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Racing Industry Transition Agency Releases Final 2020/21 Racing Calendar. Seven meetings for Ruakaka - one in 2020 and six in 2021.

RITA has made significant changes to its draft 2020/21 racing calendar by re-instating dates for Avondale (5), Forbury Park Trotting Club (10) and a raft of other harness dates such as Manawatu, Gore, Tauherenikau, Otaki, Roxburgh, Blenheim, Timaru, Marlborough and West Coast.

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Rt Hon Winston Peters Delivers Change In The Governance of the NZ Racing Industry.

Each time the Rt Hon Peters has been Minister for Racing he has led the charge to re-shape and grow the racing industry in NZ. The sport of racing has found it hard to re-model their businesses so that they are less reliant on the betting dollar ,which is becoming and will continue to fall as a proportion of their total income. The enactment of the bill is the start of the journey, not the end.

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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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Some great moments from Ruakaka Racing!