Ready To Race?

Ready To Race?

Bruce Stewart

21st April 2020

As Level 4 lockdown looks to be moving towards Level 3, the racing codes are starting to plan for racing again.

In a copy of proposed dates released today, greyhounds will be the first code to start on the 11th May, followed by the harness code on 29th May and gallops in early July.

The first harness meeting will be held at Addington, then locally, Invercargill HRC will race at Ascot Park the following day (Saturday 30th May). This will be a dual code meeting featuring some greyhound races.

Throughout June, Auckland TC and Cambridge HRC will race on alternate Thursdays. Addington will race every Friday and Invercargill every Saturday.

In July, the strategy will change when galloping meetings begin.

Auckland and Cambridge harness racing will switch to alternate Wednesdays, Invercargill races to every Thursday, and Addington will continue to race on Friday.

But officials reiterate that the calendar still remains subject to change and government direction.

In Southland three greyhound races will be programmed per meeting, with harness events making up the balance of the card.

All meetings will be held at Ascot Park and at this stage stake levels are unknown, but these should become clear after the HRNZ board meet on Wednesday.

This is the first time ever that harness racing has been held in Southland for the majority of June and all of July.

Normal southern winter harness racing is held at Forbury Park in Dunedin.

The first and only gallops meeting in the south during this revised calendar will be the Southland Racing Club on Saturday 17th July at Ascot Park.

Provisional dates for the 2020-2021 racing season will be released in the middle of May.