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Acceptances for South Waikato Racing Club's Annual Raceday, Wednesday 11 March 2015
07 Mar 2015

The South Waikato Racing Club's Annual Racemeeting is being held here at Matamata next Wednesday 11 March.

Weather & Track updated as at 8.07 am Saturday 7 March:
Weather: Overcast
Track: Dead 4
Rail: Out 3m | 6mm Rain Overnight

Gates Open 12 Noon / Public Cafe & Bars Open 12.30 pm / First Race 1.28 pm

Public Café: Curragh Lounge

Public Bars: Curragh &  Epsom Lounges

Matamata Racing Club’s Members & Patrons – Curragh & Epsom Lounges For Today Only

All other lounges will be closed for private functions.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Eftpos Facilities: Raceday Office, Curragh Lounge & Newmarket Lounge

Out-Caterers: Espresso To Go ( Located between the Gazebo Lounge & the Curragh Lounge)

Acceptances are here: South Waikato RC 11-03-2015 Acceptances.pdf

See you here on Wedneday.

20 Feb 2015
Acceptances for Matamata, Saturday 21 February
18 Feb 2015

Acceptances are now final for our Premier J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders' Stakes Raceday this Saturday 21 February.

Acceptances 21.02.15.pdf

For up to date information between now and Saturday please keep an eye on the NZTR website,

Gates open 10 am / First race is 12.20 pm / J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders' Stakes Race 6 at 3.15 pm / Last race at 5.03 pm

Free entry on the day courtesy of J Swap Contractors / Free children's entertainment from Big As Party Games plus a bouncy castle and face painting / Win a Tonezone Panasonic Big Screen Plasma TV and the change to win a Fairview Ford Ranger Ute worth $50,000! 

Make sure you join us here at Matamata Racing Club's Premier Racemeeting!

Nominations for Saturday 21 February: Still Open
17 Feb 2015

Nominations closed today at Noon however all races remain open until 9 am tomorrow morning.

Nominations 210215.pdf

Track Dead4

Weather Fine

Rail True Position

Please note that travel subsidies for horses trained outside the Auckland/Waikato/Bay Of Plenty regions are available on a case-by-case basis.  Trainers are asked to inquire with the Matamata Racing Club's Office.

17 Feb 2015

Nominations close at Noon today for our Premier J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders' Stakes Raceday this Saturday 21 February.

Nomination Morning
Weather: Fine
Track: Dead 4 | Irrigating | 40mm Irrigation Last 7 Days
Rail: True
Weather and Track updated at 8.14am Tuesday 17 February

Travel subsidies for horses trained outside the Auckland/Waikato/Bay Of Plenty regions are available on a case-by-case basis. Trainers are asked to inquire with the Matamata RC office. 

Information can be found on the NZTR website,

07 Feb 2015

We are racing tomorrow here at Matamata Racing Club.


Full racemeeting details can be found here:

To have a sneaky look at tomorrow's racebook, here it is! Racebook for 080215.pdf

First race is at 1.30 pm.  The sunshine is booked so we will see you all here tomorrow!

Junior Fashion In The Field Event, Wednesday 18 February
05 Feb 2015

The annual Junior Fashion In The Field event is being held at Railside by the Green from 5.30 pm on Wednesday 18 February.


Entries can be dropped in or posted to Scene Newspaper, 10 Arawa Street / P O Box 491, Matamata.

Entries close Wednesday 11 February - next week!!

Acceptances for Matamata, Sunday 8 February
04 Feb 2015

We are racing here at Matamata this Sunday 8 February.


First race is at 1.30 pm and the last of 8 races at 5.38 pm.

Come and enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the races.

Meeting news can be found on NZTR's website, following this link

Acceptances are here: Acceptances 080215 for Matamata.pdf

See you here!


Hospitality Packages for Matamata Breeders' Stakes Saturday 21 February 2015
16 Jan 2015
Tuscany Road Fashion in the Field Saturday 21 February 2015
16 Jan 2015
15 Jan 2015

We have booked a glorious day full of sunshine for tomorrow's racemeeting here at Matamata, our first for 2015!

First race is at 12.43 pm and the last of the 9-race programme is at 5.20 pm.

Latest update at 9.30 am this morning, going is Dead4 and the weather is fine.  For the latest information, check out


Here is our racebook for tomorrow: Acceptances for Matamata 17.12.14.pdf

As it is school holidays, we have a celebration bouncy castle with slide for the kids.

Two Tones Catering will be selling their delicious cafe temptations in the Curragh Lounge.

Espresso To Go will be in their usual spot plus Mr Whippy and Thai Royale Matamata will be here on-course.

See you here tomorrow!

Racing at Matamata Tomorrow!
16 Dec 2014

Matamata is racing tomorrow!

Come and join us for our ever-so-popular Twilight Christmas at the Races race meeting, proudly supported by Noble & Lee, tomorrow.

