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For most harness racing enthusiasts winter is a timely opportunity to catch a break in preparation for the fast approaching busy season.   But for four young Cadets flying the flag for their regions respectively, the excitement is just beginning as they gear up to compete in the 2019 Catch Driver Cadet of the Year Final on Wednesday the 24th of July at Addington Raceway. Based on a similar concept to the Young Farmer of the Year competition, the event has been designed to test Cadets throughout New Zealand in a diverse range of exciting challenges on both a theoretical and practical level. Advancing from the regional competitions held in Canterbury, Southland and the Northern area the four finalists will have to call on not only their equine knowledge but acquired ‘life-skills’ in hope of securing the coveted Cadet of the Year trophy. For finalists Oliver Kite, who represents the Deep South and Kaleb Bublitz from the North, their pathway into the industry was carved at a young age by means of the invaluable Kidz Kartz scheme. Kidz Kartz has now firmly established itself as a major player in the Harness Racing Scene. Kidz Kartz programmes running throughout both the North and South Island encourage the younger generation to try their hand at driving in a fun, educational and safe manner. Experienced professional tutors and ponies carefully selected for their calm temperament help ensure the training programmes provided are committed to helping develop a well-rounded horseperson. Emphasis is put not only on Harness Racing but also the knowledge of caring for your pony. Kidz Kartz encourages friendship, fair play and friendly competition. Kidz Kartz is an all-inclusive initiative; youngsters from all walks of life regardless of their horse experience are welcomed into the industry and given the opportunity to transition their passion of horses into a foreseeable career. Oliver and Kaleb are perfect examples of how the Kidz Kartz programme offers a clearly defined path into the Harness Racing industry. Regular Kidz Kartz races throughout the year imitate the thrill of driving in real races including the biggest inter-club race of the season, the Kidz Kartz New Zealand Cup. This prestigious race is held annually on Show Day during the biggest event on the racing Calendar- New Zealand Cup and Show Week. The Kidz Kartz members along with their ponies have to qualify for this race where they will race for glory in front of maximum capacity crowd at Addington Raceway. Kidz Kartz also offers Trans-Tasman opportunities; a selected Kidz Kartz member each year travels to Australia to compete in the NSW Mini Trot Interdominion and there is a Lizzie of Rossland Rising Stars Drivers Series held in Auckland.  Throughout New Zealand amongst both the Junior and Senior ranks are a number of successful Kidz Kartz graduates with Oliver and Kaleb already proving they too will be added to this list. At a young age Alana Cameron and Cameron Kirkwood, both representing Canterbury, already had a foot in the stable door so to speak however this industry involvement was cemented at High School with them both engaging in the Gateway programme that Harness Racing New Zealand offers. The Gateway programme was implemented as a way of providing wider educational opportunities to High School senior students, Year 11 and above. Gateway enables students, who are interested in or have a passion for horses, to gain credits towards their NCEA Qualification by completing equine related unit standards. Gateway is offered at most High Schools throughout New Zealand.  The Education Team at Harness Racing New Zealand assist the students and school co-ordinators in selection of appropriate unit standards in relation to the level of learning including work placement in stables. Gateway provides valuable learning and employment opportunities and is available not only for harness racing enthusiasts but for anybody with an interest in the wider equine industry. Through Gateway, Cameron was able to experience life at the races by means of a work placement with the Stipendiary Stewards. Cameron learnt first-hand the rules and regulations involved in harness racing and was exposed to the judicial process in a practical manner. Cameron went on to secure a job at Harness Racing New Zealand in the racing and registrations department along with picking up a stable job at Regan Todd’s; an opportunity he credits to the Gateway programme . Cadet of the Year is the perfect initiative to showcase the talent of our emerging future stars and also to promote the various avenues available to those wishing to pursue a career in Harness Racing. We wish the four finalists the best of luck. Harness Racing New Zealand

