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03 Sep 2013


Trainers and their staff are invited to attend First Aid courses that have been put together specifically for the racing industry. These are being funded by NZTR, so are FREE and are as a result of an NZ Trainers’ Association submission. It will just be one, 4 hour course and a certificate will be provided for attendees. It is an OSH requirement that at least one staff member in a racing stable has a certificate – this is part of our push to ensure ACC rates are reduced.

The following dates have been arranged – all will run from 11am – 3pm:

Pukekohe Park – Thursday 26 September

Awapuni – Friday 27th September

Riccarton Park – Thursday 3rd October

Cambridge Training Centre – Thursday 10th October

Matamata Racecourse – Tuesday 15th October

Please register your interest with Kirstie Lang at the Racing Bureau ( – there is a limit of 20 people, so be in quick!

Content will include:

CPR with assessment                                    
Bleeding, shock & wound care                 

Head & Spinal Injury                                     

Crush injuries          


27 Aug 2013

The Otaki track has been cleared for racing to resume there next Thursday, 5 September, following supervised trials being conducted on the course proper this morning.  


A total of 12 Otaki horses trialed in three heats, with senior riders Hayden Tinsley, Jonathon Riddell, Daryl Bradley and Rosie Myers confirming that next week’s scheduled Otaki-Maori meeting should now proceed with the track having recovered from the drainage work around the bottom bend.  RIU Stipendiary Steward Neil Goodwin, together with NZTR Venue Inspector Garry Foskett,  RACE Inc Tracks Manger Chris Allen and Otaki-Maori Racing Club officials were also in attendance and inspected the track, with the riders,  following the three heats. Garry Foskett reported that the track had recovered well from the work that had been undertaken in May and said there was a good sole of grass. He commented  that according to the riders the Otaki track while heavy today, was very consistent and there were no issues with the presentation of the track where the work had been carried out.


The Otaki Maori Racing Club with funding support from NZTR and the Racing Minister’s Safety Fund undertook $80,000 of new drainage work in May around the bottom bend at the Otaki racecourse to address ongoing issues with water ponding on the track surface in this area each winter. The work included the installation of 60 new lateral drains, a main collector drain inside the running rail and a 225mm pipe outlet drain across the track. The drainage work was completed on time and budget in May, however it was agreed to reschedule the Levin July Ryder Stakes meeting to Awapuni and the Otaki-Maori Saturday feature meeting to Trentham to allow sufficient time for the track to recover and the new grass to become established.


NZTA Meeting with Chris Bayliss and Ross Neal
19 Aug 2013

Co-Chief Stipendiary Steward, Racing Integrity Unit
THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST - Cambridge Jockey Club at 11.30am.
This is a great opportunity for NZTA members to come and discuss issues
with these two gentlemen.

Otaki Maori Racing Club Meeting at Trentham on Saturday 17 August 2013 abandoned due to earthquakes
16 Aug 2013

Otaki Maori Racing Club Meeting at Trentham on Saturday 17 August 2013 abandoned due to earthquakes


As a result of several earthquakes this afternoon in Wellington, the Otaki Maori Racing Club Meeting at Trentham tomorrow - Saturday 17 August 2013 - has been abandoned.


While there is no noticeable damage to the grandstands, an engineer is required to assess the buildings before a meeting can take place.


All New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing operations, including the National Racing Bureau, will be operating normally, remotely from the Petone offices.


The TAB/NZTR Office building will be assessed and we will endeavour to keep everyone updated with information as it becomes available. The office is expected to be closed until at least 12 noon on Saturday, 17 August 2013.


Additional programming opportunities will be advised by the National Racing Bureau for the Woodville-Pahiatua Racing  Club meeting on Thursday, 22 August and the Egmont Racing Club meeting on Thursday, 29 August to accommodate some of the races lost at Trentham. These changes will be confirmed by the National Racing Bureau in consultation with the Central Regional Programming Committee and the Clubs and advised tomorrow morning.


As a result of the closure please take note of the following:


The free 0508 Racing number will be monitored. Please call the National Racing Bureau support mobile on 0276219860 for any urgent enquiries during the day.


Management Contact details for all general enquiries, including Bureau functions, should be directed to the following numbers:

NRB Support                                      0276219860

Ross Gove                                           021 587 729

Greg Purcell                                       021 576 627

Campbell Moncur                            027 704 8511

David Jewell                                      0275 113152

Simon Cooper                                   027 4989913

Stuart Duggan                                   021 400335


Ross Neal  RIU                                   027 4444951


Please check the NZTR homepage of the website all information and updates as they become available.

15 Aug 2013
29 Jul 2013