Bernard's Blog: 24 May 19

24 May, 2019
This week you may have noticed the appearance of videos on our website and social channels from track managers leading up to their race days. This is something which had its origins

New Tarzino Trophy ballot exemptions for 2019

23 May, 2019
Hawke’s Bay Racing has announced that the winner and runner-up in the 2019 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (Gr 2) 1200m at Te Rapa will be provided ballot free exemptions into the 2019 Tarzino Trophy (Gr 1) 1400m at Hastings two weeks later. Now in its third year, the $200,000 Tarzino Trophy will be run on Saturday, 31 August. Last year’s Foxbridge Plate runner up Julius was withdrawn the week of the race after looking unlikely to get a start in the Tarzino. The previous year Foxbridge Plate runner up Close Up came in off the ballot on race day morning before scoring a memorable Group One win in the Tarzino Trophy. “While we are comfortable with the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) ballot conditions for Group 1 races, the fact that the Tarzino is so early in the season makes it very hard for horses to improve their order of entry,” Hawke’s Bay Racing CEO Andrew (Butch) Castles said. “By allowing the winner (who would get into the Tarzino anyway) and runner-up a ballot exemption, we believe we are fixing an anomaly that saw Close Up and Julius struggle to get runs in the first of our three Group 1’s,” Castles said. Nominations for the three Group 1 races that make up the Bostock New Zealand Spring Carnival triple crown - Tarzino Trophy 1400m, Windsor Park Plate 1600m and Livamol Classic 2040m - will be taken on Tuesday, 16 July with the National Racing Bureau.

Trial meeting sees the end of an era

21 May, 2019
Today’s trial meeting at Rangiora marks a milestone in New Zealand racing. The meeting will be serviced by a new set of transportable, 14-gate Simtrack starting stalls, replacing the

Veteran Track Manager Garry Foskett Receives Service Award

16 May, 2019
Garry Foskett (right) is presented with his Service Award by Tim Lambert, NZTR's team leader - racing tracks and infrastructure.

Handicapping Changes Announced

14 May, 2019
Three minor changes have been made to the NZTR handicapping policy, following the annual meeting of the NZTR Handicap Review Committee. The maximum re-rating for winning non-black ty

Special Review of Integrity Services

26 April, 2019
The Messara Report recommended a review of the RIU and associated integrity bodies.  That review has now been announced by the Ministerial Advisory Committee. The

Racing Minister proposes major legislative change

17 April, 2019
Updated Wed 17 April 15:25 - see link to NZTR comments below   Next steps for racing industry re

NZTR welcomes Minister’s reform announcement

17 April, 2019
The Board of NZ Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) welcomes today’s announcement from the Minister for Racing the Rt Hon Winston Peters regarding the next steps in the reform of the racing i

NZRB contribution allows purchase of moisture metres

16 April, 2019
Track managers take part in moisture metre training Photo: Supplied Moisture metres have joined the list of tools available to

NZTR releases decision on phase one of Venue Plan

11 April, 2019
Following an extensive consultation process New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has reduced the number of racing venues to close from the 2019/20 season to seven. The NZTR Venue P