Owners Rep Board report 9 Nov

In no particular order I summarize as follows: Survey results still being worked on but what I have taken as the key elements from the survey are as follows: 1)  Encourage Trainers to communicate more effectively with their owners. At present communication from some trainers very poor 2)  Increase stakes especially at the grass roots level. These are the bread and butter horses that keep the industry going and these are the horses that we have to look after. 3) Owners pay all the bills now and deserve better recognition on and off the track. Various suggestions have been made for b...
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Board report from Owners Rep

At the time of writing this report all the clubs have been consulted in relation to the proposed new club based model and for those who do not know Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) are looking at amalgamating  45 clubs into 9 Super clubs. This concept is progressing well at this stage but it will take some time to implement fully and most likely we will see changes to the concept at some stage in the future. It is just a start and at least the clubs are discussing the issues amongst themselves. HRNZ had commissioned two retired accountants to look at all the clubs financial accounts up to ...
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From the President of NZTOA – A Summary from the NZHR Conference 2015

The Minister of Racing Nathan Guy made a political speech complimenting the Racing Board on its splendid performance. Glenda Hughes, the Chair of the Racing Board, outlined what the hard-working Racing Board was achieving. She didn't really go into specifics except to say the Board was doing its best to improve things. John Allen, the CEO of the Racing Board gave a very upbeat motivational address. He quoted  figures and achievements and noted that his wage was $650,000 per annum. I asked if the Board was getting more than 4% on its investments. He wasn't certain. He was asked if the ...
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Dunn Leading the Met Multiplier

8 June 2015 Since the inception of the Met Multiplier in the 2012/13 season a total of 67 pacers or trotters have won the bonus equating to a total pay-out of over half a million dollars.  26 have won the bonus this season. Each bonus is $7,500 with $5,000 going to the owners and $2,500 to the trainer.  Leading the way with eight bonuses is prominent trainer Robert Dunn with his winners taking home an additional $60,000 on top of stakes won. His last runner to earn the bonus was the five year old mare She’s Got It who put her foot in the till on 22 May. Bruce Hutton with five comes in next ...
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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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Owners sold out by HRNZ

Our owners rep on HRNZ has sold us out and we are calling for his resignation immediately (not later when it suits him).  Here is the letter that Richard received a couple of days ago.  We want someone who will represent owners interests not the Breeders Assn takeover - they are funded by HRNZ and have quite a different agenda to us. To:  NZ Trotting Owners Association   Attention:  Mr Richard Brosnan      Dear Richard    I am writing to advise the New Zealand Trotting Owners Association that I will be resigning from my position as their representative on the HRNZ board at the New...
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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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