Club News 7 February




Kapiti Coast HRC Debrief 

The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club held its highly successful two day annual race meeting on the grass at Otaki Race Course on Friday 2nd February and Sunday 4th February. With 128 nominations on Friday and 133 nominations Sunday the Club gained large full even fields, which provided some outstanding finishes. This was the highest number of horses racing at any of the North Island grass track meetings and the Club is appreciative of the many North Island and South Island trainers who supported our meeting, after the Club had significantly increased stakes. This is a huge improvement on recent years and the Club is optimistic into the future regarding the resurgence of grass track racing and how the Harness Racing Industry has embraced our annual two day meeting at Otaki.

The weather was perfect both days, with very large attendances, in particular the Sunday which saw the highest number of on course patrons in a decade, 2000+.

A highlight on the Friday was the $500 All Up place competition which saw 85 entries produce a $8,300+ on course turnover on the tote. With the winner walking away with a $1,755 collect. The Club will look to continue this innovation next year on both days of our annual meeting.

The Sunday Family Fun Day Interislander Summer Festival provided a large array of activities which on course patrons embraced with great enthusiasm. A Farmers Market in the car park created a great atmosphere as families entered the course, Taranaki Kidz Kartz raced (10 participants) and provided children with sulky rides, Kori Fitness Group gave demonstrations in the bird cage, bouncy castle and all the usual wonderful children`s free activities.

The Punters Club produced a $12.50 return and participants were happy.

Congratulations to the winning connections of our two Country Cups. Friday`s Wellington Trotting Cup won by local trainer of Hunterville Scott Dickson with Marshal Star paying $31 and Sundays Otaki Cup won by 2nd Favourite Classie American , trained by Ron Richardson of Te Awamutu and driven by junior driver Dylan Ferguson. It was a real thrill for the winning owners to be on course, and enjoy some Club hospitality in the President`s room following the presentation in the Bird Cage.

Thanks to local Bulls trainer Doug Gale who produced 8 runners at the meeting to race 14 times for 7 placings. Local Central Districts trainers to gain wins were Phil Fleming of Stratford and multiple wins by Scott Dickson of Hunterville. South Island trainers won 8 races over the two day meeting.

The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club looks forward to hosting our annual two day meeting on Friday and Sunday on the grass track at Otaki Race Course in early February 2019, and welcoming even more owners, trainers and drivers, and supporters, with the local community embracing the event with great enthusiasm.

Chris Craddock - Vice President, Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club.                   


Harness Racing Waikato Sports Team Night at the Trots – Thursday 8th February

Book your sports team in for a night of pre-season or mid-season bonding at the Trots! Book 10 or more in and the Club will give you your choice of a $100 betting voucher or bar tab absolutely FREE! Bookings to be made at 


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.

To see the menu for Chinese Race Night click here

Packages start from just $60 per person for buffet only. This is sure to be a fantastic evening, so get your colleagues, family or friends together and come along. For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note also the Northern Oaks and Northern Derby initial nominations close 11am Friday 16 February. 


Grass Track Harness Racing at Gore – 10 February

 12 race card on Sunday with the first race at 12.00 - The featur eof the day being the Gore Town and Country Club Gore Grass Cup 


Ladies Day at Hororata – 11 February    

Grass track harness racing, featuring the Hororata Cup. 

There will also be the 'Haircare Market/Express Cut N Colour Christchurch Touch of Teal Fashion Contest'. For women aged 18 and over. Each entrant must feature teal in some way in their outfit, registration on the day or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Great prizes up for grabs thanks to generous sponsors: Haircare Market/Express Cut N Colour Christhchurch, Hororata Wine Bar and Cafe (home of the famous Butchers Pie), Alpine Florist Methven and Westview Racing. Entry to the contest is free. 


Manawatu Club News – 13 and 15 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.    

Further information on the City of Palmerston North Gold Cup Festival can be found by following this link: 


Waikouaiti – Thursday 22 February    

For industry members and owners who are racing horses at Waikouaiti during the February circuit, Gerald Cayford of the Waikouaiti Harness Racing Club will be hosting a BBQ with live music for those staying on after the races on Thursday 22 February.

Hosted at Glamour Hooves Racing Stables on Beach Street in Waikouaiti, the BBQ (including pig on a spit) will start from 7pm with live music from John Fogarty, of Dunedin, from 8pm to 11pm.

The stables are right over the road from the camping ground, so handy to anyone staying over for the two day meeting.

If you have not booked accommodation please do so asap as there are limited places available. For more information please contact Gerald Cayford, 027 434 7824.


Harness Racing Waikato Ladies Night – Support Teal 22nd February

We're excited to get in behind the Australasian #TeamTeal18 Campaign.  

Teal is the colour for Ovarian Cancer and February is Ovarian Cancer month so Australasian wide all female Harness Drivers are wearing Teal Pants to support the campaign.  We've decided to really get in behind the campaign so Thursday 22nd February will be 

"LADIES NIGHT supporting Team Teal!"

Your $30 ticket to the Skyline Lounge includes a drink on arrival, antipasto platter, reserved seating, racebook and a $10 donation to the campaign.

*Additional bistro meals will be available for purchase. Bookings 


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!

For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.