13-5-13 Pattern Review Committee calls for Submissions

Monday 13 May

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New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) recently appointed the Pattern Review Committee to carry out a review of the current pattern and performance of black type racing in New Zealand, with a particular emphasis on Group 1 and Group 2 races, at the request of the New Zealand Pattern Committee. The Pattern Review Committee comprises Mark Freeman, who will chair the review, Gary Chittick, John Wheeler (MNZM) and Neville McAlister.

The Pattern Review Committee, which met on 10 May 2013, is calling for submissions from race clubs, industry stakeholders and any other interested parties on any of the issues identified in its terms of reference including, in particular, on any proposed changes that will enhance the current pattern and performance of black type racing in New Zealand.

A copy of the terms of reference for the Pattern Review Committee can be viewed at www.nzracing.co.nz.

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 12 June 2013.

The Pattern Review committee intends to make public all submissions received by it.

There will be a further opportunity to comment on the submissions received by the Pattern Review Committee before it releases a draft report for public consultation, which is scheduled to occur in early August 2013.

The Pattern Review Committee intends to provide a final report to NZTR by 30 September 2013.

Submissions must be marked ‘Pattern Review’ and sent to NZTR (to arrive no later than Wednesday 12 June 2013) at [email protected] or by fax to 04 568 8866 or by mail to David Jewell, Racing and Operations Manager, NZTR, PO Box 38-386, Wellington Mail Centre.




The Pattern Review Committee’s terms of reference require it to consider a number of issues including:

  1. The current structure of the New Zealand racing carnivals
  2. Review the venues at which existing Group 1 and Group 2 races are conducted
  3. Review the number, timing and location of pattern races in a number of specific race categories – Two year olds; Three year olds; Fillies and mares; Weight For Age and Handicap.
  4. Identify specific races or categories of races which NZTR and race clubs should target for development as pattern races
  5. Consider the relationship between pattern races in New Zealand and the major carnivals in Australia
  6. Review races that are potentially at risk of a future downgrade