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COnTeNTS 04.8 Hawke’s Bay Spring Classic
Step into Spring with the first big event of the racing season.
06.8 WHAT TO WEAR TO THE RACES
Fashion in the Field judge Angela Stone shares her top tips for this year’s upcoming racing season.
09.8 MELBOURNE CUP
Sheila Laxon talks about being the first female trainer to win the Melbourne Cup and we preview three Melbourne Cup day meetings – Ellerslie, Otaki and Wingatui.
The thunder of hooves, the turn of the wheel, the thrill of the chase and the roar of the crowd – we’re racing!
10.8 NEW ZEALAND CUP & SHOW WEEK
We’d like to invite you, your friends and family to join hundreds of thousands of Kiwis nationwide in experiencing what is a truly unique entertainment experience – a day or evening at the races, this spring and summer.
We preview the sights, sounds and races of a quintessential South Island experience.
12.8 CHRISTMAS AT THE RACES
A social summer’s day or night at the track is proving to be an increasingly popular choice for many businesses and groups.
There’s literally something for everyone, from the young to the not-so-young and all the action is happening at a track near you in the upcoming months.
14.8 ELLERSLIE CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL
Spring and summer is the time that New Zealand racing really shines, there are fantastic race days showcasing our three ‘codes’ – thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing – staged up and down the country.
Party on Boxing Day, unwind at the free Summer Raceday then get the year off to a great start at the New Year’s Day Races.
18.8 INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL
Over 40 racing events will take place from Boxing Day to mid-February throughout New Zealand.
20.8 PROFILE – JOCKEY SAMANTHA SPRATT
When she’s not piloting thoroughbreds around the racetracks, this 28-year-old is a busy mother and fitness enthusiast.
21.8 WELLINGTON CUP CARNIVAL
It’s Wellington’s time to party in late January – a week of racing, fashion, food and family.
22.8 karaka million
The glitz and glamour of horse racing reaches its pinnacle in New Zealand at the Karaka Million Twilight meeting.
23.8 SO YOU WANT TO OWN A RACEHORSE?
Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis gives readers the ins and outs of owning a racehorse.
24.8 auckland cup WEEK
Throughout the country, racing fans, socialites, trainers and enthusiasts eagerly mark one week on the calendar.
26.8 THE BLUFFER’S GUIDE TO PLACING A BET
Racing has a long, illustrious history in this country and remains a vital part of our sporting, recreational, entertainment and cultural heritage. The New Zealand Racing Board is the operator of the country’s iconic, official racing and sports betting agency, the TAB. For every bet placed with the TAB, whether it is on the gallops, trots or greyhounds, or on the All Blacks or European football, the TAB contributes to the racegoer, development and growth of racing and sport in New Zealand. In towns and cities the length and breadth of New Zealand racing plays an important economic, social and cultural role. The racing industry is the lifeblood of many communities, supporting not only those directly employed in racing but also a cross-section of people, groups and businesses in a huge range of associated sectors. Racing employs almost 17,000 people in full-time positions and racing facilities are used by more than 400 community groups every year. More than 52,000 Kiwis are actively involved in racing, and the industry contributes more than $1.6 billion in GDP to New Zealand’s economy. Most importantly, racing offers a unique sporting, social and entertainment experience for everyone; a relaxed, picnic-style day out with the family, fun with friends or an opportunity to get dressed to the nines, you can do it all at the races this spring and summer.
Know the difference between a Quinella, Trifecta and Boxed Trifecta? Our simple guide will help you place your next bet!
27.8 PROFILE – DRIVER DEXTER DUNN
And We’re Racing! is your very special guide to this season’s top racing events throughout the country. So, get your family and friends together and plan a trip to the races this spring and summer.
Kiwi harness racing star Dexter Dunn has a superhero’s name and the powers to match.
We look forward to seeing you at the track!
28.8 HARNESS JEWELS
It’s the prize harness racers across the Southern Hemisphere have their eye on: the Harness Jewels.
30.8 RACING CALENDAR OF EVENTS
A selection of some of the season’s biggest racing events.
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Carnival Season starts with the Spring Classic Spring in Hawke’s Bay is heralded by blossom, warm sunshine and the first opportunity on New Zealand’s racing season of major events to dress up and enjoy top spring racing! The Turks Spring Classic delivers something for everyone. The Turks Spring Classic is the biggest event of the Rush Munro’s Spring Carnival, and it is packed with food and fashion. There is also big money up for grabs, both on and off the track. This year will be even better than before – there is a larger area for general public, comprising the main stand, the southern lawn where two bands are playing and a dedicated Fashion in the Field village. The Spring Classic is a favourite for both locals and visitors to the Bay looking to celebrate spring racing. For those who want to enjoy the Stella Artois garden bar trackside,
which features live music and members-stand admission, to those wanting the luxury of the Hawke’s Bay Wine Country Marquee, which features gourmet buffet lunch and plentiful complimentary drinks, there are a range of hospitality options to suit everyone. Amongst the ten races of top spring racing action is the Turks Spring Classic Race itself. With total stakes of $250,000, the country’s top weight for age horses will race over 2,040 metres to win the third and final race of the Hawke’s Bay triple crown. Auckland Cup winner Sangster is likely to lead a field stacked
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with elite ‘Group 1’ thoroughbreds in a contest that is sure to entertain the crowd. For those that enjoy a serious bet, the Punter of the Year Competition will run during the day; a prize of $20,000 and the title of Bay Ford New Zealand Punter of the Year is up for grabs. This year the Fashion in the Field competition goes large, with the Hunt & Seek-sponsored event getting its own village. From handmade jewellery to high-end fashion, the fashion village will showcase the latest designs from across the country.
And it’s not just the village expanding, but the prizes too. The overall winner will score a trip to Hawaii, including flights and accommodation, as well as jewellery, champagne, clothing and accessories.
Quick facts Hawke’s Bay Turks Spring Classic Raceday Hastings Racecourse Saturday, October 5, 2013 Gates open at 10.30 am, first race is at 12 noon. For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
Top Tips for what to Wear to the Races Premier racing events provide you with the perfect opportunity to pull out your finest dress or splurge on a shopping trip and don the most glamorous attire.
