Meeting News

Riccarton Park - Canterbury JC | Saturday 6 November RACE DAY

Race Day
Weather: Now Fine
Track: Now Good 3
Rail: True 
Weather and Track updated at 11.52am Saturday 6 November  
Race Day
Weather: Now Fine
Track: Dead 4
Rail: True 
Weather and Track updated at 10.53am Saturday 6 November  
Race Day
Weather: Overcast
Track: Dead 4
Rail: True 
Weather and Track updated at 6.12am Saturday 6 November  
Friday Afternoon 
Weather: Fine
Track: Dead 4
Rail: True 
Weather and Track updated at 4.35pm Friday 5 November  
Friday Morning 
Weather: Fine
Track: Dead 5
Rail: True 
Weather and Track updated at 8.58am Friday 5 November  
Thursday Morning 
Weather: Fine
Track: Dead 5
Rail: True 
Weather and Track updated at 11.11am Thursday 4 November  
Withdrawal Morning 
Weather: Fine
Track: Dead 6
Rail: True 
Weather and Track updated at 9.02am Wednesday 3 November  
Nomination Morning 
Weather: Overcast 
Track: Slow 7 
Rail: True | 40mm Irrigation Applied Over The Weekend 
Weather and Track updated at 8.58am Tuesday 2 November  
The R65 1600m has been divided into a main $40,000 race and a $20,000 consolation race. If a horse gains a start in the $40,000 R65 1600m it must start in that race, or alternatively come out of both races.
Apprentice Riders:
Maria Sanson (a4) 021 145 9230
Sanu Toolooa (a3) c/- 021 182 5559
Senior Riders:
Vinnie Colgan c/- 027 200 2520
Tina Comignaghi c/- 021 556 712
Sarah Macnab 021 123 1858
Michael McNab c/- 027 639 2008
Tegan Newman c/- 0211 715 703
Sam Weatherley c/- 021 260 7170
Licence holders please note the following significant changes to what has operated at previous Riccarton Park racedays. These changes are necessary due to the greater number of owners, sponsors and members attending the NZ Cup Meeting.

• All Licence Holders vehicle entry is via the Steadman Road entrance.

• Jockeys parking is on the lawn behind the Grand National (Public) Grandstand.

• Trainers, and officials and others critical to the running of the meeting can park on the shingle behind the Grand National Stand and the lawn behind the Red Pumphouse.

• Trainers and stable staff have the Owners Pavilion and Marquee adjacent to it as a lounge for refreshments, watching races and relaxing between races. The Nightmarch Room is not available as it has been allocated to owners.

• Viewing is from reserved seating in front of the Gloaming Room which is accessed by the steel staircase by the Weighing Room. Entry is through the chute from the Parade Ring.

• A fenced in compound captures the carparks, tie-up stalls, Owners Pavilion and Marquee, Parade Ring, Birdcage and viewing area. Licence holders are also reminded of the requirement to move only within this restricted area and not to mix with other groups on-course.

• Scan the ‘NZ Cup Meeting Racing Operations’ QR Code. This is a different one to what the other attendees will scan and will be available throughout the compound.
PRIVATE SUITE & GUINEAS TERRACE: Due to cancellation a limited number of private suites are available – email Kym now [email protected] .
JOCKEYS: Clause 3.6 of the NZTR COVID-19 Emergency Regulations which currently apply require jockeys to provide their own water bottle with their name on it should they require a drink of water at the starting gates. Drink bottles can be handed in to the Stipendiary Stewards room where they will be collected by the starter and taken to the start.
The following conditions have been reached in consultation with the NZ Jockeys Association and apply to use of the Sauna at Riccarton Park Racecourse.
• There MUST always be at least two (2) people in the Sauna/Jockeys Rooms.
• The sauna is NOT to be used by ONE PERSON in the facility on their own.
• All cars are to be parked out on the driveway NOT inside the ‘Arch Gate’.
• The Jockeys Room/Basement area must be locked when leaving. It is not to be left open under any circumstances.
• Lights and heaters are to be turned off.
• A water cooler is installed to provide drinking water.
• Jockeys using the facilities are responsible for cleaning and tidying the sauna, showers, and toilets after use.
IMPORTANT!! – OWNERS PRIVILEGES ALL THREE DAYS: Due to the COVID-19 measures and regulations that apply owners will be contacted directly after nominations close regarding registering to attend on raceday.
ENTRY TO THE COURSE: All entry is by pre-registration on all three days. This includes owners. There is no walk-up attendance. Please ensure that you have your NZTR Licence pass or the correct entrance ticket to prevent embarrassment or difficulties at the gates. Please ensure that you go to the correct gate. Licence holders please refer to the specific instructions above and in the letter to Trainers.
HORSE FLOAT PARKING: All horse floats are to use the containment area.

Trainers and horse float operators are advised that it is a requirement of the CJC H&S policy that all floats unload and load within the confines of the contained Float Park. Horses must not be unloaded or loaded anywhere other than within this area. Horse floats must enter the Racecourse from the Steadman Road gate.
RACEDAY STALLS: Given the probability of a high number of starters and the resulting pressure on tie-up stalls Trainers are asked to work together in managing the use of tie-up stalls. Please do not leave vacant stalls between you and your neighbour. Any reserved stalls will be released if horses have nowhere to go. Please return horses to the Visitors/Permanent Stables as soon as possible after racing.
Two extra stalls have been created by shifting the Clerks of Course to the Farrier area, eight new outdoor tie-up stalls facing the Grand National Stand have been built and the two small yards have been brought into the area by re-aligning fencing. This creates an additional 12 places for horses resulting in 132 in total.
OWNERS PAVILLION: Is closed to owners but will be open for trainers and stable staff.
MOUNTING IN PARADE RING: Not applicable – all races will mount in the birdcage.
VISITORS STABLES CONGESTION: Trainers are asked to park horse floats in a manner that does not cause congestion in the walkway to the track. During track work people need to be observant to the fact that horses and being led and ridden to the track.
HI-VIZ VESTS: All riders are required to wear Hi-Viz Vests or jackets when riding trackwork at Riccarton Park. Trainers and Stable Staff require
CONNECTIONS FRIDAY FUNCTIONS: Not being held this year.

Following consultation with the New Zealand Trainers’ Association & Racing Clubs, it has been agreed that entry to the Saddling Enclosures at all thoroughbred racing venues will be restricted to Licensed Trainers & Registered Persons. In conjunction with this directive, the minimum age for staff to enter these areas is 14 years unless a Stipendiary Steward has granted prior approval. In order to enforce this policy, Licensed Trainers and Licensed Persons must display their official NZTR ID card to gain access to the Saddling Enclosure areas on raceday
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