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Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 30 August

Hello Everyone,

Only 76 days til Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day!  Let’s get excited!

Cup Week Public Tickets on sale – Monday 2 September!

Not long now!   Be sure to visit this Monday to find out all the fabulous things happening during cup week.

Remember to book your spot for Cup Week.  Our fabulous hospitality packages are on sale for Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day and Show Day Races.  Be sure to book soon and #bepartofthemagic, as three areas are already sold out for Tuesday and limited availability on Show Day. For further details, please visit;  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on [email protected], or 021 0298 5972.  We look forward to hosting you all!

Have a great week everyone and we look forward to welcoming you to the races on Friday for the start of Road to the Cup with the Allied Security Maurice Holmes Vase Group 3 Race.  Good luck to all the connections! 

From the Addington Team.


Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Friday 30 August

Faulty Towers at The Races- September 5th at Cambridge Raceway

In what is almost certainly a world first we're hosting a very special Faulty Towers Dinner Show at the races! 

Featuring the side-splittingly funny trio of Basil, Sybil and Manuel alongside thrilling harness racing action.

The Auckland-based comedy troupe is returning to Cambridge Raceway following their hilarious debut at the venue in June, but this time they're merging their renowned performances with the racing action. 

Enjoy their performance from the comfort of the Skyline Lounge, the custom show will take place between the races and it will be an interactive experience like never before. 

Fingers-crossed they'll be able to steer you into a winner or two! Tickets are only $35 per person!

For more info or to book tickets headlong to:



Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure.

Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties.

Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat.

It's light therapy for your senses!

For more info, head along to:


Forbury Park – Sunday 1 September

Come and enjoy Father’s Day at Forbury Park! Free kids entertainment, and Equinox Restaurant are doing an $18 roast & dessert special for the day.

Overnight stabling charge 

Forbury Park Trotting Club would like to advise that we are happy for trainers & their teams to stop over at Forbury Park on your way to other race meetings, however there will be a small charge @ $7.50 + gst per horse, per night - This is to cover our staff & use of facilities.

There is a form to complete prior to a visit which is available from the Forbury Office.  Phone number:  03 455 2154, or email:  [email protected] 

We would appreciate a couple of days’ notice ahead of an intended visit so that we can have the facilities ready for your stay, and to arrange access at a suitable time for us.


Methven Trotting Club – Sunday 15 September

As winter slowly fades  the Methven Trotting Club committee are hard at work preparing for the first grass track meeting of the season scheduled for Sunday September 15 at the picturesque Mt Harding course. Track supervisor Carl Markham and groundsman Pete ‘Stalky ‘ McLeod have overseen a complete removal and replacement of 400 meters of topsoil  just after the winning post which appears to have rejuvenated nicely ready for the new season.

Among the patrons on-course will be a large number from working men’s clubs all over Canterbury. One of the highlights is always the presidents race which usually generates plenty of colourful comment from the crowd as the ‘drivers’ reveal a few unusual tactics in endeavouring to grab bragging rights for the next year.

Over the last season the Mid Canterbury harness community lost some wonderful members including hardworking Methven committee men in John Stackhouse and Bernie Davidson. Both made huge contributions and will be irreplaceable. Popular trainers Doug McCormick and Pat Melville were also huge losses their big smiles will be sorely missed. Lastly Pauline O’Reilly who along with late husband Pat  were friend to so many in all walks of life. The Methven Club acknowledges and is grateful for all their contributions. Rest in peace.

Recently the club had its annual awards night and results were as follows;

Morrison Saddlery leading driver-John Morrison

John and Robyn Nicholl leading junior driver-John Morrison.

Horse Shoe Brands leading trainer-Greg and Nina Hope

Trouble Lodge and R.T. and J. May Young Achiever Award-Sarah O’Reilly.

This year the club is trailing an extra meeting which will be a eight race twilight meeting on Friday November 1. The club’s sponsorship  theme for the day will  be based around local rural contractors and their staff and a barbeque type social day. It is new ground for Methven and we have been encouraged by progress to date. So see you under the mountains on the 15th at Methven where the sun always shines.

  • Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club


Alexandra Park News


Auckland Trotting Club in Conjection with Alabar have a Service Fee for Tender to Ultimate Machete.

All tenders to be received by 8.00pm on Friday 20 September.

For more information or to lodge your tender, contact Karen Blanchard at [email protected] or call 027 808 3150

  • MEZZE: A Night of Sharing |  Friday 13 September from 5.30pm

Inspired by the Mediterranean. Join us in Alexandra Park’s premier restaurant, Top of the Park for a night of sharing and harness racing action. Begin the night with a drink on arrival and an antipasto platter to your table followed by a grazing buffet filled with goodies and scrumptious desserts to finish the night. We have group discounts available with packages starting from $65pp. Please note; groups of less than 8 may be required to share a table. Embrace the family traditions of the Mediterranean and book today!

Save time, book online

  • [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm

Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later!

Save time, book online  

Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4

The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual two day meeting at South Bay Racecourse to be held this year on Sunday November 3 and Monday November 4.

Working bees are underway, and the club are calling for trainers to please contact them in advance to arrange horse accommodation and assistance with any accommodation for trainers/drivers and owners.

Minimum stake on Day One’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $10,000 and $12,000.

On Alabar Kaikoura Cup Day on Monday the minimum stake is $10,000.

