Event date: 14/09/2019 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders Stakes - Group 3 $70,000 - Northland's Classic Race
Meeting includes the Ruakaka Cup and a total prize money of $240,000 on offer.
Northland's Classic Raceday
The Cambridge Stud Northland Stakes has grown into a quality race of internationally accepted Group 3 status. The performances of the winners and placegetters of this race has resulted in its upgrade from Listed to Group 3 status.
The race was introduced by the Club in 2011 with Antonio Lombardo winning the race from Moirai and Perfect Katch. Previously the Club had focussed on a triple crown for two year olds. The race started as Listed race but was upgraded to Group 3 in 2017 after the running of the 2016 version attracted a very strong field with Heroic Valour winning from The Soultaker, Wyndspelle and Ferrando.
Last year's winner Melt and second placegetter Madison County went to prove their class at the Hawkes Bay and Riccarton carnivals.
The race is usually held on a track rated better than slow and continues to prove its value as an early stepping stone for the bigger spring and summer carnivals.
Introduced last year as an open 2200 metres the $35,000 Ruakaka Cup is the final open staying test for the year at the course and is the culmination of the winters' stayers preparation or a very suitable base for the horses looking to head south to Riccarton for their two mile cup race. Last year the placegetters behind He's Cavalier, in Bee Tee Junior and Major Tom, headed south with Bee Tee Junior finishing fifth in the NZ Cup.
The LED Media Solutions big screen, powered by a Hirepool generator, enhances the days viewing and catering Tee Cafe is building their reputation as they provide catering for functions or for the Bayside Cafe.
The meeting is the best quality programme for the year for the Club. The programme of races is:
- Cambridge Stud Northland Stakes $70,000 Group 3 for 3yo over 1200 metres
- Ruakaka Cup $35,000 Open handicap over 2200 metres
- Open Sprint $35,000 over 1200 metres
- Rating 82 Benchmark $30,000 over 1400 metres
- Rating 72 Benchmark $25,000 over 1600 metres
- Rating 65 Benchmark $22,500 over 1200 metres
- Rating 65 Benchmark $22,500 over 2100 metres
- Maiden $10,000 over 1400 metres