Club News 15 May


Waikato Bay Of Plenty HRC News – Thursday 16 May

Thursday 16th May – Crack Up Quiz Night At The Races

Crack Quiz night- SOLD OUT  

But we still have race night dining available in the Skyline lounge which is open to the public and has everything you need for a great night out - views, delicious meals and full bar & tote facilities - doors open at 5pm! - reserve your table here:

Thursday 6th June – Lads night at the races hosted by Jim from The Rock!

It's our first Lads Night at Cambridge Raceway and we're setting the bar high. Along with an awesome night of horse racing, beers and bants, there will be celebrity dual sulky races - Featuring Jim & a couple of players from the Chiefs.

Tickets are only $20 and include a Corona (or non-alcoholic drink) on arrival

More info here:


Alexandra Park – Friday 17 May

Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs!

We’re laying out the canvas and painting a spectacular night filled with glorious harness racing, fine dining, beautiful music and a hint of romance. Join us at Alexandra Park for our ever popular French Night in Top of the Park on Friday 24th May. Packages starting from $65 per person.

Indulge in the festivity of Mid-Winter Christmas with Alexandra Park! Embrace the winter chills whilst enjoying the hottest harness racing New Zealand has to offer! With four function rooms and a variety of packages over four mid-winter Friday nights starting 21st June until 12th  July, there is something to suit everyone. Dream of mulled wine, an all-you-can-eat Christmas-themed buffet and lively social atmosphere. Explore the best Alexandra Park has to offer, but don’t forget to book quickly as these popular nights don’t last long. Book online at

To find out more info, call 09 631 1165 or email [email protected]


Addington Raceway and Events Centre – 17 May

IRT HARNESS JEWELS  - Remember to book your perfect spot!

We are delighted to host the IRT Harness Jewels at Addington. Please see below details of all the festivities.

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 [email protected]

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’[email protected]

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 [email protected]

All details and booking forms are also on our website –

We are looking forward to hosting an outstanding day of our sport on Saturday 1 June. 

Have a great week.

From the Addington Team


Rangiora Harness Racing Club - 26 May – Pink Ribbon High Tea

The Rangiora Harness Racing Club will be hosting a Pink Ribbon High Tea at their May 26 meeting, to help raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

We're taking part in the Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign this year to help support Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's vital work.

High Tea at the Rangiora Races -26th May 12:15 to 4:30 PM 
Rangiora Racecourse, Westbelt

Tickets $75.00, of which $20.00 goes towards the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

Phone: 021-738-007

Email: [email protected]

Get your friends together and glam yourselves up for a fabulous afternoons entertainment. 

Tables of 6 and 10. 

A glass of bubbles on arrival. 

Prizes for best dressed and much more....................

The money raised will be used to fund research projects and medical grants to help improve survivorship, as well as support patients and their families during treatment and recovery.

Donate today to help make zero deaths from breast cancer a reality.


Nelson Harness Racing Club news – 7/9 June

The Nelson Harness Racing Club’s winter race meeting will be on Friday June 7 and Sunday June 9. First race each day is scheduled for 11.30 am.  There is no gate charge and race books will be available from the secretary office and the driver’s room.

The weather forecast (as always) is for fine weather so make sure you come on up and enjoy some Nelson sunshine and hospitality!!

Hot food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff. 

A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase in the bar and at the food and drink stalls.

Don’t forget the famous scallop pies will be available from the OTB rooms!!


The club would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 6th June in the Waimea Room under the main grandstands from 5 -7pm.  The club are putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting.  There will be raffles available so bring a few coins.

Breakfast will be again available from 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms.                                                                          
Nelson Pine Industries are again sponsoring our Prelude and the Nelson Winter Cup which we are excited to announce will be for stakes of $10,000 and $14,000 respectively. Please note this is now a R56 & Faster race and you will be racing for stakes over the two days of $24000.

We will be again running the “Mike Austin Memorial Trot” this race is for R40 and faster trotters and will be run on the second day of the meeting over 2400m.  The winner will receive a trophy and a dress rug.  The club would like to thank Jill Austin and family as well as Blair & Lisa Orange for their support.  This race will be a wonderful tribute to “Mike” a great educator and trainer of the square gaiter and once a local Nelson lad.

