Club News - 12 December 2018

TAB Jackpots

Pre-Christmas Bonuses on NZ Early Quaddies
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday between now and Christmas there will be a Bonus Early Quaddie on a NZ meeting:

Thoroughbreds: $20k Bonus Early Quaddie every Saturday
Harness: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Friday night AND Sunday
Greyhounds: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Thursday evening

Bonus Pools

Thu 13 Dec Addington Dogs: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie

Fri 14 Dec Alexandra Park Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie

Sat 15 Dec Te Rapa Races: $20k BONUS Early Quaddie

Sun 16 Dec Rangiora AND Winton Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddies

Pick Six 

Thu 13 Dec $40k Guaranteed at Palmerston North Night Harness

Fri 14 Dec $25k Guaranteed TURBO at Alex Park/Addington Night Harness


Interdominion Harness @Melton: A$110k BONUS Quaddie Races 5, 6, 7 & 8.


Manawatu Harness Racing Club - Thursday 13 December

First race at 5.16pm. Features a $40,000 Pick Six. 


Addington Raceway - Friday 14 December

Hello Everyone,

The countdown is on for Christmas.  Do you need to order Christmas Goodies, or organize a get together prior to the end of year.  If so, we can help! 

ADDINGTON PANTRY ONLINE CATERING has Christmas Treats available to purchase!  Our Chefs have made delicious Christmas cakes, mince tarts and steam puddings for you to order online.  Please visit our website to make your life easy leading up to the big day.   

As you could imagine Christmas at the Races is extremely popular.  If you are still looking for something, we have options available for Friday 14 and 21 December. 

Friday 14 December

Experience a Christmas Party like no other! Friday week we have a phenomenal festive atmosphere, delicious food, entertainment and of course great harness racing action on the track.  Options start from $75 per person. 

End of Year Celebration ~ 21st December Races 
Get your colleagues, friends and family together for one of the last working days of the year, and relax and unwind on the Lindauer Lawn from 2pm while watching the races.  Package includes: Christmas-themed BBQ buffet, allocated outdoor seating with umbrella, live entertainment between races and cash bar facilities. Only $38 per person.

UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC - Friday 14 December - Friday 21 December (Tentative)

To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email [email protected]

Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.



Alexandra Park - Friday 14 December and Saturday 15 December 

Christmas At The Races popular as ever

Alexandra Park’s eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings set down for November and December are selling fast but there’s still time.

“Our three November evenings are probably where we’ve got the best availability. However individuals, businesses and organisations need to book now to avoid disappointment,” says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park.

The 2018 Christmas At The Races evenings will take place on Fridays 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 15 December.

The incredibly popular nights are promoted as the perfect work Christmas party with a gourmet buffet, stunning décor, and great entertainment including a visit from Santa himself!.

Holly packages remain available from $70 per person, as do the delightful Mistletoe packages at $115 with the option of track-view dining outside on the Epsom Balconies.

Also, still available are the premium Pohutukawa packages in the Tasman Room from $140 which include a premium drinks package. However, Pohutukawa packages in Alexandra Park’s level five Top of the Park venue, priced from $165, are now limited but with some availability still on 21 December.

Ms Visser says regardless of the hospitality package, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat Christmas-style buffet.

Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages and exciting harness racing under lights. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy live entertainment.

For further information on Christmas At The Races or to reserve your table please call (09) 631-1165, email [email protected] or visit

Inter Dominions 2019 at Alexandra Park

Dates confirmed are:

Friday 29th November

Tuesday 3rd December

Friday 6th December


Saturday 14th December

ATC 2019 Syndicate:

Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses.

To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful:

At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson:

Name: Alta Redeemer

Trainer: Robert Dunn

Name: Christianshavtime

Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson

Name: Bet West

Trainer: Brent Mangos

When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have.

There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year.

Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge.

We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland.

Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers.

For further information please contact or go to

Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager

Mob: + 64 21 253 8765

Email:  [email protected]

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on [email protected] or give us a call on 09 631 1165


Winton HRC - Sunday 16 December


Central Southland Raceway in Winton is the focus for harness racing over the next few weeks with three of the four remaining meetings of 2018 held at the course.

The Winton Harness Racing Club host meetings at the course on 16 and 31 December while the Wairio Trotting Club hold their annual Christmas meeting and Cup Day on Saturday 22 December.

