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30 Jan 2014


NZTA members were again successful, taking out the Group 1 races held over the last month.

Congratulations  to Gary Alton from Cambridge –his Choisir gelding, Historian won the Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day at Ellerslie. Then on New Years Day, Bev and Ken Kelso took out the Sistema Railway Stakes with their lovely 3 year old filly Bounding.

John Bary got the quinella in the Group 1 Ocean Park Levin Classic at Trentham with Recite and Franzac.

Then Mark Du Plessis made it a Group 1 double on the day when he won on the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen trained Irish Fling.

Great to see Stephen Autridge win the Harcourts Thorndon Mile with a Touch of Ruby on the final day of the Wellington Cup Carnival.



A busy month of racing, but the maiden race chosen for January was the Mike Mann Maiden Sprint at Waipukurau on 13th January. The winner was Edge of Glory, trained by Karen Zimmerman. As Karen is a member of NZTA, she will receive four bags of Dunstan feed of her choice.



All horse owners know how important fibre is in horse diets, adequate fibre intake is vital to

maintain digestive health and reduce the likelihood of conditions such as colic and gastric ulcers.

Horses that have restricted pasture intake will require the fibre shortfall to be met with the use of

hays, chaffs and haylage. A great alternative feed stuff that will contribute both calories and fibre to

the diet is beet pulp. The uniqueness of ‘beet’ is that it has a ‘superfibre’, higher in calorie level than

many traditional fibre sources. For horses undertaking heavy workloads or struggling to maintain

body condition the use of ‘beet’ in the ration allows the owner to provide increased calorie intake

while also assisting to meet the vital fibre requirement.

Beet products are soaked prior to feeding and therefore provide a palatable moist feed, great during

the summer months when dust and allergens can cause aggravation of respiratory conditions.

Soaking prior to feeding ensures that dry product will maintain its integrity during the warmer

conditions until it is required.

Dunstan has two great beet products available:

Dunstan Sugarbeet is a mollassed pellet for the very fussy eaters, with the inclusion of the molasses

it also provides a slightly higher energy level.

Dunstan Betabeet Flakes, a non-molassed beet that is fast soaking and ready to feed in 10mins

or quicker! Non molassed and 95% sugar free it is a great feed source for horses that suffer from

laminitis or may experience ‘tying-up’. Dunstan Betabeet will soak in 10mins in cold water, or if you

have access to hot water, this time can be reduced ensuring great convenience and ease of use.

If you would like a sample of Dunstan Betabeet Flakes please email or call

0800 438 678



Trainers are always welcome to go to the NZTA website - For the latest monthly Trainers' newsletters go to the "FOR TRAINERS" section - for a listing of members benefits and how to join, go to "JOIN NZTA". To connect with industry bodies and with suppliers who provide discounts for members, go to the "LINKS" section.
Any suggestions welcome!



The CD Branch of the NZTA have utilised some of their funds raised from their annual golf tournament to renovate the Trainers’ Room at Awapuni. The room, located next to the Birdcage bar has been repainted with new furniture and a security system to ensure only NZTA members have entry. It’s a great place for trainers to escape and enjoy a cuppa – and on the big days, the Club provides light refreshments. All branch members have a security coded tag, but visiting trainers who are NZTA members can arrange for a tag allowing access. Many thanks to the Manawatu Racing Club for providing the room, to Chris Allen for assisting with the set-up and to the CD Branch President, Gary Vile and Secretary, PC - Paul Claridge for arranging this.  If you are a visiting NZTA member to Awapuni, contact PC (021322300) or Chris Allen to gain a security access code.

The CD branch do a great job for their members, and have wonderful sponsors at their Golf Day. Look out for the forthcoming Golf Tournament to be held on 28th March – more details in the next issues.





·         Saturday 31 May additional 10th race added to Wanganui feature meeting with transfer of the Listed Castletown Stakes 2YO to this meeting

·         Monday 2 June new “industry”  licence issued to Wairarapa RC to replace Foxton

·         Friday 27 June new “industry” licence issued to Stratford RC to replace Foxton – note this licence was originally scheduled for Thur 26/6 but had already been swapped with Otago RC to avoid jumps back-back clash with Otago and Hawkes Bay (28/6).



New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale will debut this April in its new guise as part of the

National Yearling Sales Series, moving from its traditional spot as an untried sale of two-year-olds in


The newly formed South Island Session set to be held on 13 April at the Canterbury Agricultural Park,

is now predominantly a yearling sale and as such will form part of the National yearling Sales Series,

making all yearlings sold eligible to be entered in the lucrative Karaka Million Race Series.

If nominated for the Karaka Million Race Series, yearlings will be eligible to compete for the $1m

Karaka Million for two-year-olds, a $250,000 Karaka 3YO Mile in 2016, and the new $100,000 Karaka

Stayers Cup that will be exclusive to Karaka Million Race Series eligible yearlings from 2018 onwards,

when this current crop of yearlings are five-year-olds.

Entries for all yearlings and mixed bloodstock will close on Monday 10 February. Entry forms can be

downloaded from



Horobin Saddler are repeating the popular deal for NZTA members. Any members purchasing a STRIDE FREE saddle will receive a Stride Free Girth worth $89.95 FREE with their purchase. QUOTE NZTA when calling Australia 0359751055 or go to website  and to to place an order.



