Club News

Timaru HRC - 24 April

$40,000 Pick Six at Timaru due to no harness racing this Thursday. 


Alexandra Park News 

Friday 26 April 2019 – American Night

Howdy Partner! Saddle up for Alexandra Park’s American Night on Friday 26th April from 5.30pm. Enjoy some harness racing action, all-you-can-eat southern style cuisine and a chance to wet your whistle. Cowboy hats and boots encouraged! Can you stay at the top of the mechanical bull leaderboard and take out the top prize? It’s gunna be a hoot. Ya'll get your group together and join in the fun.
What are you waiting for? Secure your table today! Go to

The night is supported by the Caduceus Club along with their loyal group of sponsors who support the running of the Woodlands Stud Caduceus Club Fillies Classic for 2 YO fillies as well as 6 other races on the card including the John Devlin Memorial Trot.

Also run on the night we have the Downbytheseaside at Woodlands 2019 Taylor Mile for 4 YO pacers, the final of Haras des Trotteurs Sires Stakes for 3YO Trotters and the HR Fisken & Sons ANZAC Cup for the highest rated trotters.

With this being the first night of the Premier racing in the Autumn at Alexandra Park all these horses will be able to compete for Group 1 glory again the following week if they happen to met with bad luck in the run.

Friday 3 May 2019 – 2019 Reharvest Rowe Cup

Friday May 3rd Harness Racing at its best - 3 Group 1 races as well as the Magness Benrow Sires Stakes 2 YO Fillies Championship will be run during the evening at Alexandra Park.

The other feature races through the night will be the Dawson Harford NZ Messenger Championship for 4 YO pacers, Breckon Farms Northern Trotting Derby for 3YO Trotters and the 2019 Reharvest Rowe Cup for the best trotters in the country racing for a stake of $150,000.00.

Top of the Park will open on this night for all your dining requirements and should you like more information or would like to make a booking go to

Friday 24 May 2019 – French Night in Top of the Park 

For bookings go to or phone 09 631 1165

Annual Wish 4 Fish Charity Function in Tasman Room, Alexandra Park Raceway, Auckland – All fund raised at this event will go to Wish 4 Fish Charitable Trust. Tickets cost: $135.00pp includes buffet meal & beverage package.

The night will include charity auctions, raffles and a punters club $10.00 per share.

For more information and to order tickets please phone Bryce on 021 616 601 or e-mail [email protected]

Mid-Winter Christmas – Christmas Party 21 & 28 June & 5 & 12 July 2019:

Indulge in the festivity of mid-winter Christmas with Alexandra Park.

Embrace the winter chills and find some festive spirit whilst enjoying the best harness racing in New Zealand. Offering FOUR function rooms and packages over four mid-winter Friday nights, there is something to suit all groups and budgets.

Dream of mulled wine, all-you-can-eat buffet and a 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.

Go to to book your tickets or ring 09 613 1165.


Invercargill HRC - Saturday 27 April


One of the premier events on the Southern Harness Racing calendar – Diamonds Day - takes place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Saturday 27 April.

The event is the culmination of several of the major harness race series in the south with feature events including the finals of the Macca Lodge/Nevele R Stud Southland Oaks and the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes, both races run over 2700m for a stake of $50,000.

The Regent Car Court Southern Country Cups Handicap Pace also over 2700m for a stake of $25,000 is another feature as is the Group 3 Diamond Creek Farm 2yo Classic raced for a stake of $50,000 over 2200m. High quality fields are expected for a day of superb harness racing.

On course patrons also have the opportunity to win in several competitions on course. Included among these is the Level One Restaurant & Bar Lucky Losing Ticket draw after Race 6 where a lucky losing ticket will win a $50 meal voucher from the sponsor plus a pictorial quiz which will feature in the race book. The children are not left out as they will receive a free bag of lollies after Race 6.

Eleven high quality harness races are programmed with the first scheduled for 11.40am. Admission to the course is free. Some hospitality options are still available on course.

Other dates for the Invercargill Harness Racing Club before the season ends include Saturday 4 May, 25 May and 8 June as well as Queens Birthday Monday 3 June.


Cambridge Raceway - Sunday 28 April

Sunday 28th April – Launch of Cambridge Raceway’s newly renovated public bar! Along with ‘pop up’ mini golf, The Public Bar promises the best drink prices on course. Lounge opens at 11am on Sunday and is located on the ground level of the Grandstand.

Thursday 16th May – Quiz night at the races

New Zealand's best comedy pub quiz hosted by the hilarious Alan McElory is coming to Cambridge Raceway! So leave all your preconceptions of a boring tavern quiz at the door as this is not your average pub quiz. Throw in some live Harness Racing action throughout the evening and this is a night out not to be missed!

More info 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 - Plus if you purchase your ticket before May the 6th you'll also receive a $20 bet to use on the night!

More info here:


Rangiora HRC 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

Purchase your tickets before the 10th May and go in the draw to win a return trip to the High Tea at the Races in an Airpark limousine!

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.


Addington Raceway News

Hello Everyone,

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


April Club of the Month – Timaru HRC

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce a new monthly feature, Club of the Month.

Similar to the Stable Shout concept where we recognize trainers who are exceeding expectations in terms of owners experiences, the Harness Racing New Zealand owners subcommittee wish to also acknowledge clubs who have gone above and beyond to ensure all owners (winning or otherwise) are looked after and appreciated on race day.

This month our winner is the Timaru Harness Racing Club, which was nominated by Nora Bishop.

Nora has always been grateful for the Club’s efforts to look after her and her owners when she has raced a horse with them.

“The Club has given me meal vouchers for owners to redeem at their wholesome little restaurant (The Grey Way Lounge) and always invite the owners up to the President’s room for drink in one of the most welcoming environments.”

“They also do a great job with initiatives like the Mother’s Day lady driver race series, and incorporate great events for mothers and ladies in the industry on the day. So that encourages people to bring their families along on course and celebrate ladies in racing.”

“The Timaru club also try really hard to have something for families at the track too which is always appreciated by owners with children. The kid’s lucky draw was always a hit with my kids!”

We congratulate the Timaru Harness Racing Club for going the extra mile for owners and encourage other owners to nominate a club they have had a positive experience with by emailing Jess Smith – [email protected]  


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