When heavy rain drenched the entire country it was determined
that the Te Aroha track would not recover in time for the meeting for by the
weekend, forcing the transfer of Te Aroha'sprestigious
Group One meeting to Te Rapa on Saturday.
Saturday's meeting was headlined with the last Group
One race of the season, the $200,000 New Zealand Breeders Stakes, and the
Waikato Racing Club's track staff produced a near perfect track for the
During the week, Waikato Racing club's general manager, Ken Rutherford had hoped that the Te Rapa
surface could get back to a Slow 7 or 8, given the "incredible"
amount of rain that has fallen across the North Island.
The Te Rapa track was hit with 110mm of
rain in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday morning's heavy
10 penetrometer reading. More rain fell Wednesday
overnight through into Thursday morning.
With midweek meetings cancelled at Waipa and
Awapuni, very few would have predicted that the track would get to a Dead5
Fine weather from Thursday afternoon
through to Saturday greatly helped but through hard work by the track
staff, the celebrated Te Aroha meeting went ahead with brilliant track
Often working against mother-nature, track
management is a thankless job and easily criticized within the industry if
things aren't perfect yet isn't applauded enough when deserved.
Te Rapa track staff include course-manager Neil
Treweek, Stuart Cobb, Keith Melville and Damon Anaki.
Cambridge trainers Andrew Forsman and Stephen Marsh chat about their stable representatives for the Te Aroha meeting at Te Rapa this weekend. The two trainers each have two runners in the Group One $200,000 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes.