Club News 14 February



Thursday 15 February – Manawatu HRC

The second day of the Manawatu meeting will be held this Thursday, with the first event due off at 5.09pm.

There are some exciting events coming up in the region also, including the Harness Racing Gearing Up Contest, part of the extremely popular annual Rural Games -

The club are also busy gearing up for the second edition of the Palmerston North Gold Cup Festival, to find out more


Addington Raceway News

Ben Waters and Friends – Thursday 15 February

It is not too late to purchase your tickets! Ben Waters is said to be the best Rock and Roll Piano player in the world, he has played alongside The Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry. Enjoy this unforgettable night of world class musicians and buffet dining. $89 per person. Purchase your tickets at


Five Star Race Meeting – Friday 16 February – Race 1 - 5.27PM

We are on track for our first Five Star Race Meeting of 2018! FREE ENTRY

Spectators is back in our usual building! We are excited to welcome you back. This means all our delicious pizza and burger options will be available. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available).

$15 A La Carte Dining – Choose from five 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.


Crusaders vs Chiefs – Saturday 24 February – 7.35PM

Pop in to Spectators before the game for our $10 Burger and Beer Game Day Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your burger and beer with friends then head over to the game. Dream result.

If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join, visit


Diamond Creek Farm NZ Derby sustaining fee – Due Wednesday 28 February – 3PM

Reminder that the sustaining fee of $345 is coming up. The countdown is on.


Heading to an event at Horncastle Arena or AMI Stadium?

Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong.

Have a great week and we look forward to hosting you at Addington Raceway & Events Centre. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Oamaru Harness Racing Club - Saturday 17 February 

North Otago presents grass track harness racing this Saturday 17 February at the Oamaru Racecourse. The Late Summer Grass Meeting will offer free entry and a great venue to bring a picnic along and enjoy the country atmosphere. 


Winton Harness Racing Club – Sunday 18 February

Ten races starting at 12.05pm to be held at Central Southland Raceway, Winton. Including a $30,000 Pick Six.


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


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.

There will also be a free breakfast on the Friday and Saturday morning at the track for those staying for the races.

At the races on Saturday there will be a special fashion on the field contest for the kids oncourse, proudly sponsored by Meridian Mall Dunedin.

Registration is free, just sign up on the day.


Alexandra Park - Friday 2 March, Oaks Night

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 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Stratford Trotting Club - Sunday 4th March - Te Kapua Park Racecourse

The Stratford Trotting Club is looking forward to hosting our annual meeting on the Sunday 4th March, and encourage you to come along!

The Stratford Farmlands Family Fun Day will sure to delight with the Kidz Kartz as a highlight, along with the main race, Quintin Oakes Builders Stratford Cup.

With large spacious grounds bordered by bush and lakes and an extensive lawn area, this classic race day environment is ideal for picnickers. Relax in the grandstand, or in front of the public stand which overlooks the winning post. Admission if fee.  Owners wishing to stay over have ample stalls and paddocks available at the course, and can find accommodation themselves at the New Commercial Hotel Stratford ask for Ian or Judy on (06) 765 6364.

A complimentary barbecue is held at the course the evening before the races 3rd March 5.30pm onwards with all owners and their guests, and members of the club are welcome to attend.


Alexandra Park – Friday 9 March, Derby Night

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.


Alexandra Park – Friday 20 March, Premier night

Our phenomenally popular American Night is back for 2018!

We’ll have the stars and stripes rolled back out from the Top of the Park to The Alex, and be serving up the very best of the US with another fantastic US-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet menu sure to satisfy – and of course we’ll be sure to get some top-class entertainment on board once again!

Book your American Night table ASAP as this night is sure to sell out fast!

American Night in the Tasman Room or Top of the Park
From $60pp | Buffet only
From $125pp | Full beverage package including specialty US beer

Vintage Cars, Pin up girls and amazing entertainment!!!


Addington Raceway – Job Opportunity, Marketing Assistant

  • Drive Social Media Engagement
  • Sponsorship, Advertising & Membership Focus
  • Diverse & Varied Role
  • Excellent working environment

Addington Raceway & Events Centre is the home of the iconic New Zealand Trotting Cup Day, Christchurch’s biggest social occasion. Our Business and Marketing Team are responsible for growing our racing and events centre revenue base and ensuring we retain our profile as New Zealand’s leading harness racing venue and Christchurch’s most successful events centre. We have an opportunity for a social media and marketing whiz to join our small, but highly talented team.

What are we looking for?

  • Ideally 2+ years of marketing/business development experience.
  • A deep understanding of how to use social media to engage with customers and stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail, the ability to work to deadlines & a strong work ethic.
  • You will be proficient in the use of Illustrator and/or InDesign.
  • A tertiary qualification in marketing (or similar).

What will you be doing?

  • Leading our social media activity – daily.
  • Working with the Business & Marketing Manager on sponsorship & advertising.
  • Supporting the sales team to secure future events.
  • In-house creative/collateral across the business.
  • Engaging with our membership base.
  • Creating and running promotions and competitions.

What’s in it for you?

  • A great opportunity to take your next career step.
  • Own the social media strategy & execution.
  • A wide variety of interesting work.
  • The best seat in the house on NZ Trotting Cup Day.
  • Our commitment to your continued professional development.
  • A competitive salary.

Please send your application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information or a preliminary chat, call Keryn McElroy, Business & Marketing Manager, on 03 339-9716.

Applications close 28 February.