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The New Zealand Racing Board has increased profit distribution targets for the coming three financial years by $6 million, forecasting a total return of $412 million to the country's harness and racing industry to July 31, 2015.

It took less than a week for the shine to come off the New Zealand Racing Board's renewed vigour. At last Thursday's AGM, new chairman Dr Alan Jackson told NBR ONLINE the industry had hit the bottom, but now was a time for the industry to move ahead.

It's rugby versus league in a clash of the codes and the New Zealand TAB reckons the Fight for Life could well be a split decision.

The New Zealand Racing Board has announced a final distribution of $133 million to the country's racing industry in 2011-12. The distribution from the TAB betting operation goes to the three racing codes - New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing New Zealand, and Greyhound Racing New Zealand.

The trials have been run and the results are impressive - the TAB's new Place6 harness racing, greyhounds and galloping bet is a winner.

The harness racing, greyhounds and throroghbred season ending 31 July 2012 marked the completion of the Racing Integrity Unit's (RIU) first full year of operation. It has been a year of significant progress for the organization.

It's being touted as the best Melbourne Cup field in years and the TAB agrees, with the going tough in terms of separating the leading hopes in the 152nd running of The Great Race at Flemington tomorrow.

The race that stops two nations - the Melbourne Cup - will be run this Tuesday at 5pm NZT.

Major changes have been made to the New Zealand Racing Board's executive team to lead the growth of the country's harness racing and racing industry. New Zealand Racing Board Chief Executive Chris Bayliss said the appointment of four highly-regarded New Zealand business professionals to his leadership team would provide the necessary expertise and experience to deliver long-term growth to the industry and complement other changes within the organisation.

A group of Wainuiomata punters have a couple of canny mates to thank after they grabbed a big share of the TAB's $500,000 rugby and rugby league pools at the weekend. The syndicate made up of 35 regulars at the Wainuiomata TAB branch banded together with the goal of winning big by correctly picking the results from 10 rugby and rugby league fixtures.

Christchurch Casino Challenger #4 wins the round with a total of $13.10 with last week's winner Kia Houpapa finishing 2nd on $10.40 and Christchurch Casino Challenger #2 finished 3rd with $9.80.

And then 15 harness racing 'Survivors' became 14. The New Zealand TAB's racing manager Michael Dore was eliminated from the $5,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup Survivor Challenge at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday August 3).

The New Zealand racing industry which comprises harness racing, greyhounds and galloping, makes a major contribution to the country's economy and is an important part of the New Zealand heritage and psyche. It is an industry dear to the hearts of tens of thousands of New Zealanders.

The start of the new harness racing season kicks off a milestone year for Trackside as it counts down to its 20th anniversary of broadcasting in early November.

New Zealand Racing Minister for harness racing, galloping & greyhounds, Nathan Guy, today (Thursday July 19) announced the appointment of Dr Alan Jackson, Greg McCarthy, Rod Croon (Auckland Trotting Club president), Graham Cooney and Alistair Ryan to the New Zealand Racing Board's (NZRB) governing body.

A distinguished harness racing career comes to an end at Alexandra Park in Auckland this Friday (June 29) night. Seventy-year-old Tom Taumanu will officiate as a stipendiary steward for the last time at the Auckland Trotting Club's 'Mid-Winter Christmas' meeting.

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