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Local ownership interests have two live chances in Millefiori and Follow Your Dreams in the Karaka Million at Ellerslie on Saturday night.

On Sunday, several Northland breeders will be anxiously waiting to see if the buyer interest, without overseas visitors, is strong for their youngsters at the sales. The breeders will be hoping the very strong Gold Coast sales held earlier this month will be reflected at the sales. The fear is that many potential Karaka buyers switched to the Gold Coast because they cannot attend this coming week with the current travel restrictions.

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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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