TAB News Pick6 this week - $40k Terminating at Forbury Park Harness on Thursday night. $40 Terminating Turbo Pick6 Friday night between Alexandra Park and Addington. Wish for Fish Fundraiser – Addington Raceway 19 July We are a registered charitable trust called wish for fish (www.wish4fish.co.nz). We help people with physical disabilities, mental illness and financial hardship to enjoy salt water activities. We have a large fundraising dinner planned at Addington Raceway, Christchurch on 19th of July. This event is to be held to raise our profile, some funds for our cause and also launch our supporters club. We are excited this year to be working in conjunction with the Child Cancer Foundation  https://www.childcancer.org.nz/) & Conductive Education Canterbury http://www.cecanterbury.org/)  in which funds raised will support their awesome causes. Help an amazing cause and enjoy a fabulous night out at Addington Raceway. TICKET COST: $130pp includes 3 course buffet & drinks package. The night will include charity auctions, raffles, lucky draws and a punters club ($10 per share). For more information and to order tickets please phone Mac on 027 471 2000, Bryce on 021 616 601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz   Canterbury Harness Racing Awards - 21 September 2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com    Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 12 July What’s happening at Addington? Thousands of dollars to be won - Pascoes The Jewellers Ladies Night Friday 26 July is based in Silks Lounge to view all the races! TICKETS ON SALE, please go to - https://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ Major Prizes to be won include; 1 carat diamond ring valued at $3,300 thanks to our overall naming rights sponsor and principal partner Pascoes The Jewellers. 3-night escape on the Sunshine coast at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort Mooloolaba courtesy of Addington, with $1,000 towards airfares from Harness Racing New Zealand.   This fabulous night includes; A glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Treat yourself to our nail art bar or a neck massage Opportunity to win a horse ownership experience on the night Entertainment throughout the night with harness racing action and live music after the last race Spot prizes throughout the night from Pascoes The Jewellers, Caci Riccarton, Lancôme and Addington   Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki Winter Warmer Series is underway! This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $43,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 26 July 2019.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final on Friday 26 July. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or call Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. Only 3 chances left to win $500 in our $50 All Up July Challenge!! 12, 19 and 26 July 2019 Simply place a $50 All Up on any of our last three meetings in July and if your bet has the highest return for the week you will win an extra $500. Entries and further enquiries contact Richard Bromley, Email: richard@addington.co.nz or call him on 021 888 900.  Richard will be based in Christian Cullen  Lounge each week.  Please also visit our website for further - https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you again soon.  From the Addington Team Alexandra Park News – Friday 12 July  Arabian Night – Friday 26th July from 5.30pm – Top of the Park Nurahib bik, we welcome you! We are extremely excited to host the first ever Arabian Night here at Alexandra Park! Let your senses get carried into a world of rich culture and mystical wonder, with the all-you-can-eat buffet transporting your taste buds to the Middle-East and the ever-exciting harness racing action taking place on the track below! Set in Top of the Park on Friday 26th July from 5.30pm, be sure to secure your table today! Phone 09 631 1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or book online at https://racenight.alexandrapark.co.nz/event/TOP260719/ Christmas at the Races featuring the Inter Dominion Championship 2019 Christmas at the Races are some of the hottest nights on the Alexandra Park Harness Racing calendar. Choose from our various rooms and packages the best option to suit your guests, get into the festive spirit with our amazing Christmas themed all-you-can-eat buffet and keep your eye out for Santa. There will be competitions, entertainment, photographers and non-stop harness racing excitement, plus live entertainment after the last race. This year offers added value with the Inter Dominion Championship being run in New Zealand for the first time in 8 years. Explore the best Alexandra Park has to offer, but don’t forget to book quickly as these popular nights don’t last long. For more information visit: https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/christmas-races-2019/ To make a booking, do it online or contact us 09 631 1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz South of the Bombays Race Series ($14,999) JUNE 14 & 21 / JULY 5 & 12 This series of races are primarily targeted for those horses who have predominantly raced at North Island tracks outside of Alexandra Park during the current 2018-2019 season. Eligibility Criteria: Since August 1, 2018. (All to be totalisator starts) (1) A minimum of two starts at a North Island track outside of Alexandra Park or Cambridge Raceway, or (2) A minimum of two starts at Cambridge Raceway plus one other start at a North Island Track outside of Alexandra Park, or (3) Alternatively a minimum of three starts at Cambridge Raceway. These criteria do not preclude horses who have had starts at Alexandra Park as long as they meet any of the other eligibility criteria. Mid-Winter Christmas – Christmas Party 21 & 28 June & 5 & 12 July 2019: Indulge in the festivity of mid-winter Christmas with Alexandra Park. Embrace the winter chills and find some festive spirit whilst enjoying the best harness racing in New Zealand. Offering FOUR function rooms and packages over four mid-winter Friday nights, there is something to suit all groups and budgets. Dream of mulled wine, all-you-can-eat buffet and a 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. Tables are selling fast so don’t miss out on the best spots. Go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz to book your tickets or ring 096131165.   