Spring and summer racing is just around the corner, but you needn’t fret, there is still plenty of time to prepare. Styling connoisseur and Fashion in the Field judge Angela Stone shares her top tips for this year’s upcoming racing season. “First and foremost, the races are about glamour and sophistication. So it goes without saying that these are stylish affairs in which poise and elegance is key. As such, attendees are certainly expected to don their finest, both day and night.
“Whether guests are coming to the races for a little socialising, or they are fashion aficionados hoping to win big in this year’s fashion competitions, there are some key style ideas I’d suggest are worth keeping in mind. “When it comes to the races, I strongly suggest looking for more structured, European-inspired garments. Whether guests feel more comfortable in tailored summer dresses or more conservative pant suits, this year’s races will be all about flattering structure and form. With the right tailoring, simple ensembles can take a whole new form. For example, when fitted and tailored
Key trends this season PLEATED DRESSES: style icons during the English racing summer have provided us with a high standard of attire to live up to. Luckily, they have also given us some simply stunning outfit inspirations. Pleated dresses are going to be a hot trend for this year’s races, and they work absolutely fabulously with a lace bodice. BRIGHT YELLOW: appearing at racedays around the world, bright yellow gowns have been making quite the statement. It goes without saying that this unlikely raceday colour is not for the faint-of-heart. To pull off your own version of this trendy look, you could try toning it down with a graphic print or by utilising striking yellow detailing.
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correctly, the humble floral dress can look as refined and glamorous as any cocktail inspired outfit, and is certainly more appropriate for the day time. “Attendees looking to up the ante should concentrate on their accessories. I believe that the right accessories can really take an outfit to a whole new level, without looking too over the top. The key is not necessarily to wear accessories that match the outfit, but accessories which complement the overall ensemble. A trap I see many women fall into at the races is concentrating solely on colour matching. To truly set themselves apart, attendees should mix and match luxurious fabrics and textures while also paying careful consideration to the accessories and time period of the outfit. “If I were to describe the style expected of attendees at this year’s races in one word, I would say ‘refined’. The most glamorous guests will focus on quality, their outfit will be highly tailored and the entire ensemble is sure to be inspirational.”
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MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL THE CELEBRATION THAT STOPS A NATION
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Kiwis INVADE THE Biggest Show In Town The Melbourne Cup is an event consistently associated with racing greats. From Sheila Laxon, the New Zealander who became the first female trainer to win the race with Ethereal in 2001, to Kiwi, the come - from - behind stayer trained on a Waverley farm who shocked the racing world, the Melbourne Cup is a race that has brought Australia and New Zealand to a standstill for more than 150 years.
“As far as horses this year, Puissance de Lune, who won the Bendigo Cup by a country mile last year looks to have the sort of build-up to go well,” adds Sheila.
Now one of the greatest and richest races in the world, the Melbourne Cup is an event where Kiwi horses, jockeys and trainers show they’re a force to be reckoned with in the world of racing.
Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, Wingatui Racecourse in Dunedin and the historic Otaki Racecourse just north of Wellington will be holding their annual Melbourne Cup racedays on the first Tuesday of November to celebrate the race that stops two nations.
“Many New Zealand horses are bred to race competitively over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3,200m,” says Laxon, from her new home in Victoria. And with the ever increasing prize money (A$6,000,000 this year), this superb racing trophy is now sought after world-wide. “The Victorian Racing Club does a tremendous job promoting the Cup world-wide with it going on tour around Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. It’s now probably the best known race in the world. There’s huge public expectation and that creates a lot of the excitement, but also pressure. It was only after I’d won it, and attended the ticker-tape, that I realised the enormity of what we’d done.” It’s also the enjoyment and success for hundreds of thousands of Kiwis from all walks of life, experiencing the thrill of having a bet, which makes Melbourne Cup Day a favourite. You don’t have to be an expert to win, with once a year punters coming up trumps by picking on name, colour or favourite number. No matter what you’ll be in for an exciting time and the chance to win big.
If you can’t make it to Flemington, then get amongst the action at your local racetrack and watch history unfold on the big-screens, surrounded by the atmosphere and intensity of the on-track experience.
Melbourne Cup Day at Ellerslie
Ellerslie promises an unforgettable Melbourne Cup day on the racecourse. An after-party will ensure Cup Day celebrations continue well into the night at the popular Birdcage Bash in the Cuvée bar. Experience the thrill of live simulcast coverage out of Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse against the backdrop of a variety of entertainment and 10 races, including the ‘Group 3’ Sofitel Luxury Hotels Stakes. There is a range of exquisite hospitality options available, with plenty of networking and corporate hosting opportunities. This year the Sofitel Luxury Hotels Style Award will be a style spotting competition – judges will visit the marquees and hospitality areas oncourse to select the best dressed men and women. The winners each receive a $2,000 prize package from Sofitel Luxury Hotels.
the scenic Wingatui racecourse,with almost 6,000 people celebrating at the track. Having undertaken landscaping over the winter months, Wingatui will unveil two idyllic new-look areas, including the Lindauer Cup Day Marquee and the Pure Purist Marquee. Catching the special train out to Wingatui always makes for a unique day at the races for Dunedin locals. Melbourne Cup Day at Otaki
Melbourne Cup Day at Wingatui
If you’re after a true New Zealand country racing experience, then the historic Otaki racecourse is the place to be, with Melbourne Cup Day racing to be held by the OtakiMaori Racing Club.
Melbourne Cup Day has grown to be the biggest raceday of the year at
The only surviving Maori racing club in the country, the earliest
races were held on the south bank of the Otaki River in the 1850s. The first Otaki-Maori Racing Club meeting was held in 1887 and they’ve been racing ever since. This Melbourne Cup day a number of hospitality options, including marquees on the famous hill, will provide a truly authentic country raceday.