First race 3.15 pm / Last race 7.33 pm / Gates Open 10 am (to allow people to set up their car boot party areas) / Functions Open at 2.30 pm

For the latest information go to NZTR's Meeting News,

For tomorrow's racebook click here, Racebook for 17.12.14.pdf

Please remember to support our sponsors, as they do support us.  Tomorrow's sponsors are Noble & Lee Chartered Accountants, Bell & Graham Lawyers, Elders Livestock Matamata, Matamata Veterinary Services Limited, Comag Limited, Matamata Tyre Services, Stihl Shop Matamata and Pertab Bloodstock Limited.

See you tomorrow!

Acceptances for Matamata, Wednesday 17 December
13 Dec 2014

Acceptances were released this morning for our Twilight Christmas at the Races race meeting, proudly supported by Noble & Lee, next Wednesday 17 December.

Acceptances for Matamata 17.12.14.pdf

For meeting news click here

Nominations for Wednesday 17 December
12 Dec 2014

Nominations were released today for our Twilight Christmas at the Races race meeting, proudly supported by Noble & Lee, next Wednesday 17 December.

Nominations for Matamata 17.12.14.pdf

For meeting news click here

Acceptances close at 10 am tomorrow.

Appeal cuts Walker ban: NZ Racing Desk, The Informant Fri, 12 Dec 2014
12 Dec 2014
Disgraced jockey David Walker has had his disqualification for breaching two betting rules and one serious racing offence reduced on appeal from seven years to five and a half years.

Walker's appeal was based on information that was not provided when the Judicial Control Authority made its original decision.

The appeals tribunal headed by Sir Bruce Robertson said Walker's lay advocate Barry Hart provided information at the appeal which would have certainly contributed to some allowances being made in the penalty if the original committee had those details.

Had that information been provided at the time, including character references and the fact that the disqualification “has and will seriously impact on his ability to earn an income over a lengthy period,” some allowance would surely have been made.

The tribunal did not agree with Hart, who submitted Walker's penalty was manifestly excessive and should be reduced to just eight months' disqualification.

The appeals tribunal made no alteration to the one-year suspension Walker was given for breaching the betting rule and it will be served concurrently with his five and a half year ban, effective from September 19.

New thoroughbred book to be released: NZ Racing Desk, The Informant Fri, 12 Dec 2014
12 Dec 2014An in-depth look at the New Zealand breeding industry is the focus of a new thoroughbred book.

Where Champions Are Born is the work of journalist, broadcaster and New Zealand Racing Desk contributor Aidan Rodley and will be launched at a function at the Te Rapa racecourse on Friday, December 19 at 5.30pm. 

The hardcover 216-page book is a study of 17 leading stud farms and features the photography of Trish Dunell with a foreword from New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum.

O'Sullivan flying high with Sprint prospect Aerovelocity: NZ Racing Desk, The Informant Fri, 12 Dec 2014
12 Dec 2014

Aerovelocity (pink blinkers) gives Paul O'Sullivan a leading chance in Sunday's Hong Kong Sprint.
Aerovelocity (pink blinkers) gives Paul O'Sullivan a leading chance in Sunday's Hong Kong Sprint.

The rapid rise of leading Longines Hong Kong Sprint chance Aerovelocity has coincided with the resurgence of Paul O'Sullivan's stable and victory on Sunday on Hong Kong International Day would thrust the Kiwi trainer even further into the limelight.

His stable numbers dwindling, O'Sullivan took stock at the beginning of last term and a new assistant trainer arrived in the form of Pierre Ng, son of former trainer Peter Ng, before Aerovelocity rattled off five straight wins and went from Class Three to Class One.

O'Sullivan's stable numbers have nearly doubled since Aerovelocity arrived in his yard and the son of Pins took another step with a dramatic victory in the Gr. 2 Premier Bowl first-up. The come-from-behind victory took the six-year-old's rating to 118 and assured him of a start in the Hong Kong Sprint.

Aerovelocity trailed the field home three weeks ago when 14th in the Hong Kong Sprint Trial but was denied clear-running for much of the straight in an incident-packed race and punters have been quick to dismiss the run, backing the six-year-old gelding into $5.50 favourite. 

"We've got 51 horses in work and two seasons ago we had 26," said O'Sullivan, who has endured some lean returns in recent seasons. "We've been below mid-table for a few years now, but I would like to think we should be in the top 10.

"We looked at our horses' diets, work routines, our method ... everything, and made the necessary changes.

"Pierre has been tremendous - he has just brought everyone together. A horse like Aerovelocity certainly helps too.

"The tide goes in and out here, but when you have horses like him running consistently throughout the season, then more people are going to come to you with horses."

Aerovelocity has drawn barrier seven in Sunday's sprint feature and champion jockey Zac Purton will continue his association with the talented speedster. 

"I’m happy with that gate," O'Sullivan said. "He should be able to get a nice run from there. I’d rather have drawn seven than one – Buffering will go forward and he’s a good one to follow.”