John Lawlor & Associates have a list, updated daily, of suitably qualified people with experience riding trackwork in the UK. Before appearing on the list they have been personally assessed to ensure they are capable work riders and have had police and medical clearance certificates. John can arrange for them to come in on a work permit (rather than a holiday visa) - this means that the employee is contracted to the trainer and cannot simply leave and go elsewhere. John will assist if the employee does not work out.  Whilst there is a fee charged  it is discounted by 50% if you are an NZTA members. Current people on John’s books (updated daily) can be sourced by clicking on the following link:

 I also have a couple of people asking approaching me directly about doing an apprenticeship. If you are interested, please let me know and I will forward you their details. You could qualify for the $1000 industry training grants if you do start a new apprentice.



 *An extract from an article by Erin Burke a lawyer at Norris Ward McKinnon and member of the Equine Law Team who proudly support the EIA:

Business owners are often unsure of the difference between an employee and an independent

Contractor. Engaging staff as independent contractors is seen as attractive to some business owners as contractors are not entitled to annual leave or sick leave and the Employment Relations Act 2000 only covers employment relationships. This means that independent contractors cannot raise personal grievances nor have any matter decided on by the Employment Relations Authority (‘ERA’).

 Although there may be a temptation to label someone an independent contractor in an attempt to skirt around employment law issues, what the parties choose to label the relationship may not in reality, determine the legal status. The courts can, and do, look more deeply in to the ‘true nature of the relationship’.

 From a legal perspective, an employer has about as much chance of getting away with labelling a true employee as an independent contractor as someone trying to pass off a Clydesdale for an Arab—and the consequences of getting it wrong can be costly.

 Before deciding whether to engage workers as independent contractors, business owners need to carefully consider how they need the relationship to be structured and how it will work in reality. If in doubt, owners are encouraged to seek legal advice on the matter and to ensure they have either an employment agreement or independent contractor agreement in place.

 Contact Erin at for more information.



There has been excellent feedback to the improvements to the  NZTR Trainers’ Service Centre most of which were done in conjunction with NZTA members. Alongside enhancements to the core functionality of the Trainers’ Service Centre, a major focus of the redevelopment has been the addition of tools to make it easier for trainers to communicate with their owners.

The Service Centre is designed so that it will work on handheld devices such as tablets and phones.

The new Trainers’ Service Centre delivers improvements in current functionality across:

  1. Nominations
  2. Withdrawals
  3. Rider Declaration
  4. Gear request
  5. Stable return
  6. Horses Trained
  7. Accommodation

It also delivers a range of new features, including:

  1. Owners’ communication tools, including communication templates and automated messaging
  2. Personalised news feed
  3. To-do list

Further development next year will see the delivery of:

  1. Campaign planning notifications – automated emails of races your horses are eligible for
  2. The ability for trainers to deliver image and movie files to owners

If you are a current user looking to switch over to the redeveloped service centre, or you do not have a login for the Trainers’ Service Centre, please contact either Stuart Duggan or James Preston, get set up.

Stuart Duggan                                       (04) 576 6274

James Preston                                     (04) 576 6259

Stuart and James will be available to set you up over the phone and talk you through new system.

Instructions and Manual

Instructions for the new service centre can be found here -




NZTA Members have had the corporate card for petrol discounts changed – previously promoted as Drivecard, members can now get a CardSmart fuelcard. Please see below for details:

CardSmart fuel cards are unique because:

  • It is accepted at all Service Stations Nationwide – saving you time and increasing your people’s productivity
  • It allows you to easily monitor and track your spending / fuel efficiency levels
  • Absolute best analyzed purchase data reporting in the country,
  • We encourage customers to use our CardSmart fuel cards for all their fuel and vehicle related expenses – RUC, WOF, SERVICING, TYRES  etc., allows for cost savings by saving time paying multiple bills, your time and your accountant’s time and consolidating messy receipts from the oil companies
  • One consolidated IRD approved invoice  at the end of the month, and one payment comes out of your account on the 20th of the following month
  • We also work hard to provide our customers with discounts so that you pay below pump prices
  • Built in roadside assistance 24/7 for peace of mind for all smaller vehicles (pay a discounted call out fee only if you use –no yearly membership fee)
  • There are over 6000 MTA approved merchants who can service/ repair nation-wide that accept our Fleetcard. Please click on the link to view info on our service-providers that accept our Fleetcard

We have extensive reporting which is best in class in New Zealand. The reports you can access online (via Cardlink online) in either PDF or excel format – at no extra cost are circled below. Majority of our customers utilise regularly the Consolidated Tax Invoice and Vehicle report - the Vehicle Report provides purchase information and analysis on a per vehicle basis.

 Fuel Discounts are at 5 providers (Intro offer for the first three months if you sign up before 28th Feb 2014)

  Oil Company

 Discount off Petrol and Diesel Incl GST

Z Service Stations

4 cents per litre off pump

BP / Gas Service Stations


4 cents per litre off pump

Caltex / Challenge Service Stations

4 cents per litre off pump





Charge excluding GST

Monthly Card Fee

Account settled monthly 


Transaction fee

Per transaction


Please feel free to call or email me with any questions - Thomas Xavier

P    09 574 7732