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Addington Raceway and the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) have further enhanced the growing international reputation of the quality of New Zealand’s harness racing product with a close up finish, in esteemed company, for the Simulcast Award presented at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference recently held in New Orleans. The Simulcast Award honours excellence in the presentation of a racetrack’s live race product. In announcing Santa Anita Park as this year’s winner, organisers have made special mention of the quality of the combined Addington Raceway/NZRB entry. “The winner had noteworthy competition in this very close race from Keeneland and Addington Raceway in New Zealand, with Del Mar, Saratoga and Woodbine also receiving votes. Each received first, second or third-place votes on several ballots,” commented Jane Murray, Director of Services for the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America, joint host of the Conference with Harness Tracks of America. Addington Raceway Chief Executive Dean McKenzie commented, “With our entry to be mentioned in the same company as Santa Anita Park and Keeneland, two iconic world class tracks is extremely humbling for us here at Addington. Our entry featured the outstanding coverage the team at the NZRB put together for Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup Day in 2015 and this international recognition for everyone who helps put New Zealand’s biggest day of racing together is a wonderful achievement for the industry as a whole. To effectively make the podium for such a prestigious award is clear evidence that we have a wonderful product in New Zealand which is the equal of anywhere in the world.” KERYN MCELROY

Last week’s Alabar Super Series events, which have become a real feature on Addington Raceway’s harness racing calendar, was the 12th occasion these races have been conducted over the last four years. Designed to reward those horses and connections that support Addington Raceway on a regular basis, the success of these $23,500 events can be seen in the quality of the fields that contest them and a look at past results makes for interesting reading. Average tote win dividend is approximately $7.50 Largest win dividend was $36.30 when now course mile record holder Vice Chairman was victorious in 2013 Shortest win dividend was last week when Stars Align saluted at $1.20 22 individual trainer(s) have won the 36 Alabar Super Series events held Purdon/Rasmussen with 9 and Terry/Glenys Chimiel with 4 head the multiple wins category Horses trained (or co-trained) by Craig Edmonds, Nigel McGrath and Cran Dalgety have all scored on more than one occasion Southland domiciled horses have an impressive strike rate when taking home 3 victories from very few starters (Tas Man Bromac, Wick and Costa Del Magnifico) Every starter presently earns at least $500 just for starting The next Alabar Super Series night has been scheduled for October 7. KERYN MCELROY  

Initial harness racing nominations for the 2016 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup and Haras des Trotteurs Dominion close next week on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at 3pm (NZ time). Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup - $750,000 - Group 1 - 8 November 2016   Fee Incl GST Due Date Initial Nomination Fee $431.25 Wednesday 10 August 2016 3pm (NZ Time)   Haras des Trotteurs Dominion - $260,000 - Group 1 - 11 November 2016   Fee Incl GST Due Date Initial Nomination Fee $149.50 Wednesday 10 August 2016 3pm (NZ Time)   Graphite Developments Ltd Glenys & Philip Kennard Show Day Futurity Series This series is for 4YO and older pacers assessed up to CO as at 1 July 2016. The nomination fee of $115 inc GST is also due on Wednesday, 10 August at 3pm (NZ time). Each horse must have started at two NZMTC meetings between 5 August and 23 October 2016 to be eligible to start in the series race on Show Day. For information on when all the fees are due and the full terms and conditions on these racing initiatives please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/.   Alternatively, please call Brian, Richard or Colin at Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. Keryn McElroy

Addington are excited to announce their new harness racing business partner - Haras des Trotteurs will have exclusive naming rights to the Group One Dominion Handicap Trot. Pat Driscoll, Principal of Haras des Trotteurs is thrilled to be starting a partnership with Addington. "Haras des Trotteurs is privileged to be associated with Addington by sponsorship of such a time honoured event as the Dominion Trot. We are delighted and privileged that in conjunction with this sponsorship we will also be associated with a number of other domestic trotting races which will be confirmed throughout the year. At Haras des Trotteurs we are committed to breeding world class trotters in New Zealand and Australia." Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 season will see a stake increase for the richest trotting race in New Zealand.  “The increase from $250,000 to $260,000 for this prestigious race is in recognition of its status as the premier race for trotters within New Zealand.” 2016 will see the continuation of the highly successful ranking system for the Dominion that was introduced last year for the first time to determine the field.  The Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot will be held on Show Day Friday, 11 November 2016. Keryn McElroy  

