Bill Colgan / Monday, 26 March 2018 / Categories: Latest News NZTR sets race programmes until the end of July 2018 Minimum stakes continue at $10,000 and Open races at $35,000 for the winter season at Ruakaka. Photo: Smedley returning to scale after winning 2016 ITM Whangarei Gold Cup. RACE PROGRAMMES TO END OF JULY 2018. NZ Thoroughbred Racing recently met with the Northern Region Programming Committee of which John Craig is the Chair, NZ Trainers’ Association and Central Districts programming representatives to programme the northern region races for the remainder of the 2017/18 racing season. The Club has representation at these meetings but the Committee looks to co-ordinate the programmes across all meetings in the northern region so the full range of race programme options are not available to the Club to prevent clashes with other northern venues. The tables below detail the class of races, distance and prizemoney that will be on offer. From a Club perspective the biggest change is the distance reduction of the Northpine Waipu Cup on 30 June from 1600m to 1400m, making it very hard for a locally prepared horse to have a programme at Ruakaka to the ITM Whangarei Gold Cup over 2100m on July 14. The alternative is the path taken by last year’s winner Smedley of starting in the Kiwifruit Cup over 2100m three weeks before the local cup. WHANGAREI RACING CLUB NZTR APPROVED PROGRAMME Wed May 16 Sat June 16 Bmk R70 Hcp – 1200m - $11,000 Open Hcp – 1600m - $35,000 Bmk R65 Hcp – 2100m - $10,000 Open Hcp -1200m-$35,000 Mdn SW – 1400m - $10,000 Bmk R85 Hcp – 2100m - $30,000 Mdn SW – 1200m - $10,000 Bmk R85 Hcp -1400m - $30,000 Mdn SW F&M – 1200m - $10,000 Bmk R75 Hcp – 1600m - $25,000 Mdn 3yo – 1400m - $10,000 Bmk R65 Hcp – 1600m - $22,500 Mdn 2yo SW – 1000m - $10,000 Bmk R65 Hcp – 1200m - $22,500 ?? Race to be added $10,000 Mdn SW – 1400m - $10,000 Sat June 30 Sat July 14 Open Hcp – 1400m - $35,000 Open Hcp – 2100m - $35,000 Bmk R75 Hcp – 2100m - $25,000 Open Hcp – 1400m - $35,000 Bmk R75 Hcp – 1200m - $25,000 Bmk R85 Hcp – 1200m - $30,000 Bmk R65 Hcp – 1600m - $22,500 Bmk R75 Hcp – 1400m - $25,000 Bmk R65 Hcp – 1200m - $22,500 Bmk R65 Hcp – 1600m - $22,500 Mdn SW – 1600 - $10,000 Bmk R65 Hcp – 1200m - $22,500 Mdn 3yo SW – 1200m $10,000 Mdn SW – 1200 - $10,000 2yo SWP – 900m - $22,500 2yo SWP – 1000m - $22,500 Previous Article Ruakaka - NZ's best bet for winter! Next Article Governance review will forestall future venue planning considerations that were due to commence over the coming months. Print 797 Rate this article: 5.0 Please login or register to post comments.