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Media Release - Ruakaka Racing on Saturday 15th August
Bill Colgan
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Media Release - Ruakaka Racing on Saturday 15th August

The Counties Meeting scheduled for Saturday 15 August will now be conducted by the Whangarei RC at Ruakaka. While there has been improvement at the Pukekohe track there is still uncertainty if they were get significant rainfall in race-week. The programme remains the same.

Good news for racing fans and owners in Northland.

The Whangarei Racing Club has today been allocated a meeting on Saturday August 15th to replace the meeting cancelled at Pukekohe on the same date.

Despite the short notice the Whangarei Racing Club is pleased to be able to conduct the meeting and re-instate, with the great support of local sponsors, the running of the $30,000 2020 ITM/GIB Whangarei Gold Cup over 2100 metres. The perpetual trophy was first presented in 1929 and it was expected that there would be no running of the event this year.

The race meeting will also feature the $30,000 Harcourts Tai Tokerau Trophy race over 1600 metres as an open entry race. The Tai Tokerau Trophy is a continuation of the concept of a Northland Cup that the Dargaville Racing Club conducted for many years.

Club Chairman Mike Beazley today stated “The benefit of the sand based surface of the Ruakaka track to the thoroughbred racing industry cannot be  under-estimated. The enthusiasm for racing in Northland is very strong as shown by how quickly local businessmen Shayne Heape of Whangarei ITM/GIB stepped in to sponsor the race meeting.”

With two race meetings in August the Club’s racing fortunes have turned quickly as the Covid-19 impacted  racing schedule did not have the Club racing again in 2020.

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