Following two very successful runnings of the Seasonal Super Series held at Addington in 2013 the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) will stage a third Super Series on Friday 2 May, 2014. The two rounds of the Series held in October and December last year proved to be very successful with a good level of runners (an average of 13 starters) competing in both the finals and consolations. It was encouraging to see a “spread” of winners from a wide range of trainers taking out their share of the stakes, providing a number of different owners with a healthy return. As well as some current top 20 premiership placed trainers including Robert Dunn, Terry and Glenys Chmiel, Ken Barron, Tim Butt, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen cashing in, wins were achieved by Peter Bagrie, Brian Fahey, Gavin Cook, Craig Edmonds, Alex Hastie and Noel Taylor. Total stakes paid out in the new Series will result in $316,500 including the May round. The third Series, to be staged also at Addington, will once again cater for lower grade horses with projected stakes totalling greater than $100,000 over six events. There will be opportunities for: C0There will be opportunities for: C0 pacers at 21 December 2013 – Stake $23,500 C1 to C2 pacers at 21 December 2013 – Stake $23,500 C0 to C2 trotters at 21 December 2013 – Stake $23,500 Consolations for these races will be run should numbers warrant, with each consolation carrying a total stake of $12,500. All starters in the open race (final) are to receive a minimum stake of $500 and all starters in the consolations will receive a minimum stake of $250. Field selection will be based on a points system. To qualify to start in these races on 2 May 2014, a horse must have started in at least one race at a NZMTC meeting between 17 January 2014 and 24 April 2014. There is no enrolment fee payable. It is the intention of the NZMTC that a similar series will take place later in the year on 8 August 2014 under like conditions. Full details and conditions are to follow and will be able to be viewed at www.addington.co.nz from Friday 21 February. Alternatively, please call Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley of Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington
A new bar and bistro at Christchurch's Addington Raceway and Events Centre, located within the new hub of Christchurch will be open for business soon to the general public.
1. Following are the results of the 2013 Harness Racing New Zealand Inc Board elections:
The defending harness racing NZ Amateur Champion, Jeff Darby, leads the 2013 competition after the first two heats of competition at Addington last night.
Champion harness racing trainer Mark Purdon has won over 100 group one races and just about every feature race imaginable, but one race he hadn't won as a trainer before tonight (Friday May 17) was the New Zealand Oaks.
Just when you thought the day couldn't get any better for the All Stars team it does.
Champion three-year-old filly Adore Me made it nine wins form ten starts when taking out the $150,000 Group One Nevele R Fillies Final at today's (Saturday May 11) premier harness racing meeting at Addington.
No juvenile trotter has been more consistent this season than Daenerys Targaryen, which is why it was fitting that she took out today's harness racing $60,000 Group two Sires' Stakes 2YO Championship at Addington Raceway.
Premier harness racing at Addington this Saturday has terrific fields carded including some of the best horse flesh in Australasia
Race Cafe may have only finished fourth yesterday (Friday April 19), but he earned more money than the race winner did, as he became the fifth horse to win The Met Multilpier Reward at Addington earning his connections a healthy $7,500.
It was a fitting result that 'Mr Derby' himself - Mark Purdon, trained and drove the winner of tonight's (Friday April 5) one hundredth running of the Group 1 harness racing event.
Many expected a Mark Purdon trained runner to win, just not the one that did. Isaiah and Regulus, who were both dominant last start winners, dominated the tote. But after a hot early tempo is was Courage Under Fire colt Zacharia and reinsman Blair Orange who claimed Group Two glory.
Not only did she beat the boys, she set yet another NZ record in the process. That was the remarkable feat Habibti pulled off when winning the $80,000 New Zealand Trotting Derby at tonight's feature harness racing meeting at Addington.
Dual New Zealand Cup champion Terror To Love farewelled his co-trainer Paul Court with a dazzling win in tonight's (Saturday March 30) Easter Cup. It was a win filled with joy and sadness as Paul Court knows his Terror To Love rollercoaster has come to a halt.
Great Southern Star champion Vulcan brought up a 'Sonny Bill dozen (10) of Group One wins when taking out tonight's (Saturday March 30) harness racing feature for the trotters- the New Zealand Trotting Championship (Gr1).
One Over Da Moon showed the family ability is right there, when taking out the Group Three 2yo Trotting Stakes at tonight's (Saturday March 30) feature harness racing meeting at Addington.