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IMPORTANT – MRC Covid-19 Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MATAMATA RACING CLUB TRAINING TRACK PERMIT-HOLDERS Please note that as of March 25 2020, the Matamata Racing Club has made the decision to close its training facility for the next 14 days at least. This follows the decision by a large majority of...

MRC Racing Bill Submission

To: Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee Matamata Racing Club Inc. (MRC) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Select Committee on the Racing Industry Bill. MRC is New Zealand’s largest combined racing and training facility, located in...

Lisa Chittick to be remembered with new Matamata race

Leading thoroughbred nursery Waikato Stud has strengthened its relationship with the Matamata Racing Club in the creation of a fillies and mares’ race with special meaning. Appropriately, the race is named in honour of the late Lisa Chittick and will be contested at...

Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour

VRC MEDIA RELEASE The People’s Cup races towards New Zealand Matamata, Wellington and Otago will all join racing history when they play host to the $200,000, 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup this week as part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. The coveted...

Mike’s incredible Melbourne Cup dream

Everyone in racing is inclined to dream at times about what they would like to achieve, but nothing compares with the Melbourne Cup dream experienced more than 20 years ago by transtasman trainer Mike Moroney. The incredible story leading up to Mike’s Melbourne Cup...

Derby mount impresses Boss in early morning hitout

It was only three-quarter-pace work but it was still enough to tell the bloke on top, Australian jockey Glen Boss, that he’ll be more than a runner’s chance when he takes In A Twinkling to the start for Saturday’s Vodafone New Zealand Derby. The stars in the sky were...

NOBLE PAIR SET FOR MATAMATA FEATURES

Bavella will be out to preserve her unbeaten record in the Matamata breeders' Stakes The leading lights of Lance Noble’s Lindsay Racing team are set to step out in feature events at Matamata on Saturday week. Snitzel filly Bavella, a brilliant stakes winner on debut...

Messara Report

Widespread track closures, an overhaul of the NZ Racing Board, outsourcing of the TAB’s commercial activities and a goal to double stakes headlined sweeping changes to the New Zealand racing industry when the Messara Report was unveiled in Hamilton tonight. Messara...