Just to note the R40 and faster Handicap trot on both days will be run over the 2400m distance.

The best presented horse in each race will win their trainer a bag of horse feed kindly provided by Dunstan Horse Feeds.

We will be again running our Pink Pick Selections we will be asking drivers of the selected horse in each race to wear a pink helmet cover. We have had a really great run with this promotion so keep an eye on the picks.



For nominations and stabling please contact Jason Broad (Race Day Secretary)
on 03 5446616 or 021 127 2912

For all other inquiries please call Kristie Hill on 021621075.


Addington Raceway - IRT Harness Jewels News and Owner Privileges

Harness Racing New Zealand and Addington Raceway would like to take this opportunity to notify all harness racing owners about the owner privileges on offer at the 2019 IRT Harness Jewels on Saturday 1 June 2019.

This year all owners with a horse entered (including all members of a syndicate) will receive a welcome pack.  This year two drinks vouchers and two owner’s lanyards will be included in each pack.  Please wear these lanyards at all times to ensure you gain access to The Sapphires Lounge and The Stables.

The Sapphires Lounge is for owners and members and is located on Level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand where it’s all about the racing. There will be large screens with all the live action, TAB facilities and a range of tasty deli food and cash bar facilities available (please note there is no allocated seating). Please present your owner’s lanyard to our host on arrival.

The drinks vouchers can be redeemed in the Sapphires Lounge and/or at the owner’s bar on Blanc de Blanc Lawn (in front of the Breckon’s Winners Bar).   Owners are encouraged to enjoy their drink vouchers at the owner’s bar prior to their race before moving to the seating bowl to enjoy all the action.

An email will be sent to all owners following the release of the final fields on Friday 24 May with full information.  The welcome packs are able to be collected from Addington Raceway’s Office from the following dates and times;

  • Tuesday 28 May – Friday 31 May between 9.00am – 4.00pm
  • Saturday 1 June from 10.30am onwards.

Please note these will need to be collected by owners on an individual basis.

Please also be aware that the health and safety of all patrons and licence holders is a priority for HRNZ and Addington Raceway, so there will be a limit of ten owners at a time visiting their horse in The Stables. Syndicate managers are asked to please be aware of this for health and safety reasons and plan to allow owners to see their horse in a safe manner in line with the guidelines.

The festivities for the week commence with the Welcome Dinner on Thursday 30 May at 6.00pm at Addington Raceway.  Be sure to join us for dinner where the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Aaron White and Mark McNamara will reminisce about the Jewels History and preview Saturday’s Jewels line up. 

To book tickets please visit

The hospitality options at Addington Raceway for the IRT Harness Jewels are also selling fast, so should you wish to enjoy the nine group one races from the comfort of our lounges and hospitality areas make sure you check out our options:

General admission will be just a gold coin donation at the gate with all proceeds going to St John.

Good luck to those with horses on the leader board and also over the final stages of qualifying. We look forward to seeing you all at the IRT Harness Jewels on Saturday 1 June.

Jewels front line limit

Owners and trainers are reminded that the front line limits for all Jewels races will be 8.

Overall field size for the Jewels is 12 plus 1 ballot (11 New Zealand runners plus 1 Australian invite or 12 New Zealand runners).

With all races being over 1980m from the mobile gate it is in the best interest of the punter to have consistent front line limits on this day.

Should the ballot draw on the front line and not regain a start the configuration may be 7 on the front line and 5 on the second line instead of 8 and 4.

IRT Harness Jewels Celebration Dinner – Thursday 30 May

Hosted by Addington Raceway and HRNZ, the IRT Harness Jewels Celebration dinner will be held at Addington Raceway on Thursday 30 May from 6pm.

Join us for dinner where we will look back at the previous 12 years of this wonderful concept. This will include Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Aaron White and Mark McNamara reminiscing on the Jewels history.

Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, the night will include a preview of Saturday’s Jewels and recognition of some of the unsung heroes. It will also include the presentation of tour leaders colours to the leading connections in each section of this year’s series from both New Zealand and Australia.

Tickets are $70 per person, or $650 for a table of ten, and includes a drink on arrival, three course plated dinner and cash bar facilities.

To book or for more information visit or call 03 339 7908.


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