The Masterton Racing Club has announced that the 1000m and 1400m maiden races at their Saturday the 20th of November meeting at Tauherenikau will both be run for a stake of $8,000. The increase is due to sponsorship from Devan Plastics and Masterton’s Tumu Building Centre.
The Club Vice President Richard White said, “The Club recognises the importance of $8,000 races to the industry as they give owners an opportunity to qualify their horses to be sold to Hong Kong. The club is also running a 3yo 1000m Rating 70 event worth $10,500. While it is important that horses be retained for domestic racing, it is equally important that owners have an opportunity to attract a buyer from such a strong market as Hong Kong. Selling a horse to Hong Kong can afford owners to re-invest in the local industry and in many cases at a greater level”.
The Masterton Racing Club previously raced at Tauherenikau in April. The new day is part of a big weekend in the Wairarapa as Toast Martinborough is on the following day. The raceday is already attracting the attention of many local businesses keen to hold a pre Christmas party.