Ashburton TC Family Farming Day – 14 July The Ashburton Trotting clubs July 14th meeting will host for the second year its Farming family Day at the races. Local racing identity Bruce Taylor and rural advocate an Ashburton TC Clerk of the Course Craig Wiggins have managed to rally a good team of supporters and rural industry sponsors to run this event. An idea Wiggins took to the Ashburton TC after noticing the stress farmers were under with Mycoplasma Bovis and other rural issues during the winter months. Wiggins said: “the Ashburton club got right behind the idea and Bruce with his local connections made it happen,” This year the the event has been ramped up with skydivers jumping in during the day, classic car displays, mini health checks for farmers, sulky races good food, racing and spot prizes for many including those unlucky on the tote and lots of children's activities. With the Ashburton TC making the amenities available this year and some serious interest being shown on social media they expect another full house. The organisers hope to get a few drivers into the room for some one on one interviews and some punting help for those new to the track, but mostly we hope that farmers and their families just have a really good day off farm and enjoy the atmosphere.   Cambridge Raceway News – New Season Launch! You’re invited to a birthday party! Join us to celebrate the brand new racing season and the horse’s birthday! We are holding a special season launch event on Thursday 1 August at Cambridge Raceway in the Skyline Lounge (level 2). Kick off is 5pm, first race 5.21pm. And entry is free!   HRNZ Marketing

Alan Gary Clarke (Clarkee) was born on November 18, 1958 to Harold and Ngaire Clarke. Growing up on Racecourse Road in Riccarton was the start of a passion for horses and horse racing for Alan and younger brother Steve. Alan was a part of the start crew in Canterbury and was also interested in the ownership side of racing horses. Alan was invited to join the start crew by Jack Mulcay 20 years ago and even in his final days he could still recall the horses in the cup field from his first NZ Cup. The 1999 NZ Cup was won by Homin Hosed. A race Alan would never forget. Over the 20 years that Alan worked at the start he made a lot of great friends and worked on many different race tracks from Waikouaiti to Nelson including the West Coast races in Westport and Reefton. Westport and Reefton races were a highlight for Alan each year. For the Christmas races Alan and a group of family and friends would head to Reefton, set up tents and spend the week together, with him, working at the start during the week. It was always a great week and Alan enjoyed spending the time on the track with his racing mates during the Christmas holiday. Over the years Alan raced horses with Steve or in syndicates including the Weedons Racing Syndicate and the Organ Donations Save Lives Syndicate. His first win as an owner came from Glen Mist at Greymouth raceway on 6th March 1982, trained by Trevor Thomas. Another special win for Alan as an owner was Curly’s Pride, trained by Steve. Alan also helped out Jim Curtin on a Saturday morning for quite a few years. The Curtin family were always well regarded in the Clarke household and in his final days, a visit from Jimmy and Sandi truly brightened his day. At this time he had shares in Devilish Loie which Jimmy trained. The gelding won two races while he was in the ownership. In the last five years the syndicate horses have won approximately 15 races, headlined by the unbeaten Nemera Franco which is due to return to racing next season. Although racing was a big passion of Alan’s he also had a lot of interests and friends outside of the racing game. Alan was a strong competitor in indoor bowls, representing the South Island, winning numerous titles including a Gold Star. As a youngster he enjoyed playing rugby and cricket and more recently enjoyed the Weedons Golf Club 19th hole. Other significant places where he would meet up with mates were the Swamp where he worked for a few years and recently the Springston Hotel which he would visit most Tuesday nights. Clarkee has left a big gap in the Harness Racing Industry, bowling scene and amongst his beloved family and friends whom he had a lot of. You could always count on Clarkee to put a smile on your face. Alan was 60 years old and is survived by his wife Rayleen, daughters Danielle, Rebekah and Emma and granddaughter Ruby. A celebration of Clarkee’s life will be held at Westpark Chapel on Wairakei Road, Burnside on Thursday 11th July at 2pm.   HRNZ

