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Club News 27 February

Alexandra Park – 1 March

March Fundraising Race Nights

Alexandra Park will be holding two special race nights in March to help raise funds for Ovarian and Prostate Cancer.

March 1 is Oaks Night and will help raise funds for Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer. $5 from each ticket goes to the cause. 

The night will also feature a celebrity Dual Sulky race featuring Dom Harvey, Melodie Robinson, Brooke Howard-Smith, Frank Bunce, Cristina Ionda and Tom Knowles.

March 8 is Derby night and $5 from each ticket sold there will also go to the fight against Prostate Cancer.

Tickets are $65 per person, with elegantly crafted buffet dinner and desserts.

Both nights consist of great prize giveaways.

To book phone 09 631 1165 or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz

 

Addington Raceway and Events Centre - Friday 1 March 

IRT HARNESS JEWELS  - ALL DETAILS ABOUT THE WELCOME DINNER, GOLF DAY & HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE BELOW

Welcome Pre Function Dinner – Thursday 30 May 6.00pm

Silks & Satin Lounge, Level 2 Metropolitan Stand

Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, this special evening will celebrate the history of this wonderful event.  Included in the festivities will be the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Mark McNamara and Aaron White who through their commentaries, will highlight this special race series.  As part of this night HRNZ will present the IRT Harness Jewels colours to the leading set of connections in each category.

Evening includes;

  • Three course plated dinner
  • Cash bar facilities available

$70 per person

$650 for a table of 10

To book or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

IRT in association with TAB Harness Jewels Golf Day – Friday 31 May

This is a Four Ball Best Ball Stableford event to be held at the Templeton Golf Club.  The day will start with a pre-game BBQ from 10.30am with teams teeing off from 11.30am.  There will be a prize giving post game.

Individual $50 per player

Sponsorship $250+GST per hold including a team of 4

To book or for more information please contact Greg O’Connor at greg.o’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

IRT Harness Jewels – Hospitality Packages – Saturday 1 June

Ruby Lounge

Located on level 3 of the Metropolitan Stand, enjoy panoramic views over the track in a lounge setting with casual seating.   Ideal for groups of friends wanting the best views, in a more relaxed atmosphere where you can mix and mingle with other racing enthusiasts. (No allocated seating)

Package Includes:

  • · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Ruby Lounge
  • · Complimentary drink on arrival
  • · Stand-up grazing stations with an array of antipasto and seafood platters, fresh salads, carvery meats, fresh breads, hot vegetables, and a dessert selection
  • · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day)
  • · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day
  • · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s
  • · Racing Master of Ceremonies

$195 per person

 

Silks & Satin Lounge

Soak up the atmosphere and excitement in one of our largest lounges on course. Located on level 2 of the Metropolitan Stand with uninterrupted views of the winning post, this is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after positions for those wanting the complete hospitality experience. Allocated seating is at shared tables of 10 people.

Package Includes:

  • · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Silks & Satin Lounge
  • · Three course buffet lunch, including cold meats, seafood and salads, hot dishes, carvery, and mouth-watering desserts
  • · All beverages included – premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day
  • · Live entertainment
  • · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s
  • · Racing Master of Ceremonies

$295 per person

 

Spectators Punters Lounge

This is the perfect place for racing enthusiasts wanting a relaxed and casual place to mix and mingle. Enjoy the comfort of lounge facilities with access to the front of the Lindauer Lawn to watch all the trackside action. Spectators also offers a large screen, bar leaners and casual seating. (No allocated seating)

Package Includes:

  • · Course admission, racebooks and access to Spectators Punters Lounge
  • · Continuous spit roast grazing stations including fresh vegetables, seasonal salads, pork, Canterbury lamb and sweet treats
  • · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day)
  • · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day
  • · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s
  • · Racing Master of Ceremonies

$125 per person

     

For hospitality bookings or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All details and booking forms are also on our website – addington.co.nz.

 

We look forward to hosting you all.

Have a great week.

From the Addington Team

 

Stratford Trotting Club - Saturday 2nd March - Te Kapua Park Racecourse

The Stratford Trotting Club is looking forward to hosting the 61st Annual Race Day on the Saturday 2nd March. With large spacious grounds, 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 is free.  

Owners and trainers 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.

On race day owners are invited to the sponsors and owners marquee which you will find on the lawn.

On Friday 1st March, the night before the annual race day the Stratford Trotting Club hosts a get together for all Members of the club, Sponsors, Trainers and Drivers to show their hospitality.  

The club invites you to attend for a free BBQ meal and some refreshments provided for purchase. Afterwards an auction and raffles will be held with some great products on offer. The Trotting Club welcome you and encourage you to come along and looking forward to seeing you there.

Stratford Trotting Club Inc

 

Invercargill Harness Racing Club – Sunday 3 March

PRIZES FOR PATRONS AT ILT RACE DAY

On course patrons will be among the winners at the annual ILT Race Day at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Sunday (3 March).

Meal vouchers from ILT establishments to a combined value of $750 will be up for grabs during the day and can be won just by dropping your losing tote tickets into the barrels around the course which will put patrons in the lucky draw to win one of the many vouchers.

