Club News 28 February
- 28 February 2018
Taranaki Racing - Thursday 1 March
An eight race twilight meeting starting at 3.34pm. The meeting will also feature the Taranaki Cup.
Please note - Free Admission. Owners Ribbon and Free Race books available at the Office.
After the race, owners of all starters are welcome in the Egmont Room for a Complimentary drink and to view the race replay.
Addington Raceway & Events Centre
Diamond Creek Farm NZ Pacing Derby Sustaining Fee – Due Wednesday 28 February 3pm Reminder that the sustaining fee of $345 is due in a couple of hours, if you haven’t already paid.
RACING FRIDAY 2 MARCH - FREE ENTRY Spectators Open till Late! Delicious pizza and burger options will be available as well as our famous Evolution Friday menu. Every week the kitchen will create half a dozen special dishes which will only be available that Friday. (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 Stormers – Saturday 3 March 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 www.spectators.co.nz
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.
Trackside Dining Options
Are you needing to entertain clients or organize staff functions? Add a unique Trackside Dining Experience. You can choose from our fabulous Gold, Silver or Bronze packages.
Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. $93 + GST per person.
Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person.
Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person.
Upcoming Race Meetings at NZMTC
Click here to see the race programmes for our upcoming meetings, https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/031632pg.htm March 16 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/032332pg.htm March 23 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/033132pg.htm March 31 (Easter Saturday) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/040632pg.htm April 6 (5 Star Meeting)
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!
Also we have the Pascoes Win a Ring Competition. Entry will be in the race book on the night. 10 people will be randomly drawn and then allocated a horse in race with the chance to win a Pascoes Ring!
Invercargill Grass Harness Racing – Saturday 3 March
The last time a harness race meeting was held on the grass track at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill was January 1970. Since that time the code has used an all-weather facility that has served the Invercargill Harness Racing Club and other clubs such as the Northern Southland and Riverton Trotting Club’s so well in all conditions.
However the Invercargill Harness Racing Club will turn back the clock when they race on the grass track on their Invercargill Licensing Trust/ILT Foundation Race Day on Saturday 3 March.
While the all-weather facility is a great asset the March date will give patrons an opportunity to watch the racing close up as harness horses thunder around the grass track once again on the course only used these days for gallops.
The day will feature the ILT Foundation Autumn Cup, a heat of the bMAC Sheetmetal Southern Country Cup Series and a Nugget Final with all races, both stands and mobiles, over 2050 metres.
President of the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, Mark Shirley, says that the question of racing on grass generally gets raised by someone each year at the club’s AGM. “Grass track meetings are popular with horsemen and crowds. We did look at an option of racing at Cromwell but then thanks to good co-operation from the Southland Racing Club they have been keen to give us a crack after their Christmas At The Races event was over.” Shirley says, “a grass track meeting will give patrons an opportunity to view the action close up. There should be good fields and the starts, whether they are stands or mobiles, will be right in front of the grandstand so the on course public is in for a treat.”
Cheviot at Addington – Sunday 4 March
Sunday 4th March see’s the Cheviot Club venture to the city for their annual raceday at Addington.
The two feature races being the 51st running of the time honoured Group 3 “Sweet Lou” Leonard Memorial Stakes for 2yr old fillies and The Cheviot Business’s Cheviot Cup.
Being one of the few Sunday meetings at Addington presents race goers with the opportunity for “Brunch “ at Spectators followed by a great days racing.
A bouncy castle and Mr Whippy are on offer for the kids.
The club prides itself on supporting all parts of the industry with good stakes, Kids Karts, Junior Drivers race, Breeders Bonus and we invite all owners to the winning owners bar for a pre-race drink.
A great way for Town and Country to spend a Sunday afternoon at the “Home of Harness Racing”.
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.
Westport Trotting Club Track Update
Following the recent Cyclones Fehi and Gita the Westport Trotting Club are thrilled to announce that their racing surface for their meeting on Friday 9 March has bounced back in great order.
Following Cyclone Fehi, which hit the West Coast hard in early February, the track was inundated with sea water from a large surge caused by the storm.
“It wasn’t the rain so much that hurt us there,” said Club President Dan Moloney. “But the wind that caused the surge and brought sea water on to the racing surface and grounds.”
The sea water caused damage to the grass, with a patchy surface appearing after the water subsided. But Moloney was quick to praise the Club’s members and the swift efforts involved to resurrect the track.
“We applied gypsum and ammonium sulfate and are amazed at how well the track has recovered. We are pleased that we are going to have a very good racing surface next week.”
“Luckily following Gita we only had a tree fall at the racecourse. But no actual damage to the racing surface itself.”
The Club is looking forward to welcoming racing connections back to Patterson Park, and there is one regular in particular that will take sentimental focus.
“We understand that Margo Nyhan and Peter Davis will bring Sarah Palin here as part of her farewell tour,” said Moloney. “Sarah Palin her first two races here during March meetings in her career, and we are thrilled that she will be here for one last Westport appearance.”
Sarah Palin is in foal and is currently on a ‘farewell tour’ as dubbed by her connections. She recently won her tenth career race, and has remarkably placed a further fifty times during her career.
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.
Alexandra Park – Friday 20 April, 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!!!
Hawera Easter Family Fun Meeting – 31 March, 2 April
The Hawera Harness Racing Club invites you to be a part of their Easter Family Fun Meeting to be held on Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April (Easter Monday).
Club President Brendan Towers describes the meeting as a ‘trainer’s weekend away’ and explains that the club are there to make the meeting an enjoyable one for all who attend.
“We will be holding dinner and entertainment for connections that are at the meeting on the Friday and Saturday nights, and are also here to assist with anything needed for horses and those connected with them,” said Towers. “We can help you find the right hotel or accommodation option, just get in touch and we will happily help.”
The grass track meeting features the Hawera Cup and will be focused on family entertainment too, with free entry on both days and bouncy castles and plenty to keep the kids amused.
Methven Owners’ Day and Expo - Sunday 15 April
The Methven Trotting Club will hold an Owners Day at their April race meeting to be held at Mt Harding Racecourse on Sunday 15 April.
The club warmly invites industry merchants and also fellow club administrators to attend the event and be a part of their owner’s experience and expo at the meeting.
This will provide an opportunity to promote products or clubs to owners present on the day.
The club wishes to reward owners with a horse in at their meeting by hosting them in the Mt Hutt Lounge oncourse. They will also invite owners from the region to attend and offer special catering options on the day for them, and encourage non owners to come along and find out how they can become a part of the action.
Those with ownership opportunities are welcome to contact the club in terms of potential options to promote ownership to potential new clients.