Tremendous Te Rapa Winter Campaign - Thanks Track Team25 Oct 2019

Ahead of Monday’s Sarten Memorial Race Day (and what should be the start of Summer, come on Mother Nature) we wanted to take a look back at our winter season of racing. We want to take the time to publicly thank the MVP’s of Te Rapa, our Track Crew.

Te Rapa was the busiest of any track in the country with thirteen meetings held between 14th of April to October 5th. Our track performed remarkably over this time considering we recorded nearly 700ml of rainfall. Not only were there these race meetings but also four trial meetings were held as well as 369 2yo’s breezed up ahead of the November New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sales just this week. That equates to countless hours on the tractors and on the end of shovels tapping back in less than desirable weather.

The Winter stats speak for themselves, the support we had from NZ's leading trainers, jockeys, sponsors and owners alike doesn't go unnoticed. We were privileged to host some of NZ’s best horse flesh over Winter.

Shamal was our best performed horse over the winter months winning an impressive 3/3. The Ken Duncan trained jumper took out an open steeplechase as well as our two feature jumping events, the Ken and Roger Browne Memorial Steeplchase and then the Signature Homes Waikato Steeple Chase.

The US Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate saw Melody Belle finished unplaced behind stars Endless Drama and Te Akau Shark but what a great first up run as she went on to achieve history in being the first horse to win the Hawkes Bay Triple Crown & in doing so took out the title of most Group1’s ever won by a Kiwi Bred (9).

Te Akau Shark ran a sizzling sectional for the 1200m event, on a Slow 9 Track, form that has since stacked up at Group 1 Level in Australia.

The Chosen One commenced his campaign at the Trails and has since gone on to win the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield and heads to the Lexus Melbourne Cup next.

A horse that impressed at the trials was Travelling Light. She has since gone on to be undefeated over her two starts. She is targeting the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton and looks to be a great chance.

Here are a few statistics to take away;

1222 Horses raced across the 13 race meetings - that's LOTS of hoof prints to tap back!

Trainer with the most wins - Stephen Marsh 7

Jockey with the most wins - Sam Spratt 7

Horse with the most wins - Shamal - 3

Sires with the most wins - Per Incanto / Redwood - 5 a piece

We look forward to kicking off the Summer Season on Monday with seven great meetings coming up rounded out by Legends Day on Saturday 8th February. But in the meantime we say thanks again to our amazing track team lead by Bart Cowan.

Often the first to be criticised by punters and public, (everyone is an armchair expert) and the last to be thanked we want our team to know that the tireless hours that are put in to ensure a surface safe for horse and jockey is truly appreciated.