The first of the three meetings is the Winton Harness Racing Club Christmas Races at the course on Sunday 16 December. The club have a ten race programme from 12.20pm with the feature races, the AON Insurance Equine Stakes and the Ryal Bush Transport Mobile Pace. There is a great day of free entertainment for the kids with mini jeeps, a bouncy castle and a lolly scramble with Santa all part of the fun.

On Saturday 22 December, the Wairio Trotting Club will hold their Christmas Races at the course from 12 noon. The feature race is the Otautau 4 Square Supermarket Wairio Cup while Santa Claus will pay another visit to the course and there will be a lolly scramble and other children’s entertainment including $2 mini jeep rides.

After the Christmas rush is over relax in a picnic atmosphere on New Year’s Eve. Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy a laid back afternoon with the Winton Harness Racing Club.

The other meeting prior to the end of the year is a fun filled day for all at Gore on 27 December.


Cambridge Raceway - Club to mark Centenary in style

A great night of summer racing with plenty of atmosphere promises to entertain racegoers attending Cambridge Raceway’s January 11 meeting next year, which will mark the centenary of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness Incorporated racing club.

Established in 1919, the club has become an integral part of the Cambridge community. Not only has it become the epicenter for racing in the region, its facilities have also been widely utilised, including as a training camp for the New Zealand military during World War II.

To mark the milestone, the club plans to celebrate in style with the night taking on a 1920’s Great Gatsby and Peaky Blinders theme and racegoers are encouraged to dress-up accordingly.

“We want to make a really big night of the centenary meeting,” Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch said.

“It’s all going to be dress-up, the whole place will be decked out in a 1920’s theme.

“We want to create a great atmosphere and pack the grass verge out along the front of the grandstand with hospitality, the Skyline Lounge will also be open, the Alf Walsh Lounge will take on a speakeasy vibe for the night and we will also have our Colts and Fillies Club to entertain the children.

“We’re not only celebrating racing at Cambridge but also the past 100 years of the Cambridge township and we’re involving the Cambridge Community in the promotions and the race night.

“There will be a 1920s themed window dressing competition in the lead up to the event.”

The night will also offer a great card of racing, including the Gr.2 Waikato Flying Mile (1609m) and the Gr.3 Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes (1700m), which have been specifically moved to mark the celebration.

“Traditionally they have been on that earlier January meeting, but this will space it out a bit more from the Auckland (new year’s eve) meeting, so hopefully we will get a few of the better horses from the Auckland Cup (Gr.1, 3200m),” Branch said.

The Waikato Flying Mile has been a key race for the club, with its inaugural running in 1966, and plenty of quality graduates have gone on to perform at elite level.

“It’s always a race that has brought the crowds,” Branch said. “I remember Christian Cullen when he won the race, and going through the past winners it’s a pretty impressive roll of honour.”

Other notable winners include champion pacers Young Quinn, Luxury Liner and Christopher Vance, while recent winners include race record holder Adore Me (1.51.6) and current world-beater Lazarus.

Branch said there has been many highlights for the club in its 100 years, including the running of the Harness Jewels every second year since its inception, but the construction of the grandstand in the 1970s has been the club’s biggest achievement.

“The Jewels has definitely been a highlight, but building the grandstand has been the biggest highlight for the club,” Branch said.

“The Jewels this year has been the biggest highlight for myself as chief executive of the club and also retaining it for 2020. There has been a lot of learning from this year’s event, so we’re excited to see what we can offer in 2020.

“We have got a fairly new team at the raceway and everybody is keen and wanting to move the place forward, which is fantastic.”

The gates to Cambridge Raceway will open at 5pm on January 11, with racegoers encouraged to dress-up for the 1920’s theme.

For more information visit this page – Cambridge Raceway


Central Otago Trotting Club News - 2 January

The Central Otago Trotting Club is proud to announce two exciting competitions which will soon be live on their facebook page!

Witches of Westview competition 

Be in to win a share in a syndicate of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ courtesy of Nigel Armstrong & Central Otago Trotting Club.

This is your opportunity to ‘own’ a share in your own racehorse from 2nd January 2019 through to …………………

You will not have to contribute any money at any stage to pay for the syndicate.

This is an opportunity to be involved in racing up to 6 horses throughout New Zealand.

At the end of it you may even receive a pay-out – if the horses do well enough, though we can’t guarantee that.

This is a fantastic no risk opportunity for you to experience the thrill of racing as an owner.

To enter you all you need to do is type Witches in the comments, tag a friend and share the Facebook page.

On race day entries will be drawn against a horse (in a yet to be specified race) in a sweepstake manner. The winning and 2ndplace getting horses in that race will receive a share each. In the event of a dead heat for 2nd, the club will try to get an additional share, otherwise it would be decided by coin toss.

