Friday July 12th 2013 1.20pm

A Track Inspection was carried out at 12pm by Garry Foskett, Mark Biddle and Darin Balcombe at this time there was some surface water in a couple of area’s mainly around the 300m and 500m marks but at this stage it is safe to race. The rain has stopped and there is no further rain forecast for today. A Further Track inspection will be carried out in the morning (Raceday) if there is any significant overnight rain.

27/11/2012 Westbury Stud Captain Cook Stakes set to be a rematch

The $200,000 Group One Westbury Stud Captain Cook Stakes is looming as a major rematch of the Group Three Tauranga Stakes held recently. This race was moved from it’s original October date to December in 2009 and since this shift has brought together some outstanding WFA 1600m fields.
At Tauranga it was Zennista the Central Districts raider form the Lisa Latta stable that won the race from Veyron with last years Captain Cook winner Mufhasa running fourth. However the race had some of its limelight taken off it with rain arriving earlier in the day and downgrading the track to a Dead 6. However these three horses will all be great chances at Trentham. Zennista will be chasing here first Group One but has been runner up in the Group One NZ Oaks as a three year old. Veyron was the rising star in New Zealand racing last season and secured three Group One wins and will no doubt strip an even fitter horse at Trentham. Mufhasa has a wonderful affinity with Trentham having won this race last year along with two Group One Telegraph Handicaps as well. These three could also be joined by the smart mare Guiseppina safely through her assignment at Counties on Saturday. Her only Group One win came in this year Telegraph Handicap at Trentham.

27/11/2012 Strong early nominations for Wellington Cup Carnival

Early nominations closed for two of the Wellington Racing Club major races over its Pacific Jeweller Wellington Cup Carnival.
The $250,000 Group One JR & N Berkett Telegraph Handicap to be held on the first day of the carnival on January 19th again drew strong early nominations. These were headed by former Singapore star Better Than Ever. The winner of sixteen of his twenty six starts he has returned to New Zealand to race out of the Jason Bridgeman stable in Matamata. Included in his sixteen wins were four Singapore Group One victories. These came in the Singapore Guineas, Raffles Cup and two Kranji Miles. This has seen him given a New Zealand domestic rating of 110 which is the same rating as Mufhasa and Veyron. Fifty early nominations were received for the race including last years winner Guieseppina. Other nominations include the recent One Thousand Guineas winner Rollout The Carpet as well as the unbeaten Mosse who has been labelled a rising star after his four wins from four stars to date.

The $200,000 Group Two, Pacific Jewellers Wellington Cup also drew very pleasing nominations with the first ten horses all rated 100 or above. The strength of this field has continued to improve since being reduced in distance from two miles. 2011 VRC Derby winner Sangster is a notable nomination along with past Group One Thorndon Mile winner Booming. 2011 Queensland Derby winner Shoot Off from the Graeme & Debbie Rogerson stable is another Group One winner amongst the nominations as well as last season Group One Queensland Oaks winner Quinessential from the John Sargent stable.

30/10/2012. Photos from the NZ Bloodstock Wellington Guineas 2012 Raceday at Trentham are on our Gallery 

RACING NEWS October 24th 2012

Capacity fields have been drawn for this weekend New Zealand Bloodstock Wellington Guineas Raceday.

The first feature on the day is the $50,000 Seaton Park Wellesley Stakes which see the 2YO’s chase black type glory for the first time this season.
Albert Bosma and "Go Racing" will hold an important hand in this race with two representative out of the nine runners. The first is from the Stephen Marsh stable in Cambridge with Ruud Awakening. She was a very impressive winner on debut at Avondale. The second Go Racing runner is Charlestown who is on debut from Lisa Latta’s Awapuni stable. Charlestown has been a winner at the recent Foxton trials.

The second feature on the day the $70,000 Graeme Thomson Antique Jewellery Mile and sees Lisa Latta hold a strong hand with four of the thirteen runners. Justanexcuse, Zennista, Platinum Princess and Capital Diamond all look strong chances in the race, with the northern contingent right amongst the major chances with Sum Up, Royal Queen and Rochallen.

The 3 Year Olds will step out in the feature race of the day, the $85,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Wellington Guineas over 1500m.
The seventeen horse field is headed by Whanganui Guineas winner Move Faster with the fillies charges being headed by recent Soliloquy Stakes winner Misstrum.

All in all this is not a day to be missed and if you wish you can stay after the last and hopefully cheer on Ocean Park to victory in the Cox Plate.

NEW President and Committee for 2012 2013 Season

David Butler was duly elected President (unopposed) of the Wellington Racing Club for the 2012 2013 Season at the Clubs Annual General Meeting held on 18th October. David has been a member of the club since 1984 and has recently been Vice President following a period on the club committee. David takes over the reins of the club from John Fokerd who had earlier announced his intention not to stand for re-election.
The Vice-Presidents role has been taken up by another well known advocate of the Wellington Racing Club and supporter of the Hutt Valley, Wayne Guppy.
John Anderson. proprieter of the Stokes Valley New World, is the only newly elected member to join the committe this year.