Quick facts Melbourne Cup Day Races Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Ellerslie, Otaki and Wingatui Racecourses For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
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New Zealand Cup and Show Week: filled to the brim WITH Events
Canterbury’s annual spring festival week of racing, fashion, agriculture and entertainment officially begins on Friday 8 November. Activities and events abound on every day of New Zealand Cup and Show Week making this the ideal time to visit Christchurch. This year also includes A-league football with the Wellington Phoenix FC vs Perth Glory and Breast Cancer Cure’s spectacular fashion show, so your biggest challenge will be finding enough time to do everything.
In total there are six premium racing events, split between Riccarton Park Racecourse and Addington Raceway,
including three New Zealand Cups (gallops, harness and greyhound). This year marks the 150th running of the New Zealand Cup at Riccarton Park, and Addington Raceway hosts the prestigious Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day. The penultimate Cup event of the week is the greyhound New Zealand Cup also held at Addington. The Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas Day on Saturday the 9th marks the official start of the New Zealand Cup and Show Week racing action and gives you a great taste of what lies ahead. Guineas Day sees the very best three-year olds travelling to Riccarton to follow in the hoofprints of some of the greats of the Australasian turf.
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Fashion and racing are inextricably entwined and at no time is that more evident than on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day. On Cup Day, city offices empty as around 20,000 people head to Addington Raceway for the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup. One of the most highly anticipated social events on Canterbury’s calen-
dar, Cup Day is about getting glammed-up and partying the day away at the races. The very best harness horses compete in the feature race of the day, the NZ Cup, which is Australasia’s most prestigious two-mile harness race. For patrons wanting to be in the thick of the action – on and off the track –
there are a great range of hospitality options, one of the most popular being the Lindauer Lawn. “Corporate hospitality, the Lindauer Lawn and general admission tickets are selling well ahead of last year, so we’d advise to book tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out,” says Addington’s Marketing Manager Ged Mooar. There’s also a chance history will be made at New Zealand Trotting Cup Day, with local Canterbury runner Terror to Love chasing three consecutive wins, having taken out the race in both 2011 and 2012. Although there have been frequent back-to-back wins, it will be the first three-peat since 1960 if Terror to Love can pull it off. Adding to the excitement, in the sulky will be champion driver Ricky May. He has won this race six times, and is first equal with the great Cecil Devine. One more win behind Terror to Love will make him the most successful NZ Cup Day driver ever!
On Wednesday 13 November Riccarton Park hosts Ladies’ Day and the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile. This event features the country’s richest open handicap over 1,600 metres. Coup Ay Tee, already the winner of close to $500,000, is being flown over from Australia by Sydney’s top trainer, Chris Waller for the race, in an attempt to win it for the sponsor, Ray Coupland. For those who can’t get time off work to head to the track on Cup Day, there’s more harness racing at Addington Raceway on Canterbury’s Anniversary Day, Friday, 15 November. Take the kids, a picnic and you can sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful day’s racing from the Lindauer Lawn and the large grass lawn in the public area. There will be children’s entertainment and activities on course including iconic New Zealand band the Warratahs playing all their best tracks.
All roads will again lead to Riccarton Park on Saturday 16 November for the Christchurch Casino 150th NZ Cup and NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas day. Tickets to the meeting have been capped this year – there may not be gate sales available. “This is to ensure we give the best experience for our customers. Cup Day is one for the grown-ups, with entry to the racecourse restricted to those aged 18 and over. Tickets are selling well and it is our intention that they will sell out ahead of the day itself,” says Marketing Manager Chris Rowe.
The Fashion in the Field competition will have a distinct international flavour too. “We are pleased to confirm that supermodel and New Zealand Thoroughbred Ambassador Kylie Bax-Poros will have a key role at Riccarton on Cup Day,” he adds. While the stakes will be high on the track, in the fashion field there will also be plenty to play for, so dress like a champion. Only the best will do if you want to catch the judges’ attention in the Fashion in the Field competitions at Riccarton and Addington.
Quick facts New Zealand Cup and Show Week includes race meetings: Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas Day Riccarton Park – Saturday, November 9, 2013 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day Addington Raceway – Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Ladies’ Day and Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Riccarton Park – Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Buy, Sell and Exchange New Zealand Cup (Greyhounds) Addington Raceway – Thursday, November 14, 2013 Show Day – Addington Raceway Friday, November 15, 2013 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup and New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas Day Riccarton Park – Saturday, November 16, 2013 For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
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Boasting 55 events, venues nationwide and your pick of a great array of hospitality options, the Christmas at the Races events are where the sun shines, the drinks flow and the good times roll this festive season. Each Christmas at the Races event provides a day of enjoyment at the races, inclusive of Christmas-themed venues, scrummy festive food and top-class all-day entertainment. What’s more, every detail is taken care of – much to the relief of those given the task of organising the work Christmas do, especially at what is a hectic time of year. All events offer a range of packages to suit various group sizes, styles and budgets. Christmas at the Races is perfect for small- and medium-sized businesses seeking a unique experience for staff, clients and suppliers, says Louisa Ross, Senior Event Marketing Manager at the New Zealand Racing Board. “They can book several months in advance, then relax knowing they have an event that offers something for everyone.” On-course, the entertainment ranges from live music to a visit from Santa and local Fashion in the Field competitions. “People love to get dressed up, have
a festive flutter and make a real event out of their Christmas get together,” says Ross. Ross says a large proportion of people rebook for the following year’s function immediately after attending, an indication that Christmas at the Races is a real hot ticket for end-of-year festive parties. “Customer feedback about the events has also been overwhelmingly positive. One racegoer said it was the best Christmas work party she had ever been to, and that sentiment is shared throughout the feedback we receive.” So, whether it’s with friends, colleagues or a day out with valued clients, Christmas at the Races provides the ideal end-of-year celebration for all.
Quick facts Christmas at the Races: 55 events nationwide from November 2 – December 23, 2013 For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
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Christmas Carnival – it's wherE You Want To Be! The celebrations actually last three days – you can party on Boxing Day, unwind at the free Summer Raceday on December 28, then get the year off to a great start with the family at the New Year’s Day Races. The Ellerslie Racecourse is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious, and has a history of being at the forefront of worldwide racing technology and entertainment over the past 100 years. Situated between Cornwall Park and Mt Wellington, Ellerslie Racecourse was the home of the first automatic totalisator in the world, providing a virtually fraud-proof way for bets to be totalled up and tickets issued to bettors.
