Twenty Questions with Emily Morgan

She is a young Information Technology (IT) whizz, known as Geek Girl. She loves  harness horses and harness racing, particularly the "social side''  and believes more young people could be attracted to harness racing by changing the image.   "I think a lot of people associate Harness Racing with New Zealand Cup day – therefore they see it as all about drinking and gambling when it’s not really either of those things. I remember the Christchurch Casino did a big marketing campaign a few years ago that really emphasised the fun, and the non-gambling offerings at the casino. I think Harness Racin...
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HRNZ chief executive explains decision to remove four meetings

A New Zealand Racing Board  report this week, outlining the 2015/2016 season race dates,  said that: ``Harness Racing NZ  has decided to consolidate in a bid to increase field sizes and improve the quality of racing. A total of four race meetings and 59 races have been removed from the 2015/16 season...'' Harness Racing New Zealand was asked to explain the decision more fully. HRNZ Chief Executive, Edward Rennell replied. ``Regarding your query concerning dates. The draft calendar provides for 4 meetings less – or 50 races less overall. It is hard to summarise the four deleted, as th...
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NZ Racing Board confirms 2015/16 calendar

Four harness meetings, 59 races removed The New Zealand Racing Board has released its 2015/16 racing calendar with a focus on delivering better value to the community and the wider racing industry. Monetising the calendar is a key strategic focus over the coming year, and the NZ Racing Board is working closely with the Greyhound, Thoroughbred and Harness Codes on further shaping the calendar to maximise the potential from race meetings. Harness Racing NZ has decided to consolidate in a bid to increase field sizes and improve the quality of racing. A total of four race meetings and 59 ...
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Twenty Questions with Peter Cook

Tuesday May 12, 2015 Peter Cook is one of harness racing's biggest fans. He's an avid racegoer who would like to see two-year-old racing banned, and  says the best meal he has ever had on a racecourse was in Italy.  He's  been the secretary of the New Zealand Harness Racing Trainers' and Drivers' Association for 28 years, and is working towards becoming an Amateur driver. 1) You have been secretary of the New Zealand Harness Racing Trainers' and Drivers' Association for how many years now? ``About 28 years.''  2)  How did you become involved with the Association? ``Many years ago, I answe...
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Massive conflict of interest

Courtesy of HarnessLink In January of this year, we raised the matter of the starter Peter Lamb being used as a steward at a harness racing meeting at Nelson. When we approached Harness Racing New Zealand about the conflict of interest that existed between the two positions, we were assured it was a cost saving measure at the busiest point of the holiday racing period and that it was only a temporary measure. Unfortunately that has not turned out to be the case. Peter Lamb continues to be both a starter and a steward on raceday and in our view he cannot be both. The response fro...
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False start spectacular at Rangiora

 Driver, John Dunn had his hands full  during a few hair-raising moments at the start of the RD1 Handicap Trot, at the Rangiora  Harness Racing Club's meeting last Sunday. Dunn's drive,  in Race 10 on the programme,  Commander Paris, made a spectacular rear after  another runner, Rocknpop  reared up at the start when the barrier tapes were released, and swung around sideways into him. The starter, Peter Lamb, called a false start. However, Commander Paris was once again  badly hampered by Rocknpop during a similar incident  at the second attempt to start the race. This time though...
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Richest down-under Bettor’s Delight entire to stand at Nevele R

Nevele R Stud is delighted to announce that the recently retired Gold Ace will be joining the stallion ranks of the Prebbleton based farm this coming breeding season. The richest Southern Hemisphere bred stallion by Bettor’s Delight (and his third highest Australasian stakes-winner overall behind Beautide and Adore Me), Gold Ace won 22 races, 16 at Group level, and more than $1.2 million in prize-money in a career that spanned six seasons. A winner of the Yearling Sales Series Consolation at 2, it was as a 3-year-old that Gold Ace established himself as one of the best age group pacers o...
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Three wins for Hopes at Rangiora

By Shelley Topp Tuesday, April 21, 2015 The golden weather in North Canterbury   continued  for the Rangiora Harness Racing Club's meeting at Rangiora  last Sunday with a  fine, warm and still day,  perfect for racing. It was a golden day too for Woodend Beach trainers, Greg and Nina Hope. Their team  was in great form   with Bandana,  Motu Make A Splash and Usain Colt all winning races. Gavin Smith, Ricky May and Blair Orange were also in good  form driving two winners each.   Gavin also trained one of the winners he drove,  Great Things Happen, a three-year-old colt by ...
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New Winning Post and Sponsor at Addington

8 April 2015 Racegoers, event and function attendees and diners at our bar and bistro Spectators will notice a new design and sponsor of the Winning Post Area and its surrounds at Addington. Construction has recently taken place of the new Winning Post signage, which includes a brand new sponsor of the highly exposed focal point. Farmlands Co-operative has furthered their advertising with Addington by taking overall naming rights of our Winning Post. Farmlands Acting Chief Executive, Tony van der Hoorn says Farmlands is pleased to be able to support Addington in its Winning Post r...
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Terror To Love to be Farewelled at Addington

Three-times Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Terror To Love will start for a final time when he lines up in the Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms / All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup on Easter Saturday, the 4th April. A race he won in 2013. "The King", as he is known to many in the industry, lines up in this Friday’s Group Three $25,000 Gordon Roxburgh Free-For-All, before facing the starters tape for the final time in the Easter Cup over his favourite 3200 metre distance where he’ll lead the field out onto the track. It’s appropriate that he finishes his racing caree...
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