LEGENDS OF THE INDUSTRY UNDERPIN LEGENDS DAY16 Jan 2020

Legends Day 2020, sees the prominent raceday turn into a family affair with the three key races sponsored by ardent supporters of the Waikato Racing Club.

The Dyke family have long been associated with New Zealand Richest Weight For Age, the $400,000 Herbie Dyke Sprint. Herbie was a past president and his influence on the Club has left a lasting legacy.

Joining the Dyke Family on February 8th is Joan Egan, who’s boutique nursery Legacy Lodge will take the naming rights to the Group 2 Waikato Guineas and the Ellis family. Joan Egan has been associated with the Legacy Lodge Sprint held in November since 2013 and has proudly extended her sponsorship portfolio to include the Group 2 Waikato Guineas from 2020.

David and Karyn Ellis have also increased their already significant support of the Club to take on the sponsorship of the Group 2 Fillies Classic as their own legacy race.

When the prestigious race came up they jumped at the opportunity to support a Club that they have both given so much too. David being a member for over 30 years, a past Board Member and Chairman. Karyn currently holds the Chairmans position. Between the pair they have given nearly 35 years of administration service to the Waikato Racing Club.

Karyn commented "it gives us both extraordinary pleasure to become the long-term sponsors of this iconic fillies' race. The Waikato Racing Club is a pivotal part of the vibrant Waikato racing scene and has a bright future ahead. This Group 2 fillies' race has always attracted Group 1 class fields and we are proud to be associated with it. It is a key player in the NZB Filly of the Year Series, such as racing and the Club itself have been a key part of both our lives. It was our strong wish to continue to support the Club long after our time on the Board has concluded.

Always one to recognise the team that goes in to preparing these horses at the highest level, David and Karyn will gift the winning strapper $500 in lieu of a dress rug.

Their support does not end there, their powerhouse stable also plans to line up racing sensation Te Akau Shark on Legends Day. With interest also coming from Australia with LuvaLuva's connections looking to make the trip across the Tasman, Legends Day is shaping up to once again be a very significant raceday on the NZ racing calendar.

The Waikato Racing Club are thrilled to have such stalwarts of the industry supporting the Waikato Racing Club on our most prestigious day. They are so invested in the club, loyal and passionate - true Legends.

Legends Day - Saturday 8th February
Free entry, with hospitality options available.
Raceday features

Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes
Group 1 BCD Group Sprint
Group 2 Legacy Lodge Waikato Guineas
Group 2 David and Karyn Ellis Fillies Classis