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The Ellerslie Event Centre, which has just been awarded a sterling 4-Star Plus Qualmark rating, offers an enviable picturesque setting, worlds away from the traditional boardroom, yet only 10 minutes from downtown Auckland. Offering competitive pricing with ample car parking and easy access to motorways and airports, visitors enjoy a quality experience in the beautiful park-like surroundings of the iconic and historic Ellerslie racecourse. Whether hosting a meeting of 30 or an expo of 8,000, Ellerslie’s experienced team ensure...
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Today Ellerslie continues to display the finest racing traditions alongside the best of summer entertainment. the new zealand herald boxing Day races The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival Boxing Day Raceday is one giant party at the races, with high fashion, entertainment, socialising and premier thoroughbred racing. Before Aucklanders head off for their holidays, around 20,000 will go to the Boxing Day races for a huge post-Christmas bash. The racing action is headlined by the prestigious ‘Group 1’ Zabeel Classic, named after the famous sire of over 1,000 individual winners, as well as the Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic and the Stella Artois Great Northern Guineas, both of which are ‘Group 2’ races for three-year-old horses. More than $1.5 million in stakes will be won over the three days of the carnival. Mixing it all up on Boxing Day is the Beats, Beach and BBQ infield area, where racegoers can enjoy a relaxed day of music and entertainment for all ages. With plenty of free children’s entertainment and free general admission for the under 15s,
The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival Boxing Day Races also offer a fantastic, affordable day out for the family. You can also bring your own food, umbrellas, chairs and creature comforts to make a day of it. Viva Fashions has always played an integral part in setting the fashion standards at the Boxing Day races and has developed a loyal following among the fashion elite. The outdoor event attracts around 200 contestants and the Viva Fashion Village, where the competition takes place, is a sell-out hospitality area. There are six categories: Canvas Ladies racewear, Men’s racewear, Under 25 racewear, Natalie Chan Millinery, Ascot Lady (over 45 years) and MORE FM Fashionable Family. Plus a Supreme Award presented to the overall winner. All category winners (with the exception of Fashionable Family) receive automatic entry into the Prix de Fashion held on Derby Day as part of Auckland Cup Week. The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival Summer Raceday
Racing action continues on Saturday, December 28.
With free admission, The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival Summer Race Day is a great day for families and children who will love the bouncy castle, swingball, and the Herald Big Games. Featuring a full nine races and a huge range of activities to keep the kids busy, you can wind down with friends and family over an afternoon picnic at Ellerslie. THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD NEW YEAR’S RACES
If the two previous days of the Christmas Carnival are about the socialising, then New Year’s Day is all about the racing. The final day of the Carnival features six premier races, as well as the Dunstan Feed Stayers final. Among these races are the ‘Group 1’ Sistema Railway Stakes, won three times in a row by the mighty Mr Tiz.
This is a race that many trainers target, even more so with it being won by outsiders in the last four years. Other feature races are the ‘Group 2’ Scott Thrust City of Auckland Cup, the Rich Hill Mile and the Bloodstock Royal Stakes.
Quick facts The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival:
Boxing Day Races Thursday, December 26, 2013 Summer Raceday Saturday, December 28, 2013 New Year’s Races Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Ellerslie Racecourse For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
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8 - 16 NOVEMBER 2013 NEW ZEALAND CUP AND SHOW WEEK WILL SEE CHRISTCHURCH COME ALIVE WITH NINE DAYS OF RACING, FASHION AND FAMILY FUN. One of the most popular festivals in Christchurch’s events calendar, New Zealand Cup and Show Week officially gets underway on Friday 8 November and tickets for all the major events are now on sale. This year is extra special, with celebrations for the Christchurch Casino 150th New Zealand Cup at Riccarton Park Racecourse, so make sure you are part of the action. The big race days at Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park Racecourse offer a great excuse to get dressed up, while the Canterbury A&P Show is three bumper packed days of great fun for the whole family. The nine-day festival will begin in style on Friday 8 November with a street party in the Central City including live entertainment, markets, and late night shopping. Throughout the week there will be action-packed activities and events happening all over the city – everything from A-league football with the Wellington Phoenix FC vs Perth Glory to the Breast Cancer Cure A-list fashion show. Great shopping, fabulous food and buzzing nightlife will ensure you’re entertained day and night.
RICCARTON PARK RACECOURSE Saturday 9 November Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas Day Wednesday 13 November “Ladies’ Day” Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Saturday 16 November Christchurch Casino 150th NZ Cup and NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas day Fashions in the Field
For more information: WWW.NZCUPANDSHOW.CO.NZ
ADDINGTON RACEWAY Tuesday 12 November Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day Westfield Riccarton Cup Day Style Stakes Thursday 14 November Buy Sell & Exchange New Zealand Greyhound Cup Friday 15 November Show Day Races featuring iconic New Zealand band The Warratahs
CANTERBURY A&P SHOW Wednesday 13 November â€“ Friday 15 November Canterbury Agricultural Park
SuMMER FAMILY FuN AT THE RACES RIGHT ACROSS NEW ZEALAND A day at the races is a quintessential Kiwi summertime tradition and Interislander Summer Festival events provide the perfect day out for the whole family. Family picnics, deck chairs, summer dresses, sun hats, jandals and chilly bins — it’s a classic Kiwi summer’s day out. From Boxing Day through to mid-February, more than 40 Interislander Summer Festival events will take place at some of the most scenic racecourses and sensational holiday hot spots throughout the country. “There’s something on-course for everyone to enjoy,” says Janice Hill, On-course Marketing and Events Manager for the NZ Racing Board. “Kids will be spoilt for choice with all day entertainment and on-track events between races, leaving mum and dad free to kick back, relax, enjoy the live music, catch up with family and friends and study the raceform.” At all events, children’s entertainment is free, including the popular horse-themed More FM Kids Go Racing events, and there are plenty of activities for under-12s, with classics such as pin-the-tail-on-the-horse and the horseshoe toss. Kids will also have the chance to meet Hopples or Stirrup, the friendly horse mascots, and win prizes throughout the day. With events from Ruakaka to Gore and at classic racecourses inbetween, Interislander Summer Festival will bring a celebration of
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summer country racing to towns across New Zealand and provide a great way to catch up and socialise in a fun and relaxed environment. A range of hospitality options make it easier than ever before to reserve a base camp track-side for family and friends to enjoy and be right-up-close to the action. “Each event offers different options, ranging from reserved car parks and gazebo sites through to catered marquees for larger groups, leaving you free to get into the serious business of having fun,” says Hill. The Interislander Summer Festival is an affordable and fun way to spend a summer’s day. Enjoy a flutter, time with family and friends and a bit of good old Kiwi fun. A three-legged race, anyone?