The 2019 McMillan Equine Feeds NZ Junior Driver Champion has been found. Congratulations to Sarah O'Reilly who finished the Championship on 38 points. Second placing was taken out by Kimberly Butt and third place was John Morrison. The South Island team were successful in taking out the InterIsland Challenge on 187 points. The championship was a hard fought contest with first place to sixth place only having one point between each placing. "I am very overwhelmed that I won because I really didn't expect to. I would like to thank all of the trainers that put horses in for us to drive," says Sarah. We would like to thank all the trainers who supported this series and also our sponsor Mcmillan Equine Feeds.   Please see the full final standing below: Sarah O'Reilly 38 Kimberly Butt 37 John Morrison 36 Alicia Harrison 35 Ellie Barron 34 Luke Whittaker 32 Dylan Ferguson 27 Mark Hurrell 27 Benjamin Butcher 25 Fergus Schumacher 21 Craig Smith 15 Sheree Tomlinson 15     Courtney Clarke Marketing and Communications Executive Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Harness Racing New Zealand wishes to advise that unfortunately Ben Hope has had to withdraw from the McMillan Equine Feeds New Zealand Junior Driving Championship due to illness. The next qualifying junior driver for the South Island team was Ellie Barron, who will now replace Hope on the drives he had been drawn. The teams are now: North: Benjamin Butcher (Captain North) Luke Whittaker Alicia Harrison Dylan Ferguson Fergus Schumacher Craig Smith South: John Morrison (Captain South) Mark Hurrell Sheree Tomlinson Kim Butt Sarah O’Reilly Ellie Barron Two heats will be held at Addington on Friday evening (5 July) and two heats at Rangiora on Sunday (7 July).   Jess Smith HRNZ

The clubs and kindred bodies of Harness Racing New Zealand have today voted by an overwhelming majority to make a significant change to the make-up and structure of the board of Harness Racing New Zealand.   The current board has been determined for some time, with the support and encouragement of the clubs, to move to a more streamlined board model that is better equipped to deal with the challenges that the industry faces in an increasingly competitive racing and sports environment.   Chairman Ken Spicer says, “our collective focus has been to move towards a model that sees the best possible people providing governance to our sport, moving away from the current model that sees representation on a regional and kindred body basis”.   The new board of eight (down from 11 currently) will include two independent directors to be appointed by a selection committee. Four directors will be elected by the clubs/kindred bodies, with the two major clubs, Auckland Trotting Club and the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, appointing one director each.   “This is an opportunity to bring new and complementary skillsets to our board. We are committed to improving the diversity of our board and it is pleasing that the industry has embraced the governance changes recommended by the Messara report” says Spicer.   The current directors will step down at September’s AGM. The new board will meet for the first time in October.   The process of appointing the independent directors will begin once the elected directors are chosen by the clubs/kindred bodies and any skill gaps can be identified.   Spicer says, “this is a momentous day for the sport of Harness Racing in New Zealand and I congratulate all involved having the vision to support this change and for putting the interests of the sport first”.   Michelle Harris Harness Racing New Zealand Communications & Website Coordinator

New Zealand’s oldest harness racing syndicate is set to celebrate its 50 year anniversary in Southland this September. A syndicate that celebrates comradery, social outings and rugby ties, the Setarip Syndicate was first formed in on 19 September 1969, after a rule change then allowed more than four people to share in the ownership of a horse. The syndicate was one of five registered on that day, with Setarip now being the oldest surviving syndicate in the country. Remarkably, after 50 years the syndicate still has two original members, Joe Wilson the syndicate manager and Clark Neil. Wilson was also able to bring his two sons Paul and Andrew into the syndicate. Former original syndicate member, the late Ted Mortimer, is also still represented by his family in the syndicate too. Current members are: Joe Wilson, Clark Neil, Gary Tippett, John Archer, Ron Baron, Murray Brown, Daryl Burgess, Bruce Campbell, Paul Challis, Terry Edgerton, Pauline Flanders, Wayne McCulloch, the Mortimer family, Stephen Sanders, Colin Sanford, Jill Slaughter, Collin Telfer, Nick Wells, Trevor Tomlins, Paul Wilson, John Woodger, Steve Pulley, Dean Mcloud, Carl Hana, Andrew Wilson, Kylie White and Wayne Grey. The Setarip syndicate pays homage the Pirates Rugby Club, with their registered racing colours the same as the Club’s gold and black playing kit. In fact the name ‘Setarip’ is actually the name Pirates backwards. All twenty of the original owners in the Setarip syndicate were either Club players, ex-players or supporters of the Pirates Rugby Club. And although they have been in the game for a long time, and collected 18 individual winners for 25 wins in total so far, the path to success has not been an easy one for the syndicate. Their first horse they tried with was in 1969, a pacer named Amyas Leigh, and it was without success. In fact many other horses were raced by the syndicate and it wasn’t until 1978 that they tasted their first bit of success with Hispaniola at Winton who was trained and driven by Lyn Thomas. It would be another 13 years until they won a race again, with wins coming with trotter Rebel Shooter and Rojanaire.   