A projected total of $70,000 in stakes is available at the NZMTC harness racing meeting held at Addington on Friday, 5 August for the 12th Alabar Super Series for lower grade pacers & trotters. The three races on the 5 August provide the following opportunities for; C0 pacers prior to racing on 15 May 2016 – Stake $23,500 C1 to C2 pacers prior to racing on 15 May 2016 – Stake $23,500 C0 to C2 trotters prior to racing on 15 May 2016 – Stake $23,500 ALL STARTERS in these races are to RECEIVE A MINIMUM STAKE of $500.  Conditions; To qualify to start in these races, owners horse(s) must have started at least twice at a NZMTC Race Meeting between 21st May 2016 and 31st July 2016. Opportunities to race at NZMTC to ensure your horse(s) qualify for the Super Series; Friday, 8 July Friday, 15 July Friday, 22 July Friday, 29 July Sunday, 31 July General Information; There is no enrolment fee payable. Field selection will be based on a points system. Full details and conditions of the up and coming Alabar Super Series can be found under the Racing - Promotions and Incentives section at addington.co.nz or contact Brian Rabbitt, Richard Bromley or Colin Steele at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. The next round of the Alabar Super Series is to be confirmed, but tentatively it will be held on Friday, 7 October 2016. Keryn McElroy  

Addington are excited to announce renowned stallion proprietors, Diamond Creek Farm, USA are the proud new sponsor of the Group One $200,000 New Zealand Derby. Adam Bowden, CEO of Diamond Creek Farm is delighted to be partnering with Addington. “We are a firm supporter of the breeding industry in the Southern Hemisphere and sponsoring the prestigious New Zealand Derby is an excellent fit for us as our stallion ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ is the first pacer in the harness racing history to be the winner of 3 consecutive sub 1:48 races, with two of these being Canadian Derby’s.”  Adam continued to state “after A Rocknroll Dance served a full book in 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere, he was then able to stand in the Southern Hemisphere at Nevele R/Alabar Studs. There he was bred to over 300 mares between New Zealand and Australia, making him an in demand stallion. Upon returning to the states for the 2015 year, ‘Dance’ has once again been fully booked. With such an outstanding first crop in both hemispheres, ‘A Rocknroll Dance’s’ continued success and popularity looks bright.”  This year Sweet Lou followed his stable mate and travelled down under, joining the roster at Woodlands Stud. “By partnering with studs in the Southern Hemisphere, the potential reach of these great champions will be limitless.” stated Adam. ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby will be held at Addington on Friday, 8 April.  For more details on nominations and conditions of ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/. Alternatively, please call Brian, Richard or Colin of Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.  Keryn McElroy

The second stepping stone in the timeline for three year old harness racing pacers heading towards the 2016 Muscara Standardbreds New Zealand Derby to be run at Addington on Friday 8 April was Wednesday 20 January where by the First Withdrawal / Sustaining fee was due. At this stage 27 horses still carry a nomination for the prestigious Group One Race that has a stake of $200,000. One notable withdrawal is the unbeaten Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained (Our) Waikiki Beach for whom at present is campaigning in Australia and has some rather large assignments over the upcoming months. The Rolleston based training partnership still have five runners in contention, spearheaded by the pre-race favourite Lazarus who is at a $2.20 quote on the fixed odds market with the TAB. Second Withdrawal / Sustaining fee is due Wednesday 24 February 2016. Any horse not nominated, may upon making the final late nomination fee of $5000 plus GST per horse become eligible. This fee is due no later than 1pm New Zealand time on Monday 4 April. A full list of current nominations can be viewed at www.hrnz.co.nz A fixed odds book on current nominations is available at www.tab.co.nz For further information contact Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley at Addington’s Racing Department on 03-338-9094. Keryn McElroy  

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