Quick facts Interislander Summer Festival: 40-plus events nationwide from December 26 – February 8, 2014 For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
get along to your local Interislander summer festival event.
Q+A with SAM SPRATT … A Jockey Who Loves What She Does When this 28-year-old from Pukekohe is not piloting thoroughbreds around the country’s racetracks – something she’s hugely successful at – she is busy as mum to eight-year-old son Cody. Sam Spratt loves to race. We caught up with Sam to ask her why she loves being a jockey and what it’s like to compete in this incredible sport. How did you get involved in racing? I used to go to the track a lot with my brother and one day, when I was about 15, I was approached by (trainer) Colin Jillings, who asked me if I wanted to do an apprenticeship as a jockey. Colin told me all about it and I decided to give it a go. Racing is one of the only sports in the world where women compete directly against men. What’s it like taking on ‘the boys’? I don’t really think about it because in racing it’s always been the way. As jockeys we’re all competitive – it doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female as long as you win.
Obviously weight is an important consideration for a jockey. How do you keep yours under control? I’m pretty lucky because I’m small and I’m always on the go. I make sure I keep active and healthy – I don’t like sitting around. During the main season I’m riding five times a week but at slower times of the season, like winter, I always try to go to the gym and do pump classes because I really enjoy it. Who are the people you admire most in racing? Colin Jillings has been so good to me and I’ve also got a lot of respect for (father and son trainers) Stephen and Trevor McKee. What’s your favourite racing moment? Winning any ‘Group 1’ race (the highest level of thoroughbred racing), but probably the best was winning The Telegraph (a $1 million race at Trentham) on Mufhasa in 2011. What’s the best horse you’ve seen race? Black Caviar (the Australian mare unbeaten in 25 races) was amazing, I loved watching her. What do you love about raceday? I love the adrenaline, competition and speed. Off the track I love the social aspect. How do you juggle all the nationwide travel involved with being a jockey with being a mum to Cody? It can be tough mentally and emotionally. Sometimes he says “Mum, do you have to go away to the races today?” But I’m lucky that my parents are really supportive and even the parents of Cody’s friends help out. It just takes a bit of organising. What do you do when you’re not riding? My life revolves around Cody but I also enjoy having lunch with my mum and friends. There’s also the housework to do and catching up on the things I don’t have time to do when I’m away at the races. Have you ever been involved in other sports? At school I did every sport going, I was very sporty. Even though I was a midget, I even played basketball! I enjoyed running, too, and I was second at the Auckland Champs when I was 13. But I’ve always ridden ponies and mostly I was busy with them growing up. Being a jockey is a dangerous job. When you were 18 you were badly hurt in a fall at Trentham. Do you ever get scared? Not really. When you’re on a horse you’re focused on the race – I am, anyway – so fear doesn’t enter my head. The competiveness kicks in when the race starts. What’s your favourite race course? It’d have to be Trentham, funnily enough, even though I fell off there. I guess it’s a bit of a love-hate relationship! I also really like Ellerslie and Riccarton. Racing is synonymous with glamour and fashion. On what occasions do you get glammed up? Only when I go to the races, otherwise I live in hoody, trackies and jandals!
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wellIngton cup carnival: a Highlight Of Summer It’s Wellington’s time to party during the Wellington Cup Carnival – a week of racing, fashion, food and family. Famous for the glamorous Cup Day, the quality of racing on Telegraph Day and the enduring appeal of the Interislander Summer Festival on Wellington Anniversary Day, the Wellington Cup Carnival has been a highlight of the lower North Island summer since 1874. Wellington Cup DaY
More than 15,000 people attend every year to experience the racing, music, fashion and entertainment, and the running of the Wellington Cup. It’s the best-dressed party in Wellington. Alasdair Robertson, former Chief Executive of the Melbourne Racing Club, and now the new CEO of RACE Incorporated, is excited at the prospect of building on the history and success of Wellington Cup Day. “Cup Day is a huge event for Wellington – I’m really looking forward to attending my first one as CEO and
seeing both the locals and visitors out and enjoying the party.” Building on the success of last year, the The Pavilion in the infield will be a sought after location to enjoy the day. In 2013, it was headlined by The Black Seeds and Tiki Taane and in 2014 it’s shaping up to be even better. Wellington Cup Day’s Gazley VW Fashion in the Field is always popular. Every year, Wellington’s burgeoning fashionistas vie for big prizes and the honour of being crowned Wellington Cup Day’s best dressed. In front of the Cup Day crowd, titles including Classic Lady, Contemporary Lady and Man of the Carnival are awarded, along with thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes. Telegraph Day featuring the Trentham Racing and Wine Festival
Wellington Cup Carnival begins with the Trentham Racing and Wine Festival. Alongside a sensational selection of fine wines and live music is the Carnival’s best racing, with five premier races. More than a dozen great New Zealand wineries and
breweries were on-course last year, including Alana Estate, Lindauer, Mills Reef and the Crafty Beggars Brewery. Enjoy a glass or share a bottle among friends at the Forecourt Marquee, with live music to keep you entertained between races. Telegraph Day features five prestigious races, including the $250,000 ‘Group 1’ JR and N Berkett Telegraph Handicap, the $100,000 Wakefield Challenge Stakes and the $70,000 Wakefield Stakes. Interislander Summer Festival Trentham Family Day Races
This is the day Trentham is given over to the entertainment of families and children. Interislander Summer Festival at Trentham offers a carnival atmosphere and loads of free activities and entertainment – especially for kids. Try out the range of food outlets or bring your own picnic and relax on the lawn with a cold beer from one of the raceday bars, and hopefully a great win. It’s all laid on for families, from classic kids’ games, bouncy castles for all ages, stage performances and
a variety of other on-track activities. The theme for the famous Trentham Kids’ Fashion in the Field for 2014 will be Summer Style and Superheroes. Featuring a Superheroes Parade for the under-fives and the awarding of the titles of Miss and Master Trentham in two categories, there will be plenty of fun for little superheroes and their minders! For the older ones, summer style means bright summer colours and prints are a must.
