Club News - March 11

Banks Peninsula Trotting Club - Sunday 15th March

Come and enjoy exciting grass track racing, with lots of free kids entertainment and support the last day of Team Teal in helping to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer.

Alicia Harrison (North Island Ambassador) will be at our meeting to join the rest of the female drivers in their teal pants, and to drive in the Team Teal Ladies Race. 

The Club are ectastic with the large number of nominations for their race meeting, and will be adding another race to the programme, which will be an extra Female Drivers only race.


Touch of teal theme - Categories: Classic Lady, Best Millinery, Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Country Lady

Entrants must enter at the fashion tent prior to race 3. This is an R18 event. 


Many thanks to our sponsors, Stephanie Murray Mortgages ($250 travel voucher), French Bay House, Akaroa Dolphins, Garrards, Viva La Moda, Peninsula Flowers, Akaroa Four Square, Lonestar, Quantam Print Design, Belinda Green Millinery & more.


We will be selling teal merchandise and accepting donations throughout the day. We are pleased to announce that Warren and Mahoney have made a generous donation already to the cause of $500.

We look forward to seeing you out at Motukarara with your picnic to support this fantastic campaign and great day of racing.

Wyndham Harness Racing Club hosts Premier Race Day

The Wyndham Harness Racing Club host their premier race day this Saturday, 14 March, at Young Quinn Raceway in Wyndham.

The feature races are the NZ Kindergarten Stakes and the Wyndham Cup. This year there is a new sponsor for the club’s premier race, the NZ Kindergarten Stakes. The committee of the Southland Harness Awards have agreed to sponsor the $30,000 Group 3 race.

The Kindergarten Stakes has been one of the prestigious races for two-year olds in the country with horses of the calibre of Young Quinn, Matai Dreamer, Model Hardcraft and Master Mood saluting the judge.

In recent years Canterbury has had a stranglehold on the race - Waikiki Beach was a former winner of the race, he had an unbeaten record as a two-year-old winning 10 from 10 for a purse of $355,551. He then won another 10 races as a three-year-old.  You have to go back to 2009 and 2010 to find the last Southland trained two-year-olds to win the Kindergarten Stakes. Doug McLachlan trained El Nino to win in 2009 and the following year Tony Stratford’s charge, Le Sol was the winner.

The Southland Harness Awards have built up a small reserve of money to cover sponsorship and on hearing that the Kindergarten Stakes were in need of help in the form of sponsorship after a long term sponsor changed their focus, it was decided to support the Kindergarten Stakes for the season.

The Awards have also sponsored the Cadet Scheme for a number of years as they feel the youth of the industry need encouragement and recognition to keep them in the industry.  Other recipients of sponsorship from the Harness Awards has been the Ladyship Series, Koru Care and Kidz Kartz.

The President of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club Russell Ferguson says, “we certainly appreciate the support of the Southland Harness Awards and welcome them aboard as a sponsor of the NZ Kindergarten Stakes. Sponsorship is very important to all clubs including ours and we appreciate the support of all of our sponsors.”

The other feature on the programme is the MLT Three Rivers Hotel Wyndham Cup, part of an action packed, 11 race programme which commences at 12 noon.

Admission on the day is free and all children’s entertainment on course is also free.

Forbury Park - Monday, 23rd March

Come along to our Dual Code Meeting on Monday, 23 March at Wingatui, which is also Otago Anniversary Day.

It will be a thrilling day of harness racing and gallops!

There will be:

  • Punting Competition
  • Free kids entertainment (Face Painting, Pippity Pop Balloonist)
  • Food Stalls

Gates open at 11.00am and free admission


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