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National Council Meeting October 2019

NZ Harness Trainers & Drivers Assn
Published by Pete Cook in News · 17 October 2019
Next Tuesday 22nd, sees another bi-annual meeting of the Trainers & Drivers National Council, this year to be held in the HRNZ Boardroom. Also at some stage we will be joined by HRNZ Chair Ken Spicer and CEO Peter Jensen. There is, as usual, a wide range of topics up for discussion, however if any member has anything that they would like to add to the agenda, please advise the undersigned by next Monday lunch time.
 
This is a bit off topic, but I thought it was worth sharing. I don’t follow gallops either here or across the Tasman, however I happened to notice a couple of things in between harness races in the past couple of weeks. This will be of particular interest to those out there who keep bleating on about why we don’t have the same money to throw around as our trans-tasman neighbours.
 
1.     Morphetville gallops – stake $54k – five runners.
 
2.     Port Macquarie gallops – stake $23,800 – two (yes two) runners
 
And the ‘doozie’ of them all
 
3.     Flemington gallops – Race for two year olds, all first starters, five runners, with one scratched at the barrier, so actually four – stake (wait for it) $178,000+ – no that’s not a misprint. The fourth horse received $7875 for running last! The word obscene springs to mind.
 
Pete Cook


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