Quick facts Telegraph Day and the Trentham Racing and Wine Festival Saturday, January 18, 2014 Interislander Summer Festival Monday, January 20, 2014 Wellington Cup Day Saturday, January 25, 2014 Trentham Racecourse For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
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New Zealand's RICHEST RACE:
the KaRaka mIllIOn
The glitz and glamour of horse racing reaches its pinnacle in New Zealand at the Karaka Million Twilight meeting held at Ellerslie racecourse ON Sunday, 26 January, 2014. To add to the glitz and glamour, it features New Zealand’s richest race – the $1 million New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million. Thoroughbred racing is sometimes referred to as the ‘Sport of Kings’, but now anyone can get involved and experience the blood-pumping thrill of thoroughbred racing; nothing epitomises this more than the exhilarating Karaka Million where horses purchased for vastly different sums will all be vying for the top prize. The race is only open to two-year-old horses (the youngest age at which a thoroughbred can race), which were purchased at the previous year’s New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series held at their Karaka Sales Complex.
The twilight race meeting not only features the excitement on the track but also holds the allure of fine food, fine wine and, of course, fine fashion. It has evolved, in a few short years, to be one of the premier events on Auckland’s social calendar. The evening, which starts at around 5 pm and goes well into the night, attracts prominent identities from within the racing, sporting and fashion industries. The event continues on after all the riches on the track have been won with headline bands and DJs taking over the birdcage, the party itself races into the night.
The 2013 Karaka Million featured a horse that cost $15,000 going head-tohead with one that was bought for $230,000!
The Karaka Million Twilight meeting is a precursor to the National Yearling Sales Series which commence the following day, Auckland Anniversary Monday, with around 1,500 horses catalogued to be sold during six days of fast-paced auction action.
Last season, Ruud Awakening won the lucrative race for a large group of owners that included Sir Colin Meads. Ruud Awakening then went on to win at the highest classified level in the ‘Group 1’ Diamond Stakes and also competed in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds held in Australia, the Golden Slipper Stakes.
Yearlings sold at the 2014 Karaka Sales Series (January 27 - February 3, 2014) can make dreams become reality as they have the chance to become the next Karaka Million champion just one year later at the 2015 running of New Zealand’s richest race.
Quick facts New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million Twilight Summer Series Ellerslie Racecourse Sunday, January 26, 2014 Gates open at 3 pm; start time is 5 pm For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
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auckland cup week Epitome of Fashion, Frivolity, Adrenaline and Racing Throughout the country, racing fans, socialites, trainers and enthusiasts eagerly mark one week on the calendar – Auckland Cup Week. It’s a week filled with tradition and triumph every year, and one where the stars of the racing and fashion industries converge on Auckland to witness the best that the region has to offer. Beginning Friday 28 February, 2014, Auckland Cup Week sees many events hosted across Ellerslie Racecourse, Alexandra Park and Manukau Raceway, so there is plenty to experience throughout the week. A multitude of prestigious Group races are contested, including ‘Group 1’ races the TV3 New Zealand Derby, the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup, the Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes for thoroughbreds and the Trillian Trust Auckland Cup for harness.
The stakes are high – over a million dollars worth – and they are spread across all races, meaning competition is fierce. Rivalries from across the country play out as the contenders from the provincial carnivals battle for prestige and payment. Auckland Cup week has the types of event that consistently reach new heights for spectators, participants, crowds and competition. The events begin with the Pascoes the Jewellers Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park on Friday 28 February, move to Ellerslie
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for the TV3 Derby Day which features the New Zealand Derby. The folklore surrounding the New Zealand Derby is loaded with tales of triumph and tragedy. With a history stretching back almost 150 years, this 2,400 metre race is one that every owner wants to win, and the winners list is peppered with all-time racing greats. As it is a race for 3-year-old horses, the equine athletes have only one shot to add their name alongside the likes of the mighty Kindergarten, Balmerino, Castletown and Bonecrusher to the honour-roll of champions. The New Zealand Derby this year was one of New Zealand’s richest races with total stakes of $750,000. Racegoers should dress to impress for a day of elegance and tradition; the original Earl of Derby’s colours of black and white will feature. Derby Day at Ellerslie hosts the culmination of the many fashion in the field events held nationally throughout the summer: the Prix de Fashion. All the supreme winners from around the country gather in the ultimate showcase of raceday fashion. In 2013 the supreme winner sashayed away with
a prize package worth over $30,000. It’s serious business. The local favourite, The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day, features the synonymous Auckland Cup which dates back to 1874.This is another big stakes race with $500,000 on the line; it is a gruelling stayers race set over 3,200 metres. The Auckland Cup itself is a magnificent Victorian trophy that Queen Victoria commissioned from her Crown Jeweller in 1889. A mecca of corporate entertainment and networking, it’s always Auckland’s favourite half-day off. Then it is back to Alexandra Park for the Trillian Trust Auckland Cup and Woodlands Stud Northern Derby, the biggest and most prestigious night of racing ‘the Park’ hosts each year. Although the racing creates the excitement of Cup Week, it’s the offtrack events that keep the party going into the night. Each Ellerslie meeting finishes with a Birdcage Bash, and it’s only fitting that Diamond Day, the traditional Ladies’ Day, wraps up Auckland Cup Week in true grand finale style with a party to rival all the stakes on offer: the Whips ‘n’ Spurs Summer Party at the Cuvee Lawn.
