Otaki venue changes – July & August
The Levin Racing Club Ryder Stakes meeting on Saturday 27 July will be transferred to Awapuni following an inspection of the Otaki track on Wednesday by NZTR Venue Inspector Gary Foskett and Otaki Club officials.
The venue change has been approved by NZTR in consultation with the NZ Trainers Association, the NZ Jockeys Association and the New Zealand Racing Board. Garry Foskett this week advised the Club that it was prudent to allow the track further time to recover, before the section of the track where the work had been undertaken was tested ahead of any racemeetings being conducted. The Clubs agreed that both the Levin RC meeting to be held on 27 July and Otaki-Maori RC meeting on Saturday 18 August would be transferred to other venues within the RACE Group.
Remedial drainage work was undertaken in May at Otaki from the winning post and around the bottom turn. While this work was completed on schedule. While the track itself is in good order and the new drainage work has addressed the issue of surface water collecting in the area around the bottom bend, there has been insufficient grass growth above a number of the 60 new lateral drains at this time to risk conducting a racemeeting at the venue. The Club will be conducting supervised gallops and/or jumpouts on the course proper before racing can resume.
The Levin RC meeting on Saturday 27 July to be transferred to Awapuni features the $50,000 Listed Ryder Stakes for two year olds. Awapuni is also running an Industry Jumps Day on the Thursday 25 July, which will proceed as planned, with the rail out 12 metres on the Thursday. The rail will then be moved to the true position for the Saturday Levin RC meeting. The advertised programme and distances for the Levin meeting have not been changed. .
The Otaki-Maori RC feature meeting on August 18 will now be held at Trentham. There are also no changes to the advertised programme for this meeting.