RUTHERFORD TO CAPTAIN WAIKATO RACING CLUB
Former New Zealand cricket captain Ken Rutherford has been appointed as General Manager of the Waikato Racing Club (WRC), WRC Chairman David Smith confirmed today.
"The Board of the WRC is delighted to have Ken joining our team. This is a pivotal role as, between our two venues of Te Rapa and Paeroa, the Club now stages more race meetings in New Zealand than any other racing club. Racing is a significant contributor to the Waikato economy.
"The WRC is one of the oldest and most respected clubs in New Zealand and is widely regarded as having the best racing surface in the country. This is due to visionary leadership and a determination to make the WRC the most successful of its kind. Ken Rutherford's appointment certainly underlines that determination."
Mr Smith continued:
"Obviously Ken meeds no introduction - a former New Zealand cricket captain, he has worked in broadcasting and bookmaking roles in New Zealand, Singapore and now South Africa. He brings vast experience and commercial knowledge to the General Manager's position. So together with his energy and passion for racing, it's a perfect fit!
I know that everyone in the Waikato will be thrilled to hear this news - from our sponsors to our race goers, we are looking forward to exciting times ahead."
Ken Rutherford today said:
"I am incredibly proud and elated at my appointment as General Manager of the Waikato Racing Club. The Club is an integral part of the Waikato community and has established itself as a key component of the racing industry in New Zealand. I look forward to contributing to the growth and success of the Club going forward."
The retirement of present General Manager Tony Enting after 35 hears saw huge interest from candidates from within and outside the racing industry.
"We were overwhelmed at the level of interest, which included a large numbero f well-credentialed overseas applicants. That tells us a lot about the high regard in which the WRC is held as well as the oppourtunities that lie ahead of us," Mr Smith concluded.'Mr Rutherford will be returned to New Zealand from South Africa with his wife and two daughters, with his appointment effect from 1 August 2013, the new racing season.
Come to the party – Stay for the racing
When you come to Te Rapa Racecourse, you can experience more than just racing. From the competitive racing enthusiasts, to families looking for a great day out, we have a thrilling experience to offer everyone. As well as our finish line grandstand, the club has picnic tables and umbrellas which are available for everyone to use. You can make the races a super day out with our BYO food and refreshments policy. Don’t leave the kids behind either! There is plenty to keep the younger ones amused with the excitement of the races and hours of fun to be had on our adventure playground. On bigger race days we have a great array of children’s entertainment including bouncy castles and face painters; definitely enough to keep them amused all day. And the greatest thing about Te Rapa Racecourse – It’s FREE! Contact the Club now to find out more about how we can help you to enjoy a day at the races.
Admission is free on all days except for the following Waikato Race Day events:
Christmas at the Races, featuring the Waikato Times Gold Cup
Saturday 14th December 2013
$10 admission charge
Saturday 21st December 2013
$5 admission charge
Saturday, 8 February 2014
$10 admission charge
Under 18 years have free admission on all race dates.
Suites are available accommodating groups of 12, 16, 20, 30 and 60 – they provide a great base for an enjoyable group outing. Food and refreshments are provided for you in your personal glassed in, air conditioned suite which offers viewing directly down on to the racetrack.
Have you thought about having your birthday / wedding anniversary / any other celebration on course during a race day? You should! It’s a great fun party atmosphere with the added entertainment of racing and we can organise all especially for you.
BYO Alcohol Policy
While we are happy to offer BYO as an attractive advantage of a day at the races, we do apply the following restrictions per person over 18 years. Those of legal drinking age are entitled to bring in one of the following options:
One bottle of wine;
Six bottles of beer (stubbies);
No spirits, kegs or crates allowed.