Quick facts – Auckland Cup Week 2014 Pascoes the Jewellers Northern Oaks: Alexandra Park Friday, February 28, 2014 TV3 Derby Day: Ellerslie Racecourse Saturday, March 1, 2014 Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup: Ellerslie Racecourse Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MTA Auckland Cup (Greyhounds): Manukau Raceway Thursday, March 6, 2014 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup and Woodlands Stud Northern Derby: Alexandra Park Friday, March 7, 2014 Diamond Day: Ellerslie Racecourse Saturday, March 8, 2014 For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
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tHE BLuFFER'S GuIDE to making a bet at the Races As we all know, going to the RACES is a quintessential summer Kiwi tradition, but do the mechanics and terminology of placing a flutter on the horses confuse you?
The thrill of watching horses thundering by is made even more exhilarating by placing a bet. We’ve taken some of the TAB’s most popular bet types and terms and explained what they mean and how they work. Here’s what you need to know so you can enjoy your day at the races. Bet types
WIN: pick the horse you think will win the race. PLACE: pick the horse you think will place in the top three. EACH WAY: pretty sure your horse will place and maybe even win? Take an Each Way bet, this gives you both
a Win and Place bet on the horse you pick. QUINELLA: pick two horses to come first and second in any order.
TRIFECTA: you pick the first three horses in order. This can pay big money, with some Trifecta dividends paying more than $20,000 for every $1 spent! BOXED TRIFECTA: this is more flexible than the standard Trifecta. You can choose three or more horses and if any three of them place in the top three (in any order) you’ll win the Trifecta dividend. If you’ve taken a Percentage Trifecta you pay only a percentage of the price and, if you win, you get a percentage of the dividend (minimum five per cent). EASYBET: not sure which horse to back? Take an Easybet. The computer selects horses weighted towards the favourites. Easybets are available on just about every bet type – Win, Place, Quinella, Trifecta, even First Four or Pick 6.
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Know the lingo
If you’re new to racing you may not be familiar with some of the terminology used by those ‘in the know’. But by learning a few simple terms you too can sound like an expert on-course. ODDS: sometimes referred to as the ‘price’, odds are the likely chances of a horse winning a race. The odds show what you will get for every dollar spent if you are successful. For example, if a horse is paying $5 for a win and you spend $10, you’ll collect $50 if the horse wins. FAVOURITE: this refers to the horse with the shortest odds and therefore the biggest chance of winning. SCRATCHINGS: a scratching is a horse that’s been taken out of a race. FORM: this is the series of numbers listed next to a horse’s name, which show the places the horse recorded in its last five races. The most recent race is the number on the very right. The form is given
in numbers from 0 to 9; 0 meaning the horse finished worse than ninth place, while the other numbers simply correspond to the place the horse finished in. ‘X’ means that the horse didn’t race for 90 days or more, a horse holiday if you will. HANDICAP: this is a race in which horses carry different weights to even out the competition. The better a horse’s results, the more weight it carries. Where to bet
You can place all bets at the many ‘tote windows’ on-course. The operators are happy to help if you need any assistance making your bet. But, it’s incredibly easy. For example, just tell the operator the number of the race you want to bet on, the bet type (e.g. Win, Place), the amount you want to bet and the number(s) of the horse or greyhound. You’ll be given a ticket confirming your bet. Hang on to this – you’ll need it to collect your winnings if your runner comes in!
Q+A with dexter dunn …
Harness Racing Superstar
Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Reed Richards, Scott Summers – Kiwi harness racing star Dexter Dunn fits right into that list with A superhero’s name and the powers to match. The reinsman notched up win number 1,000 of his career in December last year to become, at just 23, the youngest driver to reach the mark. He’s represented New Zealand in the World Drivers’ Championship and was even named Canterbury Sportsman of the Year in 2009, ahead of his own hero, a fellow by the name of Richie McCaw. How did you get involved in harness racing? I’ve been brought up with it; racing’s always been in the family. My dad (Robert) and uncle (Geoff) are trainers and my brother (John) is a driver like me.
How do you juggle all the nationwide travel involved? It took a while to get used to it but I’ve got good people around me helping out (with logistics), so all I have to do is just turn up. From October through to March it gets pretty hectic and there’s not a lot of time for a ‘normal’ life, but that’s the way it is. What do you do when you’re not driving? Relax and chill out. I’m pretty quiet when there’s no racing on. Have you ever been involved in other sports? I played rugby at high school and then senior rugby. I went to Christchurch Boys’ High but I always played country rugby for West Melton. I always wanted to be an All Black but racing is in my blood.
Who are the people you admire most in racing? Definitely my family, they’ve always been there for me. I’m also a huge fan of Ricky May. As a driver he’s someone I’ve looked up to and his results are amazing.
So it must have been cool beating Richie McCaw to the 2009 Canterbury Sportsman of the Year award? That was probably the best moment of my career. To be recognised as a sportsman and just be nominated alongside him was special enough. But to beat him was out of this world. He’s my hero and I absolutely idolise him.
What’s your favourite racing moment? There’s quite a few, so it’s hard to single one out, but it’d have to be one we shared as a family – watching Mainland Banner, trained by my dad, winning the 2005 New Zealand Cup. It was great to be able to sit with my family and share in the moment.
Being a driver is a dangerous job. Do you ever get scared? Not at all. I’ve never had a problem with nerves. When you’re racing you’re not even aware of it and you just go about racing. I’ve had some spills but luckily nothing big.
What’s the best horse you’ve seen race? It would have to be Christian Cullen. He was such a good horse, a great presence about him, and he was a sensational racer. What do you love about raceday? It’s simple really – winning! That’s what we’re all in it for, to win. It’s a great feeling to be able to win for the owners, especially the older ones when you see the smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they get from racing.