An 11-time champion trainer in New Zealand, O'Sullivan has won numerous majors around the world, including the Japan Cup with Horlicks and the Cox Plate with Surfers Paradise, when training in partnership with his father Dave. 

Having arrived in Hong Kong in 2004, the 55-year-old has prepared a Hong Kong Derby winner in Vital King and a Stewards’ Cup winner in Fellowship, but should Aerovelocity salute in Sunday's International Sprint, you get a sense it will be O'Sullivan's proudest moment to date.

TiES Launches Video for Retired Thoroughbreds: NZTR Fri, 12 Dec 2014
12 Dec 2014
Derby winner St Reims dies: Dennis Ryan, The Informant Fri, 12 Dec 2014
12 Dec 2014

St Reims powers to victory in the 2002 New Zealand Derby.
St Reims powers to victory in the 2002 New Zealand Derby.

St Reims, a $1 million Karaka yearling and winner of the New Zealand Derby and Zabeel Classic, has died at the age of 15.

The Cambridge Stud-bred son of Zabeel was trained by Chris McNab during a four-season career, when his trademark style was to lead and maintain a relentless gallop that netted 11 wins from 36 starts. His maiden win at his fifth start was followed immediately by victory in the Gr. 2 Avondale Guineas and Gr. 1 New Zealand Derby, run at Ellerslie then on Boxing Day.

Placings were St Reims’ lot in his second season, but he bounced back to win five of his 10 starts at five years, when his affinity with the Ellerslie track was underlined by wins in the Gr. 1 Zabeel Classic, Gr. 2 Counties Cup and Gr. 3 Lindauer Stakes. It took a rising star in Xcellent, that season’s New Zealand Derby winner and receiving five kilograms under the weight-for-scale, to deny a fourth major Ellerslie success in the Gr. 1 Second Century Stakes.

St Reims had one final limited campaign as a spring six-year-old, when he scored once before being retired to stud. From 226 foals sired over five seasons, he never left one to match, with his best performers among 37 individual winners the stakes-placed Delecta Dreams and Astute And Agile.  

St Reims spent his final years at Erewhon Station in the Canterbury back-country, where he was the successor to another son of Zabeel in Zed. That young stallion’s stay at Erewhon ended after his early crop progeny hit their straps with maturity and he resumed duties at Grangewilliam Stud.

There was no such fairytale outcome for St Reims, however. As noted by Queensland-based Rob McAnulty, who selected him as a yearling and headed the syndicate that raced him,  chronic foot problems spelt an early end.

“He had been living a great life at Erewhon and they did all they could to help his condition, but he ended up with rotating pedal bone and there was no option but to put Harry down,” McAnulty told

“It was a humane end to his life and he’s now buried on top of a glacial deposit hill that overlooks the Rangitata River valley with the Southern Alps behind. He was a mighty racehorse and he deserves that respect.”

Abidewithme a strong chance in Cal Isuzu: NZ Racing Desk, The Informant Thu, 11 Dec 2014
12 Dec 2014
Abidewithme will contest Saturday's Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa as something of a tune-up for the Gr. 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, but that doesn't mean she won't be winning.

That's the word from her Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman, who is thrilled with the five-year-old Redoute's Choice mare ahead of the weight-for-age fillies and mares' feature.

Much of Bridgman's confidence ahead of the weekend stems from a dashing trial at Cambridge last week, when Abidewithme went to the line under a strong hold from stable rider Matthew Cameron a neck behind last year's Cal Isuzu Stakes winner Diademe.

"That was probably the most impressive she's ever trialled," Bridgman said. "She loves hard ground and that's what she got at Cambridge. I just hope she gets a Good3 track at Te Rapa this weekend. Te Rapa is not a track she's had much luck on. It's a track you can't afford to get held up at because the boat sails pretty quickly there."

A winner of six of her 15 starts, Abidewithme has finished eighth in the Gr. 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic and seventh in the Gr. 2 Travis Stakes in her previous two Te Rapa starts.

In three starts this preparation, she has finished fourth in the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings, fifth in the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings and second in the Gr. 3 Sofitel Stakes at Ellerslie last month.

"She's done really well in the interim. Normally a mare doesn't need a lot, but I gave her that quiet trial at Cambridge more to have her ready for the Zabeel Classic than for this one," Bridgman said.

"I didn't want a flattening run at Te Rapa 13 days before the Zabeel Classic and that trial should have topped her off nicely. She should go a bold race in a fresh state. I expect her to be a winning chance - they will know she's in there anyway."

Meanwhile, Bridgman is hoping for a little easing of the track at Awapuni for his Gr. 3 Eulogy Stakes hopeful No Tricks. 

The Savabeel filly is having just her fourth start on Saturday, having won and twice placed so far, but she was just a neck from Abidewithme at the trials and Bridgman is optimistic she can be competitive at Awapuni.

"If O'Marilyn is on her A-game, we'd all be running for second and third. It's a strong Eulogy field this year and this will have her ready for the Ellerslie carnival at the end of the month," Bridgman said.

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