Club News 31 January
- 31 January 2018
Forbury Park – Thursday 1 February
The first meeting where we will see the Teal Pants in action! All female drivers in New Zealand will be driving in Teal Pants to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer.
Forbury will also host a ten race card, and $40,000 Pick Six. First race will be held at 5.36pm.
NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club - 2nd February
We cannot believe it is February already! We are on track for our first February race meeting! First race is at 5.24pm.
Spectators Pop Up – Spectators Pop Up will be open till late. They have delicious ‘From the Wok’ and ‘From the Grill’ options, as well as a tasty selection of sweet and savoury cabinet items. The Pop Up is in the Twiggers Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available).
$15 A La Carte Dining – Choose from 5 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).
Stables BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the 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.
Beautiful weather has been ordered, we cannot wait to see you all on track!
Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club - 2nd and 4th February
The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club holds its annual two day race meeting at the Otaki Race course on Friday 2nd February and Sunday 4th February 2018.
The only harness racing to take place in the Wellington region annually. North Island grass track racing at its very best on a perfect sole of grass.
Stakes on offer are the best in the North Island on the grass track circuit. Minimum of $9,000 per race each day, with the HRNZ non winners’ $1,500 incentive added to the winners’ stake, thus non winners racing for $10,500. The Cups each day have a stake of $12,000.
The feature on Friday February 2nd 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 Kartz 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 five 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 4th, is the $12,000 Otaki Cup run over 3000 metres from a stand.
Taranaki Kidz Kartz will be in attendance again with free sulky rides and plenty of free activities for the children , including bouncy castles, face painting , fun run events, treasure hunts, pony rides and much more. Oncourse entertainment will include live music and ‘Flash Dancing’ displays, and in the Public Car Park a Farmers Market with a huge array of produce on offer. Join in the popular Punters Club and enjoy the success of recent years by the guest selector.
Two days not to be missed on the Kapiti Coast. Outstanding stakes, very competitive racing on a perfect grass track surface.
Wyndham - Sunday 4 February
The Wyndam HRC will host an 11 race card at Young Quinn Raceway on Sunday.
Including the $12,000 features, the Gold Chip Trot Final and Gold Nugget Final for pacers.
PLENTY OF HORSEPOWER AT WYNDHAM It will be all about horsepower at the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting at Young Quinn Raceway in Wyndham on Sunday, 4 February. A day of harness racing action will be complemented by a display of classic cars. The classic car display was instigated last year, proving extremely popular and attracting a lot of interest. This year is expected to be even more popular.
Any owners of classic cars are still able to be a part of the display for which there will be a prize for the best presented car, supported by Marshalls Garage in Wyndham.
More information can be gained 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 to find the best will be held.
Children will be well catered for with free mini jeeps and other activities throughout the day.
The first race is timed to start at 12.00noon and admission to the course is free.
Amberley at Rangiora – 6 February
Trainers,Owners and Breeders, if there was ever a day to bring your family and friends to the races and experience one of the most entertaining days they will have , Waitangi Day Tuesday Feb 6th is that day. Amberley Trotting Club will host their annual meeting on the grass track at Rangiora Race Course. The fantastic competitive fields on offer is just one part of what promises to be a fun filled entertaining day for all.
As the race day is part of the Interislander Summer Festival the kids will be well catered for with their own private Kids go Racing area,goodie bags ,free pony rides ,lolly scramble etc and the famous "Lucky Horseshoe Competition".
For the adults, there will be plenty of giveaways throughout the day as well.
A food stall will offer many different choices of cuisine as well as our normal on course caterer.
We are proud to be part of the Team Teal Campaign which is running throughout Feb and hope the girls have very successful day in the sulky.
Jess Smith will also be on course in the Standardbred Breeders marquee , so if you have friends or maybe yourself who like to know about the ins and outs of racing a standardbred and be a part of this great industry, this will be a great opportunity to catch up with Jess and she can steer you in the right direction.
We have a number of Raceday packages available as well .Contact Warwick Duke 033136849 for more details on go on to our website www.amberleytrottingclub.co.nz
Manawatu Club News – February
The Manawatu Harness Racing Club is delighted to announce that following a review of turnover for the season to date, the club will be maintaining stakes at the current levels. When the increase to $8,000 for Tuesdays and $10,000 for Thursdays was announced last year, it came with the proviso that they would be reviewed mid-season to measure the impact. Given the support of trainers and the quality of the fields with a subsequent positive impact on turnover we feel confident this is an appropriate step.
In addition the Club has increased the stake for our two feature races, the Speights Ale house Manawatu Cup on 15th February to $17,500 and the City of Palmerston North Festival Gold Cup on 29th March to $15,000.
Waikouaiti 22 and 24 February
Horse racing has taken place for nearly 150 years at Waikouaiti Racecourse, with local residents agitating for racecourse land dating back to 1870. With a strong and popular history at the track for both trotting and galloping communities’ alike, conversations around abandoning and transferring meetings is hard to digest, particularly for members of the Waikouaiti Trotting Club.
It is a very real reality, particularly given the threat of small track closures throughout New Zealand, of which has been a hot topic of debate in recent weeks.
The club is currently in full swing with plans for their Summer Carnival, which is set to take place this month, on Thursday 22 February at 3pm, and Saturday 24 February at Midday. Entertainment lined up for 2018 includes a variety of free kids entertainment such as bouncy castles, merry go rounds, and children’s fashion on the field sponsored by Meridian Mall Dunedin. Kidz Kartz will also be in attendance. Entry is free, and people are encouraged to bring along a picnic or enjoy the food offerings on-course and enjoy an afternoon of action-packed racing.
The Waikouaiti Trotting Club is a small, not-for-profit organisation, run by several volunteers. The work that goes in to preparing the two-day trot meeting – the only two race days on the annual calendar for the club – take months of hard work and planning. “These two days give us the opportunity to showcase our lovely district; visiting trainers stay in local accommodation, eat out, and enjoy what the town has to offer” says Waikouaiti Trotting Club President Dick Tayler. “It’s not only about the racing, but about supporting our community, and the community enjoying a wonderful day out in return.”
“We hope that attendance on Saturday 24 February reflects the hard work that has taken place – we’ve got to make the most of our facility while we can, or we’ll lose it forever” says Tayler.
Alexandra Park – Friday 9 February
Celebrate the year of the Dog with us on Chinese New Year 2018!
Enjoy a night of Harness Racing action from the Top of the Park, which will be beautifully themed and decorated, complete with a delicious all you can eat Chinese buffet dinner and traditional entertainment.
Alexandra Park - Friday 2 March
A glamorous evening the Park. Come one come all to enter MitoQ Best Dressed at the Oaks – an night of fabulous fashion, Harness Racing action, stunning prizes to be won and VIP judges, including New Zealand’s very own style icon Colin Mathura Jeffree.
Best Dressed at the Oaks 2018 categories: Best dressed woman, best dressed man, best headwear, best dressed at the Oaks (overall winner).
Competition entry is free, and with fantastic prizes up for grabs you should definitely come along and put your best foot forward. However please note you must be over 18 to enter!
Alexandra Park – Friday 9 March
For the lovers of harness racing action, the Top of the Park and the Tasman will be open with deluxe Derby Night packages and a fantastic view.
Derby night at the Top of the Park and Tasman Room Packages include:
- Delicious gourmet buffet dinner
- Premium beverage package or cash bar
- Private betting facilities within the room
- Race book for each guest
- Prices from $60 - $120.