Cambridge Raceway tempting Aussies with flights

Cambridge Raceway have announced a new concept designed to attract Australian raiders to compete in their two feature races this summer.

The first Australian-based runners home in both the Gr.2 Group One Turf Bar Flying Mile Trot (1609m) on December 24 and Gr.2 McMillian Equine Feeds Flying Mile Pace (1609m) on January 10 will receive complimentary flights home flying IRT.

“We would love to have some international competition in our two biggest races of the season,” said Cambridge Raceway CEO Dave Branch.

“We think it’s a realistic possibility this year with several Australian runners likely to be in the region for the IRT Inter Dominion races already.”

Australian-based runners competing at Cambridge Raceway, outside of the bi-annual Harness Jewels meeting, are rare. However, Victorian-based Kiwi Brent Lilley did train Kyvalley Blur to win the Gr.2 Group One Turf Bar Flying Mile Trot two years ago.

The Gr.2 McMillian Equine Feeds Flying Mile Pace has never been won by an Australian horse but it’s illustrious honour roll includes Young Quinn, Delightful Lady, Christian Cullen, Homes DG, Elsu, Auckland Reactor and Lazarus.

Both races will carry a purse of NZ$50,000. Full terms and conditions for both races will be available in the respective programmes on hrnz.co.nz or contact the Cambridge Raceway office for more information.

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