 after heavy rain. The Waikouaiti club held its second totalisator meeting at Oamaru in June, 1957 and also raced there on January 5, 1979.   Amberley Trotting Club - 6 February Waitangi Day Looking for something to do on Waitangi Day Feb 6th. Make your way out to Rangiora Racecourse and let the Amberley Trotting Club take care of that.A day of fun filled family activity is guaranteed , along with a full card of top class horse racing. The hard working Amberley committee aim to put on a fabulous days entertainment and this year will be no exception. Some of this years highlights include a chance for someone on course to become a honouree “part owner” for the day of the racehorse Airpark Flyer ,who will compete in the 2019 Rangiora Equine Services “Amberley Cup”,thanks to the generosity of owner, Graeme Harris and trainer, Trent Yesburg . To be in with a chance to win this wonderful prize ,all you have to do is, place any bet on course to the value of $10 or more, if you win fantastic ,cash it in ,if you don’t ,write your name and phone number on the back of your losing ticket,place it in the specially marked barrel in the birdcage before Race 6 and straight after Race 6 the winner will be drawn. The prize includes meet the owner ,trainer and horse pre race, you will recieve a $50 each way bet on “Airpark Flyer”, then watch the race with them in the members stand , have some post race photos taken with the horse and then enjoy some hospitality in our sponsors tent. Also on the day, Gabi Rennie and Macy Fraser,two of the star,s from the history making U17 Football Ferns who claimed the bronze medal in the 2018 Womens World Cup tournament in Uruguay will be on course to meet and greet and also there will be 6 signed footballs given away on the day. Once again this year we will be supporting the Womens Cancer Foundation. All female drivers on the day will be wearing a set of teal driving pants and should any of the female drivers win a race HRNZ will donate $100 to the foundation and Amberley Trotting Club will match it. HRNZ staff will also be selling merchandise on the day with all proceeds going to the foundation. The Amberley club have always embraced the ‘FAMILY ATMOSPHERE” on our racedays and once again there will be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained all day long , with giveaways, pony rides ,bouncy castle,childrens entertainer, lolly scramble and “Kids Go Racing “packs. Amberley Trotting Clubs objective is to run a raceday which gives back to the Owners ,Trainers and Breeders which is why we strive to keep the stake levels up for the owners, the $500 Breeders Bonus and for the trainers, International Animal Health Products & Garrads Horse & Hound will donate a prize pack for a randomly selected trainer in each race and all trainers will go into the draw for a Major Prize Pack drawn after Race 7. Airpark Canterbury have also donated a voucher of “up to 5 days parking at Airpark Canterbury and also includes a “business class wash” (approx. $150 value) and these will be presented to every winning trainer on the day. John Mc Cabe will also be oncourse ,entertaining the crowd with his wonderful variety of songs between races . So pack up the car , bring out the family and be prepared for a great day out. We still have some marquee packages and carpark packages available and they can be confirmed by contacting Warwick Duke on 03 313 6849 or duke.w@xtra.co.nz More info on the day can be found by viewing the clubs website www.amberleytrottingclub.co.nz    Alexandra Park – March Fundraising Race Nights   Friday 8th February Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Alexandra Park Join us at Alexandra Park to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The sign known for their amazing personalities and great luck. Top of the Park will be beautifully decorated, there will be a delicious Chinese-style buffet and plenty of beverages to choose from. Plus we have a little something in-store to test your good fortune. Tickets from $70pp   March Fundraising Race Nights Alexandra Park will be holding two special race nights in March to help raise funds for Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. March 1 is Oaks Night and will help raise funds for Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer. $5 from each ticket goes to the cause.  The night will also feature a celebrity Dual Sulky race featuring Dom Harvey, Melodie Robinson, Brooke Howard-Smith and Frank Bunce with two competitors to be named. March 8 is Derby night and $5 from each ticket sold there will also go to the fight against Prostate Cancer. Tickets are $65 per person, with elegantly crafted buffet dinner and desserts. Both nights consist of great prize giveaways. To book phone 09 631 1165 or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz   Kapiti Coast – 1st and 3rd February The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club holds its annual two day race meeting at the Otaki Race course on Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February 2019. The only harness racing to take place in the Wellington Region annually. North Island grass track racing at its very best on a near perfect sole of grass. [After an extensive grass resewing programme and track drainage work].    The feature on Friday February 1st is the recently reintroduced Wellington Trotting Cup , mobile 2200 metres. A time honoured event once raced by open class pacers at Hutt Park. The Taranaki Kidz Carts will be in attendance both days with some very competitive races between these young people, the future of our industry. Patrons are encouraged to be on course Friday to participate in the All-Up Place Competition with a $500 prize up for grabs, for 5 place selections in a row with a $20 entry  all entries placed on the tote, and all successful keep their winnings ] . The feature race on the Sunday Inter Island Summer Festival Race day, February 3rd is the $10,000 Otaki Cup run over 3000 metres from a stand. Taranaki Kidz Carts will be in attendance again with free sulky rides and plenty of free activates for the children, including a Bouncy Castle, Face painting , fun run events, treasure hunts, pony rides and much more. On course entertainment will include live music and ‘Flash Dancing’ displays. Join in the popular Punters Club and enjoy the success of recent years by the guest selector. Visiting trainers, drivers and owners are warmly invited to our ever popular annual complimentary BBQ at 6.00pm on Saturday 2ndFebruary. A change of venue this year to the Boundary Tap & Kitchen, 3 Raumati Road, Raumati. A ‘free’ [Club provided] bus will operate between Otaki Railway Station and the venue during the  afternoon and evening. Raffles and spot prizes during the evening. Two days not to be missed on the Kapiti Coast. Competitive stakes, very competitive racing on a near perfect Grass Track surface. Chris Craddock  - Vice President Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc. 027 410 2420   Hororata – Touch of Teal Fashion Competition To be held at the Hororata Trotting Club meeting on Sunday 10 February. In supporting Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer the club are holding a teal day, including the popular 'Touch Of Teal' fashion contest.  To view the poster for more information click here   HRNZ Marketing

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