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Tuesday 19 June 2012
Asian Racing Federation Welcomes Kentucky Lasix Ban
The Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation, Dr Koji Sato, has welcomed the move by the Kentucky
Racing Commission to eliminate Lasix.
Dr Sato said that the profile of Kentucky within USA racing is such that the decision by the Kentucky Racing
Commission will hopefully encourage other States to follow its example. “In addition to being a great step
forward for Kentucky itself this development carries the prospect of having wider influence in promoting
drug-free racing in North America. Kentucky plays such a prominent role within US racing and breeding that
I am hopeful that other States will follow the example which has now been set by the Kentucky Racing
“It is the Asian Racing Federation’s strongly–held belief that drug-free racing is essential. Ensuring the
welfare of our horses, achieving a level playing field for competitors, keeping the trust and confidence of
the public, protecting horses and jockeys from injury, promoting the strength and soundness of the breed -
these are all very powerful considerations and they all point in the one direction, namely that horses must
race free from the influence of medication.“
Sportsman – International Coverage Being Enhanced
Sportsman's already first class international racing coverage is about to get even better. From the June 22
edition, Sportsman introduces an exclusive International Formguide with detailed form for racing across
three countries in a FREE supplement to its Weekend Edition.
The new guide features NINE runs of detailed form (Sportsman format) for Hong Kong, New Zealand's
plus Singapore both Friday and Sunday.
The International Formguide will include Sportsman's jockey/trainer statistics, records of favourites and
barriers for New Zealand and Hong Kong meetings. The free International guide is only available in a digital
Simply purchase the Weekend Sportsman at www.thesportsman.com.au or via one of the e-newspaper
smartphone or tablet Apps and you will also receive the International Formguide. If this innovation proves a
success it is planned to expand the service to include NZ Friday and Sunday meetings
. Cambridge JC Meeting on 4 July – Leading Jumping Trainer and Jumping Rider Trophies
There will be trophies awarded for the leading jumping trainers and riders at the Cambridge JC race
meeting at Te Rapa on Wednesday 4 July 2012. Points will be accrued in the jumping races on the
programme as follows:
The trophies have been kindly donated by Porritt Sand of Cambridge. Flair Amateur Rider Series 2012
After the fifth race in the Flair Amateur Rider Series at Te Aroha last week the points table is:
Kurt Hillis, Corrie Auchterlonie, Marita Frith, Graeme Hughes
Nicola Brown, Michael Roustoby, Jacob McKay, Kelvin Peterson, Jane Hunt
The next race in the Series is at Wanganui on Thursday 12 July.
Cheltenham Dream Series 2012
Following the running of the FMG Manawatu Steeplechase and Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdle on
Saturday 9 June, the current leaders in the Cheltenham Dream Series 2012 table are as follows: Points
Dubhdara, Cheap Date, Thatz David, Solid Steal
Barado, Big Brownie, Tom's Myth, Cee Gee Jay, Foremost, Brushman
The next races in the Series are the Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase and Hawke’s Bay Hurdles on Saturday 30
Paeroa RC Trials Cancelled – Thursday 28 June 2012
The trials scheduled for Paeroa on Thursday 28 June have been cancelled. The cancellation has been
deemed necessary following the running of 30 heats at the Club’s last trials meeting (on a heavy track)
resulting in the racing surface not being able to be repaired in time.
Despite the collective efforts of NZTR and the Northern Regional Programming Committee a replacement
venue has unfortunately not been obtained.
Upcoming Northern Region Trial Meetings
The schedule of upcoming trial meetings in the Northern region is as follows: June
Turnover Information for the Period ending 17 June 2012
(1) Hawke’s Bay RI; no equivalent meeting this year; 7 races this year. (2) Racing Te Aroha; last year this was a Waipa RC meeting; 9 races this year. (3) Wanganui JC; last year this was a Taranaki TR meeting; 10 races this year. (4) South Canterbury RC; last year this meeting was held on a Sunday, with a Racing Rotorua meeting
held on the Friday date. This year there were 8 races.
(5) Auckland RC; there was no Saturday meeting held in the Northern Region last year due to
waterlogged track conditions; 9 races this year.
(6) Manawatu RC; there were 8 races this year, compared to 10 races last year.
NZ Thoroughbred Summary
This Season, Last Season,
Year to Date
Year to Date
Avg Field Size
Total Totalisator Turnover
Total NZ Thoroughbred Turnover
NZ Thoroughbred Turnover per Race
NZ Thoroughbred Turnover per Starter
Total NZRB Racing Turnover
Total NZRB Sports Turnover
Total NZRB Turnover
Overall turnover was up 20.7% (+$5.24m) last week on the same week last year, +4.9% season to date. Racing turnover was up 14.7% (+$3.13m) for the week, with Domestic racing turnover up 25.7% (+$2.58m).
Domestic thoroughbreds turnover was up 23.2% (+$1.11m) (tote + fob) with one additional meeting and eight extra races (+18.6%) with horse starts up 24.0% (avg. field size up 0.4 starters a race).
Note: NZRB supplied On-course Turnover total represents On-course turnover placed on NZ thoroughbred meetings from all on-course venues. ‘Total’ NZ Thoroughbred turnover figure includes Off-course (including Pick 6), On-course (NZRB figure as commented above) and all Fixed Odds Turnover. All Turnover figures are supplied by the NZRB.
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