Racing To Cease At Paeroa Racecourse

Posted by on 17/03/2014

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The Waikato Racing Club has ‘pulled the pin’ on the Paeroa Racing Club. The upcoming meeting at Paeroa, to be held on Friday 28 March 2014, will now be transferred to the Counties Racing Club and no licences will be issued for racing at Paeroa in the 2014-15 season.

The Waikato Racing Club advised the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) Board in February this year that it was their intention to cease racing at Paeroa from the conclusion of the current 2013-14 season and wishes to relinquish all dates as soon as possible.

The Paeroa Racecourse is being marketed for sale by its owner, the Barbara Anderson Trust and the Waikato Racing Club’s lease over the property terminates at the end of July.

Waikato Racing Club General Manager, Ken Rutherford, said the decision by the club to discontinue racing and trialling at Paeroa now, rather than carry on racing there until July, is due to issues with the Paeroa track. “Recent inspections of the track by NZTR’s Garry Foskett, along with the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) and club representatives, have determined that before the course is used again for racing there needs to be a considerable amount of maintenance work carried out including aeration, fertilising and reseeding.”

“The track really needs to be shut for at least six weeks. If this was to happen we would be unlikely to be able to race or trial there until May. Given the cost involved and the fact that the Club would have just the one further race meeting this season at the end of July it was decided to stop racing immediately.”