But since then the wins have kept ticking over, with success with the likes of Quality Time (3 wins), Olegoldandblack, Gabbys Knight, On The Lure, Rocking Lily and Sly Romance (all two wins each). The group have also stayed loyal with a core group of trainers during their time including Denis Nyhan, Henry Skinner, Ron and Tony Barron, Alex Milne (senior and junior) and currently are with Clark Barron. Their celebration at Ascot Park in September will no doubt include reminiscent conversations about their various events over the years, with the group having a social focus to their ownership journey having held bus trips and social functions at races, bowling competitions and barbecues in the past. They encourage others thinking about ownership to get involved, saying the friendships they have formed and the comradery alongside an affordable ownership model are great reasons to start your own ownership journey today. We congratulate the Setarip Syndicate on reach this fantastic milestone and wish them all the best with their anniversary celebration in September. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in harness racing ownership, email Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand – jess@hrnz.co.nz   Jess Smith HRNZ

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce the four finalists for the 2019 Catch Driver Cadet of the Year compe- tition.   All four finalists have excelled in all of their regional challenges and we can now announce that representing Canterbury is regional winner, Cameron Kirkwood.   Travelling from Southland to contest the title this year will be Oliver Kite, the southern regional winner and the northern regional winner Kaleb Bublitz will also travel to Christchurch to compete in the national final.   The competition is in its sixth year, and this year again along with the three regional winners, the next highest scorer from all of the competitors has advanced through to the final. Alana Cameron took these honours and will be joining the regional winners.   All four finalists have displayed a comprehensive range of skills in their horsemanship, driving and all-round general knowledge to set the stage for an exciting and competitive final.   The final competition has been designed to call on not only the contestant’s equine knowledge but to also challenge the finalists in a diverse range of practical, theoretical and technical tasks.   Each phase of the competition will be evaluated and marked and the cadets will earn points for each task based on per- formance, accuracy and speed.   The final will be held throughout Christchurch on Wednesday the 24th of July with the winner announced at the 2019 An- nual Harness Racing Awards on Saturday the 28th of September, this year to be held at Addington Raceway.   Harness Racing New Zealand would like to sincerely thank Catch Driver for sponsoring the Cadet of the Year competition this year.   Founded by Ryan Clements of Canada, Catch Driver is just one Harness Racing game developed by The Farm Ventures with the aim to encourage more participation in the sport by youth world wide.   “We are beyond excited to partner with HRNZ in sponsoring the Cadet of the Year. We believe that many of the young   men and women we see here competing for the Cadet of the Year will become tomorrow’s stars in the sport,” said Cle- ments.   “Our mission with Catch Driver is to engage a younger audience with this incredible sport, so it only makes sense that we partner with the next generation of athletes. We want to wish best of luck to all of those competing- you are the future stars of the sport!” Clements has led the way in terms of developing his company ‘The Farm Ventures’, and was determined to prove that if   you can give people the opportunity to play a harness racing game (either as a Catch Driver or in their other harness rac- ing game, Off and Pacing) they will then take an interest in the sport.   “Most people who love sports are able to play some sort of game where they can get a virtual experience of being in- volved,” said Clements. “We have developed a game where our players can download the game to their phone for free   and drive a horse in a race live against other people from around the world. We even have professional harness racing drivers from around the world playing on a regular basis too meaning fans can race against their idols.” In the game each driver is randomly drawn a horse, and its best attributes are listed in the build up to the live race. This gives the player a chance to study if their horse is quick off the gate, has a quick sprint or has a lot of stamina. “The game is purely about the sport and the art of driving a horse to its best strengths. We have no reference to gambling at all in any of our games,” explained Clements.   Catch Driver is available to download and play free to your phone from all app stores. So give it a try today by visiting http://onelink.to/gme7ve   Jess Smith HRNZ Marketing

