Racing to temporarily cease

The announcement that New Zealand would move to level 4 of the COVID-19 alert system in 48 hours means that all racing will cease for the next four weeks from Tuesday 24 March.


New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing New Zealand, Greyhound Racing New Zealand and the TAB, have met to discuss what steps the industry needs to take to protect the livelihoods of its participants.


no public to attend races 

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no public access to the Bayleys International Raceday this Saturday.

The Coronavirus Emergency Regulations come into force at 4 pm today and will remain in force until 13 April 2020. Under Rule 106 the Regulations are binding on all clubs, licence holders, owners and other persons to whom the Rules apply.

These steps are necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of our participants and ensure that our industry can continue to function in a time of national crisis.
The only people who can attend the race meeting will be:
  •  Licensed jockeys engaged to compete at the meeting;
  • Licensed trainers with runners engaged at the meeting and their essential staff;
  • Race day and integrity officials and staff;
  • Broadcasters (Trackside);
  • Limited accredited media (only as approved by NZTR)

A copy of the Regulations is available here


Local Trainer Antony Fuller couldn’t believe his eyes as his brave stayer Roger That powered ahead to win the 2020 Group 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup on Saturday.



It may be a few days since Roger That won the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m), but trainer Antony Fuller still can’t wipe the smile off his face.

“I think it is still sinking in to be honest, but I do find myself walking around and grinning,” Fuller said.

It was the first Group One victory for Fuller in just his second start in an elite-level race.



Louise Dean has been appointed as the new General Manager for Racing Tauranga. 



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Le Castile in winning form at Te Aroha

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Le Castile in winning form at Te Aroha

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Le Castile in winning form at Te Aroha

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Le Castile in winning form at Te Aroha

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Le Castile in winning form at Te Aroha

Le Castile

A stunning grey mare with an impressive career to date.

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Le Castile in winning form at Te Aroha