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NZ TAB outlines the impact of Covid-19 on their business and indicates that the future will look very different without providing any specifics.

Executive Chair of RITA/TAB makes only general comments about the lack of sport impacting on the betting and indicates that there will be lower distributions and a new racing calendar. Very little details of the financial impact on each Code or the extent of the number of race meetings or venues to be cut out of the calendar.

Bill Colgan 0 91

NZTR paints picture of racing post lockdown and it doesn't look good for Ruakaka's winter racing season in 2020.

On the basis of this information, northern region racing will be one meeting per week based around the bigger training centres in the Waikato and then gradually expanding to outer courses like Ruakaka in late spring. Just have to work out how to keep the business solvent until then.

Bill Colgan 0 104


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Welcome to Ruakaka Racing

The Whangarei Racing Club is an incorporated society, promoting and assisting the development of the sport of thoroughbred horse racing in Northland by conducting race meetings, horse training and other events and functions at its Ruakaka Racecourse on Peter Snell Road, Ruakaka. Trainers also utilise the Bream Bay beach that adjoins the eastern edge of the racecourse.


Racing at Ruakaka is held at various times throughout the year but has the reputation of being a strategic NZ thoroughbred racing winter racetrack with its sand based profile. Being only a ninety minute drive from Auckland north shore and twenty-five minutes south of Whangarei in the Marsden Point greater region, the course attracts many summer holiday visitors with the Summer Festival Race meeting in January, its winter racing season of Saturdays in June, July and August and then its premier Spring Into Racing meeting that features the Northland Breeders Stakes (LR).


The Ruakaka facility is a key community asset providing recreational facilities to the local pony club and major fund raising opportunities for charitable organizations such as Mid-western Lions, Surf Life Saving Club and school associations.


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