Alexandra Park News – Friday Arabian Night – Friday 26th July from 5.30pm – Top of the Park Nurahib bik, we welcome you! We are extremely excited to host the first ever Arabian Night here at Alexandra Park! Let your senses get carried into a world of rich culture and mystical wonder, with the all-you-can-eat buffet transporting your taste buds to the Middle-East and the ever-exciting harness racing action taking place on the track below! Set in Top of the Park on Friday 26th July from 5.30pm, be sure to secure your table today! Phone 09 631 1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or book online at https://racenight.alexandrapark.co.nz/event/TOP260719/ Christmas at the Races featuring the Inter Dominion Championship 2019 Christmas at the Races are some of the hottest nights on the Alexandra Park Harness Racing calendar. Choose from our various rooms and packages the best option to suit your guests, get into the festive spirit with our amazing Christmas themed all-you-can-eat buffet and keep your eye out for Santa. There will be competitions, entertainment, photographers and non-stop harness racing excitement, plus live entertainment after the last race. This year offers added value with the Inter Dominion Championship being run in New Zealand for the first time in 8 years. Explore the best Alexandra Park has to offer, but don’t forget to book quickly as these popular nights don’t last long. For more information visit: https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/christmas-races-2019/  To make a booking, do it online or contact us 09 631 1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz South of the Bombays Race Series ($14,999) JUNE 14 & 21 / JULY 5 & 12 This series of races are primarily targeted for those horses who have predominantly raced at North Island tracks outside of Alexandra Park during the current 2018-2019 season. Eligibility Criteria: Since August 1, 2018. (All to be totalisator starts) (1) A minimum of two starts at a North Island track outside of Alexandra Park or Cambridge Raceway, or (2) A minimum of two starts at Cambridge Raceway plus one other start at a North Island Track outside of Alexandra Park, or (3) Alternatively a minimum of three starts at Cambridge Raceway. These criteria do not preclude horses who have had starts at Alexandra Park as long as they meet any of the other eligibility criteria. Mid-Winter Christmas – Christmas Party 21 & 28 June & 5 & 12 July 2019: Indulge in the festivity of mid-winter Christmas with Alexandra Park. Embrace the winter chills and find some festive spirit whilst enjoying the best harness racing in New Zealand. Offering FOUR function rooms and packages over four mid-winter Friday nights, there is something to suit all groups and budgets. Dream of mulled wine, all-you-can-eat buffet and a 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. Tables are selling fast so don’t miss out on the best spots. Go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz to book your tickets or ring 096131165.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre News ADDINGTON’S – PASCOES THE JEWELLERS LADIES NIGHT It is that time again…Pascoes The Jewellers Ladies Night is now on sale for Friday 26 July. We would love to see you all there.  So many amazing prizes to be won along with a fun evening planned for you all. This fabulous night includes the following; Glass of bubbles on arrival served by our topless waiters Gourmet buffet dinner Treat yourself to our nail art bar or a neck massage Opportunity to win a horse ownership experience on the night Entertainment throughout the night with harness racing action and live music after the last race Spot prizes throughout the night from Pascoes The Jewellers, Caci Riccarton, Lancôme and Addington Major Prizes to be won include; 1 carat diamond ring valued at $3,300 thanks to our overall naming rights sponsor and principal partner Pascoes The Jewellers. 3-night escape on the Sunshine coast at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort Mooloolaba courtesy of Addington, with $1,000 towards airfares from Harness Racing New Zealand. This amazing night out for ladies will start at 5.30pm. To book your tickets please visit; https://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ We look forward to welcoming you to Addington for a great night out.   Waikato Bay of Plenty News Stoneleigh Sunday at Cambridge Raceway- June 30th Spend your Sunday afternoon at Cambridge Raceway enjoying a glass of mulled wine while you take in the harness racing action on the track below! Our public bar (ground floor) will be open with bar snacks available or head up to our Skyline lounge for a seated lunch and order from the bistro restaurant. Entry is free but bookings are recommended. Head along to https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/stoneleigh-sunday/  to secure your spot.   HRNZ Marketing

The qualifying period for the 2019 McMillan Equine Feeds New Zealand Junior Driver Championship has ended. The top six North Island and South Island Junior Drivers by way of a points system will compete in this years Championship. The Championship will be run over two days with the drivers competing at Addington Raceway on the 5th July and at Rangiora Raceway on the 7th July. Congratulations to the following drivers who have qualified for this years Championship. (in order of qualifying)  North Island Benjamin Butcher (Captain) Luke Whittaker Alicia Harrison Dylan Ferguson Jack MacKinnon Fergus Schumacher   South Island John Morrison (Captain) Mark Hurrell Sheree Tomlinson Ben Hope Kimberly Butt Sarah O'Reilly The full qualifying table is available here: https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahrs/junior_drivers/junior_driver_points_5.htm  If anyone would like any further information in regards to the Championship please contact Courtney Clarke at Harness Racing New Zealand courtney@hrnz.co.nz or 027 636 4355    HRNZ Marketing

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

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