Club News - 27 November

More Christmas racing at Invercargill

After a very successful pre-Christmas harness race day at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill last week, the Invercargill Harness Racing Club host another race meeting on Saturday 7 December.

The ten race programme is scheduled to start at 12 noon with the last race timed for 5.00pm.

Several groups are taking advantage of the event for Christmas functions, while the club still has space available for anyone who would like to book their group in for a relaxing, laid back day at the races.

There will be a free bag of lollies for any children on-course after Race 6, while all losing tote tickets up to race five will go in the draw for a meal voucher from Level 1 Restaurant & Bar.


Christmas is on the way!

And so are our pre-Christmas race meetings.

December is a fantastic month for racing with pre-Christmas events at Invercargill (Saturday 7 December) plus two at Winton – Winton Harness Racing Club (Sunday 15 December) and Wairio Trotting Club (Saturday 21 December).

A room cancellation at Invercargill means we have a hospitality area overlooking the winning post available for a group while there are tent sites available at all three meetings for your Christmas function or get together.

Contact us today for full details and conditions.

Lindsay Beer - 021 351 499 / [email protected]

Methven Trotting Club

The rain has slowed the snow has finally left the might of the Southern Alps and Methven folks thoughts are turning to the upcoming meeting of their local trotting club on Sunday December 8. The track is in good nick and the club is looking for a host of summer holidaymakers to join those just looking for a relaxing day with barbeque and drinks.

The feature races are the Methven Four Square Pacers Green Mile and the Fast Track Insurance/Greg and Nina Hope Racing Trotters Green Mile with the club hoping both will include intermediate and up and coming types with the crème being in Auckland for the Inters.

The other attraction will be two heats of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship a first for Methven and possibly the grass track a first for many Aussie competitors. Of particular interest to Mid Canterbury racegoers will be a rare Mid Canty flavour with both John Morrison and Sarah O’Reilly amongst the competitors sure to be crowd favourites. Lots of luck to all.

Numerous giveaways and spot prizes, lolly scrambles, the red robed white whiskered one will make an appearance for the little ones and as always the wonderfully politically incorrect ‘Babes in a barrow’ race where competitors race around the birdcage with the female half in a wheelbarrow and the male pushing to the accompaniment of a raucous and generally ‘helpful’ crowd.

In another innovative move the farmer first health clinic will be on hand to help with any rural folks and horse people’s health concerns, great initiative Wiggy, people make good use of it, so see you all at Methven Sunday week where the sun always shines.

Free health checks at Methven Races

GlobalHQ will be taking its health and wellbeing caravan to the Methven Races on the 8th December.

The caravan will be providing free health checks for anyone attending the Methven races on this date.

Dr Sue Fowlie and her nurse will be available to see anyone who would like a health check as GlobalHQ help to make sure that Farmers and the likes are being regularly checked out.

So when you are on course on the 8th December look for the bright orange caravan and pay them a visit.

You can read more about the initiative here

Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club

We are thrilled to confirm that we have been granted a one day racing licence to race on the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki on Sunday 2nd February 2020. Grass track racing at it's very best.

The tentative Programme is already posted on the HRNZ Website. It is planned to host 9 races on the day, with minimum stakes of $10,000 per race (The highest stakes of any grass track meeting in the North Island.) Features will be the Otaki Trotting Cup for the pacers run over 3000 metres from the stand with a stake of $12,000 and the Wellington Trotting Cup for the trotters run from a stand over 3000 metres with a stake of $12,000.

The Friday prior to our KCHRC Otaki race meeting (being Friday 31st January 2020) will see Manawatu Harness race at Manawatu Raceway. Therefore horses who wish to travel from the South Island or upper North Island to race 2 days could nominate for both meetings. Grass track horses could race at Rotorua on Sunday 26th January, then a week later race at Otaki on the grass.

Sunday 2nd February will be an Interislander Summer Festival of Racing Race day at Otaki. The Committee is working tirelessly to make this day a major success. Hosting Kidz Kartz from Taranaki, free children's entertainment, an All Up Place competition with a prize of $500.

Recently Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club held it's AGM. After 20+ years at the helm President Mary Colman retired to take the role of immediate Past President, and was honoured with a Life Membership of the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club.

The new Club President is Chris Craddock who had served as Vice President for the proceeding 10+ years. (With harness family roots originating in ‘the Buller’, Westport.) Kapiti Coast Harness has a new expanded Committee and is really looking forward to hosting an outstanding day on the Otaki Maori grass track Race Course on Sunday 2nd February 2020.

Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders

The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer.

DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere

Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final
2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST.
PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur

Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA
Sire of Paramount Gee Gee
2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST.
Please send all tenders to [email protected]


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