Annual report of the RACE Inc. Group click here

International (Irish) recognition of Wellington Cup day at Trentham

Wellington Racing Club Cup 2012 Trentham Irish Field article

TRACK CONDITION Monday 23/01/2012 8am

20 mm of rain overnight with the track tested as a Dead 5 this morning. Weather clearing,  no rain currently. Track looking to firm up. 

Passing Of David Bennett

On Saturday January 14th the RACE Group of Clubs received the news of the sudden passing of David Bennett.

David Bennett was the immediate past Chairman of the RACE Board having stepped down from this role just last October. “Dave Bennett’s contribution to the administration of RACE was immense. He undertook his role in racing administration with great passion and guided the Awapuni Partnership and RACE through significant change” noted RACE Chairman John Henderson. “He had only just stepped down from the Board three months ago and noted in his final report that RACE continued to face significant challenges ahead but believed the RACE model was the blue print for the future of thoroughbred racing in New Zealand and was confident the business had the personal to succeed into the future. It was with shock and great sadness that his passing was received at the Marton JC races on Saturday. He was a well respected racing administrator in New Zealand and will be sorely missed by the industry and RACE in particular".

David had also recently stepped down from the Manawatu Racing Club Committee after nineteen years. In those nineteen years he served as the Club President for three years. Graeme Martin, President of the Manawatu Racing Club noted that David Bennett’s influence at Club level, Awapuni Partnership and RACE Board level would never be forgotten. “Dave Bennett put a lot of hours into horse administration. It was a passion also and he raced a number of good horses as well as leading us on the Manawatu Racing Club Committee. Dave first joined the Committee in 1992 and quickly progressed to Treasurer in 1995. In 1999 he took up the role of Vice President for the Club, which he held until 2006 when he became President. He would remain President until 2009. Just last October the Manawatu Racing Club awarded Dave, Life Membership for all his work and dedication to the Club. Dave told me that night he was most deeply moved by this recognition and was looking forward to joining us at many meetings at Awapuni. Unfortunately his life has been tragically cut short”.

David Bennett Racing

The RACE Group OF Clubs extends its sincere condolences to David’s wife Estelle and his daughters and family.

Ortensia to chase New Zealand Group 1’s
Nic Ashman
Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Scone trainer Paul Messara will venture to New Zealand with top sprinting mare Ortensia later this month in a quest for more Group 1 glory.
After winning seven of her first ten starts the daughter of Testa Rossa hadn’t won a race since November 2009 until she was transferred to Messara’s stable earlier this year.
Ortensia has raced twice for Messara for two wins including a last start victory in the Group I Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Messara said the mare had pulled up "enormous” since the feature sprint and will head to the shaky isles before Christmas.
"Her win in the Winterbottom was very satisfying and she’s pulled up enormous,” Messara said. "She’ll fly over to New Zealand on December 20 and prepare for the first of two races.”

The trainer said Ortensia would take her place in the Group I Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
"I think she’ll be really well suited in the Railway. She’ll get 56kg and be very hard to beat,” he said. "After that she’ll stick around for the Telegraph.”

The Group I Telegraph Handicap (1200m) will be run on January 21 at Trentham racecourse.

Messara has booked in-form Sydney jockey Christian Reith to partner Ortensia in her New Zealand campaign. Australia will also be represented in the Railway Stakes by this year’s Galaxy winner Atomic Force. 




 David Wilson, of Knottingly Farm has generously provided a $1000 incentive for the leading rider.....Click Here for the full article


After the third weekend of the El Cheapo Cars 2010 RACE Jumps Series, held at Trentham on Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase Day, Saturday 17 July.......Click Here for the full article


After the second weekend of the El Cheapo Cars 2010 RACE Jumps Series, held at Awapuni on Saturday 17 June....Click Here for full article


After the first weekend of the El Cheapo Cars 2010 RACE Jumps Series,held at Trentham Saturday 12 June, the leader board.....Click Here for the full article


In support of what has been a most exciting thoroughbred racing season, the Wellington Racing Club and RACE Incorporated will pay tribute to some of these great gallopers with the inaugural "Salute to the Stars" raceday..........Click Here for the full article


RACE is rolling out a new approach to managing BYO, with restrictions being out in place for all major event days.........Click here for the full article


At a meeting of local horse trainers called by RACE Inc in discussion of the future use of Trentham as a training facility, RACE Chief Executive Matt Reid advised the facility will remain open in the short term “RACE has a loyalty to existing Trentham based trainers and their horses” says Reid “The decision to retain training at Trentham will be reviewed annually, as directed by the RACE Board”.

Trainer Brian Lines agreed to head a consortium of the trainers which Reid invited to report back at the end of next week with ideas in consideration of assisting the facility staying open.

“The ultimate decision to close Trentham as a training facility is greater than merely a financial consideration.  The other two venues in the group (Otaki and Awapuni) are acknowledged by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing as strategic training venues moving forward and so they must be where our training energies are focused” said Mr Reid. 

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