Entries close 30 Dec 2018

Terms & Conditions of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’

  1. Open only to females
  2. Be 18yrs or over to enter
  3. Only one entry per person
  4. Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’
  5. Must be on course at Omakau Racecourse, 2 January 2019 to pick up prize or will it will be redrawn.
  6. Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions.
  7. To have photo ID on the day
  8. All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday.
  9. COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter.

For full terms and conditions see ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ rules.

‘Own the Moment Syndicate’ compliments of Kirk & Michelle Larsen

This competition will give you a phantom share of a racehorse at Omakau on 2nd January 2019.

The winner will receive complimentary admission and carpark tickets for 4 people.

At the course once you have identified yourself at the secretary’s office you will receive 4 complimentary race books, you will be treated like an owner throughout the day. A COTC committee member will take you to meet the trainer and horse.

You will be invited to watch the race from the owners & trainers stand.

If the horse is a winner, then you will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with it.

The club will put $50 each way on the horse for you – if you win the dividend is yours.

After the race you will receive an invite to the president’s bar.

To enter all you have to do is type Own the Moment in the comments, tag a mate and share the facebook page.

Entries close on 24 Dec 12 noon

If you are excited about owning a share in a syndicate, follow the link

Terms & Conditions of ‘Own the Moment Syndicate’

  1. Be 18yrs or over to enter
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’
  4. Will be drawn on 24 Dec 2018
  5. Must be on course on the day to collect prize – 2nd Jan
  6. Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions.
  7. To have photo ID on the day
  8. All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday.

COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter. For all full terms and conditions see the Facebook Page. 


Southern Harness News - Online Noms from 1 December

The Southern Harness Racing Board has made a directive from 1st December ALL nominations must be made online. This will act as confirmation of your nominations.

With Southern Harness Racing now preparing race fields for over 70 meetings this historical process of receiving manual nominations by phone is an inefficient use of staff resources.  With the workload, this manual process also increases the risk of errors being made.

Note: This is for nominations only and all other communication will be as in the past.

Nominations will need to be done through the Trainers Login Password on the HRNZ Website or by login on your phone by downloading the app.  Please watch the tutorial below:

If trainers wish to have training on the use of online nominations please contact the Southern Harness office and this will be arranged for you.


After a successful Nugget Series and culminating in a Super Nugget Final for a $20,000 stake, the Board has gone further and introduced a Ladyship Series for fillies and mares. All these series finals have a stake of $12,000 and Super Finals for $20,000.

All winners of Finals gain automatic qualification for the Super Finals. Dates are:

  • Super Nugget Final (Pacers) – 9th March 2019 (NSTC)
  • Ladyship Stakes Final (Fillies & Mares) – 6th April 2019 (Invercargill HRC)
  • Gold Chip Final (Trotters) – 13th April 2019 (Winton HRC)

For full conditions of these series please refer to Raceday Programmes.


All Races programmed rated R60 & faster will be carrying a stake of $14,999 (irrespective of gait).  This is to reward the faster classes horses in the area and a continual increase in stakes in Southland to keep the horses locally and not offshore.


Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc Update

Fantastic news Harness racing enthusiasts and participants. The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club can confirm that our 2019 Racing License has been recently granted by the NZ Racing Board for Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February to be held on the MAIN OUTSIDE TRACK of the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki. This is North Island GRASS TRACK harness racing at its very best. A successful galloping race meeting was held last Thursday on the Otaki Maori Race course and the track came through with ‘flying colours’ , after extensive drainage work and grass reseeding of the surface. By February 2019 we expect the grass track to offer a near “perfect” racing surface for all HARNESS participants.  

The Club anticipates that stakes will be on a par with our 2018 meeting, being $9,000 per race , with the Wellington Trotting Cup run on the Friday with a stake of $12,000 and the Otaki Cup run on the Sunday for $12,000.[ These stakes were the highest of any North Island Grass track harness meeting in 2018]. There will be 10 races programmed each day.  

The usual Kapiti hospitality will be on offer for all industry participants and owners. We welcome you all with open arms on the Kapiti Coast at Otaki Racecourse in early February 2019.

Chris Craddock

Vice President

Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc.

027 410 2420      


Southern Harness News  A TON OF FEED TO BE WON

Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season.

At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds.

At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds.

The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March.

That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs!

Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support.


Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton

Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell

Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham

Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton

Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill 


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