If anyone has any questions or wants to book their accommodation for horses please contact the club directly or Grant Anderson on 027 450 5468

Otago Harness Racing Awards - September 14

A star studded line up of New Zealand’s best pacers and broodmares will vie for titles at next month’s Otago Harness Racing Awards in Dunedin.

Classy youngsters Princess Tiffany and Ultimate Sniper will take on home town favourites Eamon Maguire and Majestic Man and northerners Speeding Spur and Havtime in the Best Otago Owned Horse category.

Bethany, the dam of Lazarus, One Over Kenny, the dam of Ultimate Stride, and Foreal, the dam of Field Marshal with square off with 100-win producer, Fleet’s Pocket, in the Broodmare Excellence category.

Each of those broodmare’s owners, Gavin Chin, Lex and Heather Williams and Syd and Shona Brown are finalists for Otago Breeder Of The Year alongside Archie Affleck.

Winners of the breeding awards and the Otago Horse Of The Year will be announced at a gala evening at Forbury Park on September 14.

A massive total of 23 titles will be awarded in age group trotting and pacing and training and driving categories.

Winners of the age group trotting and pacing awards will be eligible to be crowned Otago’s horse of the year.

Big race performers Cracker Hill, Ultimate Stride, Majestic Man and Jess Jaccka look to be some of the strongest contenders for the overall title.

More than one significant contribution award will industry members at the Otago awards.

Former champion thoroughbred trainer Dave O’Sullivan will be the guest speaker at the awards.

Tickets are available by contacting Lisa Butler at the Forbury Park Trotting Club on [email protected] or 03 455 2154.


2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September

Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington

6.30pm for a 7.15pm start

Tickets $60.00 incl. GST

Drinks extra at individual's cost.

Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019.

All enquiries to 021 969 969 or [email protected]

Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee - Stallion Services Purchase by Tender

 The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner has two Woodlands Stud Services for purchase by Tender.


  • Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final
  • Foaled in 2014 – Son of Somebeachsomewhere
  • Banked $2,179,558 from 35 career starts
  • Second year standing in New Zealand
  • 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST.

PEGASUS SPUR ‘Trotting’s Mr Consistent’

  • Sire of 124 NZ bred and 35 Australian bred winners including:
  • Maori Time – Australasia’s Fastest ever Trotter, t,1:51.5
  • Speeding Spur – winner of 17 Group 1’s including Prydes Great Southern Star - $1.1 million
  • Paramount Gee Gee – 2yo Colt of The Year,  3yo Colt of The Year, 4yo Entire of The Year
  • 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST.

Conditions of Tender:

All tenders submitted shall be plus GST.

The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee have the right to select any tender they so desire. They may decline all or any tender/s and their decision shall be final.

The successful purchaser will be advised within 3 working days and will immediately be issued with a tax invoice for a deposit of $250.00+GST with payment required within 21 days. This deposit will be deducted from the amount tendered in the tender. This deposit will be refunded only if the mare fails to get in foal.

The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee will invoice the purchaser for the remaining amount submitted and accepted as the tender amount once the mare has a 42 day positive test, and payment of this tax invoice is due within 21 days.

The tender is for the ‘Service Fee’ only. All other farm charges apply and will be payable by the successful purchaser.

The successful purchaser will be required to complete and sign a Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement. All the terms and conditions set out in this Stallion Service Agreement shall apply in full to the successful purchaser. 

A live foal guarantee applies only if the conditions of the Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement are complied with.

Written tenders are to be posted to 7 Clare Road, St Albans, Christchurch 8014 or e-mailed to [email protected] .  The closing date for tenders is Tuesday 02 September 2019 at 4.00 pm.


Southland Owners Day - 21 September

Harness Racing New Zealand, in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, are pleased to announce that on Saturday 21 September an Owners Day will be held at Ascot Park.

The event is a trial and part of the HRNZ ownership initiatives and will be held on race day.

It is free for all owners, not just those with horses competing at the race meeting. Guests are also encouraged to bring along friends and acquaintances who are interested in finding out more about becoming an owner themselves.

Owners Day will run throughout the race meeting and will include competitions and draws, the chance for prospective owners to win phantom shares in a racehorse competing on the day and much more.

An MC will interview various owners, trainers and drivers throughout the event and promote the various aspects of the sport and experiences of the winning connections.

Potential owners can also meet with trainers and syndicators to learn about how they can become part of the action.

There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the day, with a small expo operating in the room.

This event is part of a trial following on from previous functions at Alexandra Park and Addington that will explore multiple aspects which will be used to present ideas to clubs for future events they may hold themselves. In the attempt to encourage owners to attend their race days, with options for all clubs covered.

It is important that we canvas as many owners as possible to be able to provide accurate feedback so clubs can provide owners rewards in future.
These events could be an annual event for clubs to thank those who have supported them by racing their horse with them, or they could be held on a more regular basis.

Further information on the event will follow soon.

If you are interested in attending, or if you are a trainer, syndicator or business who is keen to be present to promote yourself, please contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand to register your interest.

Space is limited so an RSVP is advised – [email protected] 


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Methven Trotting Club

The Methven Club would like to make all aware that at their meeting this Sunday conditions will be similar to recent Addington meetings that is:

10 September 2020

Oamaru Race Track - an update on the All Weather Track

After feedback from drivers following on from the Kurow Harness Racing Meeting where drivers felt the screening between races of the running line was not effective, the club would like to advise the following: