Racing to start earlier at Counties RC and Riccarton Park
Thoroughbred racing will resume earlier than anticipated with the Counties Racing Club hosting a meeting on Saturday 20 June.
NZ Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) announced the move today based on feedback from trainers who have indicated they had horses ready to return to the track sooner than the planned resumption in early July.
The meeting scheduled to Counties is an addition to the original calendar and will carry the same $15,000 stakes across the board, with free nomination and acceptance for all starters and payment back to 14th place in each race.
Open entry races for Counties will be programmed over 800, 1100, 1300, 1600 and 2000 metres.
The Canterbury Jockey Club meeting originally programmed for Friday 3 July, will move to Saturday 27 June.
Racing in the Central Districts will get underway, as planned, at Awapuni on Saturday 4 July, which will also see the second Northern meeting of the resumption period at Te Rapa.