The feature races of the day will be the Northern Tavern Autumn Cup and the ILT Nugget Final while leading reinsman David Butcher of Cambridge will make a rare appearance in the Southern Harness region at the meeting. Butcher, who has reined over 2,500 winners for stakes of 24 million dollars, won the 2008 New Zealand Cup on Changeover, has experienced success at the Harness Jewels and has represented New Zealand in the World Driving Championships and he will be a drawcard for racegoers on Sunday.

Ten races are scheduled with the first at 12.25pm and the last at 5.27pm.

Admission to the course is free!

 

Cheviot Harness Racing Club - Sunday 3 March

Race day Sunday 3rd March at Addington Raceway. Book on the bus or make your own way but get your seat now!

Quality three course buffet meal. Why not book a table for you and your friends?

Members - Meal $45 - Meal/Drinks $75

Non Members - Meal $50 - Meal/Drinks $80

Bus - Members free, non members $10.

The bus will be returning to Cheviot after the last race.

To book phone Tony - 021 0829 6343 or Kirsten 021 326 321 

 

Northern Southland – 9 March

MORE THAN A TOUCH OF TEAL AT THE TROTS

The Northern Southland Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for their March race meeting which will also be the final meeting in the Southern Harness region as part of the Teal Pants Campaign which raises money for the fight against Ovarian Cancer.

The Teal Pants campaign sees $600 donated every time a female driver wins a race between 1 February and 10 March 2019. Each time a female driver is the first to greet the judge in the region Harness Racing NZ donates $200, the club at whose meeting the victory takes place gives $100, Woodlands Stud $100, Aldebaran Park $100 and Southern Harness Racing $100. The Teal Pants branding refers to the colour of driving pants worn by lady drivers during the promotion. Southern harness clubs are fully behind the campaign with meetings at Wyndham and Gore already having raised funds with meetings to follow at Winton, Invercargill and then the Northern Southland meeting. 

The Caduceus Club Of Southland and Southern Bred Southern Reared have contributed $500 each to the cause and the Ascot Park Hotel are also assisting with a prize on the day. 

To round off the campaign in the south the Northern Southland meeting on Saturday 9 March will see a big day of activity with competitions, merchandise and the opportunity to contribute to this worthy cause.

It is a major day for the club with three Group 3 races - the Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Trotting Cup, the Prydes Easifeed Southern Lights Handicap Trot and the Caduceus Club Of Southland /Alabar Fillies Classic plus the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks.

While the racing action will be of quality there are plenty of fun activities being held to help raise money for the cause – the fight against Ovarian Cancer.

‘Wear Teal and Win’ will give on course patrons the opportunity to win spot prizes such as betting vouchers, bottles of wine and more just by wearing teal –even just a splash of teal in your outfit will put you in line for some prizes. If you have nothing teal in your wardrobe, it is not a problem as there will be teal   merchandise on sale on the day with ties, ribbons and wristbands so while you are purchasing merchandise and supporting the cause you can also put yourself in line to win some great prizes. 

There will also be teal labelled collection buckets taken around the course for donations.

Teal will definitely be the order of the day with teal driver caps set to be used in other promotions while each dress rug presented on the day will be emblazoned with the Ovarian Cancer Teal ribbon logo.

Meanwhile the club will also continue their season long promotions at the meeting with a losing ticket draw after Race 6 which will net a lucky punter a $1000 betting voucher while an Owners Prize draw will culminate with the announcement of the three prizewinners who will take one of three prizes – first a trip for two people to the Rowe Cup in Auckland in April with accommodation, rental car and a tour of Alabar Stud courtesy of House Of Travel Lakers and Alabar, second an afternoon hosted at Macca Lodge followed by an evening meal and accommodation in the motel at the Waikaia Hotel and third one night accommodation at the Ascot Park Hotel courtesy of the ILT. Two members will also be drawn prior to the meeting to receive a $100 betting voucher each.

Admission to the course on the day will be free!

 

Methven Trotting Club - 31 March 

The Methven Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for our final Autumn meeting on Sunday March 31 the big feature on the day being the Woodlands Mt Hutt Country Cup over the 3,000m distance. Recent rain has improved the track which was starting to feel  the effects of a dry 6 weeks.

A big focus on the day will be an attempt to assist Pete Davis and Margo Nyhan with the club encouraging a gold coin donation the proceeds of which will be added to by the Methven Club and given to the pair in whichever means would be of most assistance. Go well and lots of love  Pete and Margo friend to so many in our local  harness community. Kudos to committeeman Nigel Armstrong for all his efforts in this cause.

The club has arranged for former local Maurice McKendry to be guest driver and with  Morrie in the twilight of his career it may well be the last chance for locals to see this very popular and talented horseman in action. Maurice is the winner of 3239 races and stakes of $28,474,507 and the club is very serious about getting Maurice driving in every race and hoping to set something up through the T.A.B. whereby he goes head to head with our other local horseman Ricky May the winner of 2901 races and $31,357,872 in stakes. Anyone who can help us with an opportunity for Maurice please ring Richard Bromley 021888900 or Mike Heenan 0272999604.

See you under the mountains on the 31st Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club