What’s your favourite track? Addington. It’s close to home, about 10 minutes down the road, and the track’s great. It’s also home to our biggest races, including the New Zealand Cup. NZ Cup and Show Week is huge for Canterbury. What do you love about it? It’s the biggest week of the year, everyone in racing is there and lots of people from all around the country and overseas make the trip. I’d love to win the New Zealand Cup – I was second in 2009. . . . A n d W e ’ r e R A C I N G 2 0 1 3 / page 27 / theraces.co.nz
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course, the Harness Jewels is going from strength to strength. Qualification for the nine ‘Group 1’ races is by invitation only, with the 12 highest stakes earners in each category battling it out for Jewels supremacy. “It’s exhilarating calling the best horses of each age group every race,” says race caller Aaron White. “As a harness racing fan, it’s great to have so many talented horses in one location at one time.” This year Harness Racing Waikato will also spread some of the loot among those that need it the most – each $10 entry ticket on Harness Jewels day is also a raffle ticket with the bulk of the proceeds going to the Child Cancer Foundation.
The Jewels day is for the casual racegoer, for the observers and for the people who just want to be entertained by the best harness racing horses in New Zealand. It’s also a great opportunity to get dressed up in late autumn and have a great day out with fashion competitions and other promotions on-course.
Quick facts Harness Jewels Saturday May 31, 2014 Cambridge Raceway For more information, go to www.theraces.co.nz
While the event is about horses and racing, it’s not just a carnival for the racing purist.
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a selecTi o n of some of the
Season’s Biggest Racing Events
Details of these and other great racing events are at www.theraces.co.nz
October 2013 Saturday 5 Saturday 12
The Turks Spring Classic Hastings Racecourse, Hawke’s Bay RI Team Wealleans Matamata Cup Matamata Racecourse, Matamata Racing Club
November 2013 Monday 4 Tuesday 5
Alabar Kaikoura Cup Kaikoura Racecourse, Kaikoura TC Mainland Air Melbourne Cup Day at Wingatui Wingatui Racecourse, Otago RC Sofitel Luxury Hotels Melbourne Cup Day Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC Melbourne Cup Day at Otaki Otaki Racecourse, Otaki-Maori RC
Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas Day Riccarton Park Racecourse, Canterbury Racing
Tuesday 12 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day Addington Raceway, New Zealand Metro TC Wednesday 13 Ladies’ Day and Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Riccarton Park Racecourse, Canterbury Racing Thursday 14 Buy Sell & Exchange New Zealand Greyhound Cup Addington Raceway, Christchurch GRC Friday 15 Show Day Races Addington Raceway, New Zealand Metro TC Saturday 16 Christchurch Casino 150th NZ Cup and New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas Day Riccarton Park Racecourse, Canterbury Racing Tauranga Christmas at the Races Gate Pa Racecourse, Racing Tauranga Saturday 23 DHL Counties Cup Pukekohe Park Racecourse, Counties RC Friday 29 Saturday 30
Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races Alexandra Park Racecourse, Auckland TC Geraldine Christmas at the Races Orari Racecourse, Geraldine TC
December 2013 Sunday 1 Sunday 8
Cromwell Christmas at the Races Cromwell Racecourse, Otago RC Methven Christmas at the Races Methven Racecourse, Methven
Wednesday 11 Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Series Ellerslie Racescourse, Auckland RC Saturday 14 Te Rapa Christmas at the Races featuring the Waikato Times Gold Cup Te Rapa Racecourse, Waikato RC Invercargill Christmas at the Races Ascot Park Racecourse, Southland RC Thursday 26 The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival Boxing Day Races Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC Boxing Day Races at Awapuni Awapuni Racecourse, Manawatu RC Saturday 28 The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival Summer Raceday Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC Sunday 29 Interislander Summer Festival Motukarara Trots Motukarara Raceway, Banks Peninsula TC
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January 2014 Wednesday 1 Thursday 2 Friday 3 Saturday 4 Sunday 5 Saturday 11 Saturday 18 Monday 20 Friday 24 Saturday 25 Sunday 26
The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival New Year’s Day Races Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC Interislander Summer Festival Hawke’s Bay Races Hastings Racecourse, Hawke’s Bay RI Interislander Summer Festival Waikouaiti Races Waikouaiti Racecourse, Waikouaiti RC Interislander Summer Festival Tauherenikau Races Tauherenikau Racecourse, Wairarapa RC Interislander Summer Festival Tauranga Races Gate Pa Racecourse, Racing Tauranga Interislander Summer Festival Ruakaka Races Ruakaka Racecourse, Whangarei RC Interislander Summer Festival Thames Races Thames Racecourse, Thames JC Interislander Summer Festival Otaki Races Otaki Racecourse, Otaki-Maori RC Interislander Summer Festival Nelson Harness Races Richmond Park Racecourse, Nelson HRC Kumara Gold Nuggets Kumara Racecourse, Kumara RC Trentham Wine & Racing Festival Trentham Racecourse, Wellington RC Interislander Summer Festival Trentham Races Trentham Racecourse, Wellington RC Wellington Greyhound Cup Hatrick Raceway, Wellington GRC Wellington Cup Day Trentham Racecourse, Wellington RC New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million Twilight Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC
February 2014 Thursday 6
Interislander Summer Festival Tauherenikau Races Tauherenikau Racecourse, Wairarapa RC
J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes Matamata Racecourse, Matamata Racing Club
Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks Alexandra Park Racecourse, Auckland TC
Wednesday 12 Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Series Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC
March 2014 Saturday 1
TV3 Derby Day Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC
Wednesday 5 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC Thursday 6
MTA Auckland Cup (Greyhound) Manukau Stadium, Auckland GRC
Trillian Trust Auckland Cup and Woodlands Stud Northern Derby Alexandra Park Racecourse, Auckland TC
Diamond Day featuring Whips ‘n’ Spurs Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland RC
May 2014 Saturday 31
Harness Jewels Cambridge Raceway, Cambridge HRC
June 2014 Sunday 8
Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar Manukau Stadium, Auckland GRC
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