Horse Numbers Looking Good

Horse Numbers Looking Good

30th April 2020

Bruce Stewart

129 horses could be available to race when harness racing is set to resume in the south at the end of May.

Data released by HRNZ says of the 129 horses available, there are 37 non-win pacers, 42 pacers rated up to R55, 13 rated between R56 and R85, 11 non-win trotters, and 25 one win or faster trotters.

The largest clusters are understandably with the larger operations; Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis (14), Brett Gray (13), Kirk Larsen (9), Amber Hoffman (8) and Nathan Williamson (8).

Horses with the highest ratings in the ‘comeback’ list are; Spirit Of St Louis (R85), Born To Boogie (R75), Full Noise (R69) and King Cassidy (R66).

CEO of Southern Harness Jason Broad says if we get under Level Two on 11th of May, workouts and trials will be programmed at Ascot Park on either the 14th or 15th of May and then on the 21st or 22nd.

The first race meeting in Southland will be Saturday 30th May and all meetings on the revised calendar will be held at Ascot Park.

At this stage stakes levels are unknown.

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