Group One meeting to Hawke’s Bay

The Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic meeting on February 24 has been moved from Otaki to Hastings.

The decision to transfer the fixture was made by the Otaki-Maori Racing Club, in conjunction with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, following concerns over the state of the track.

“There were a combination of reasons for the decision to transfer,” Otaki-Maori Racing Club general manager Ben Jamison said. “The weather has not been on our side, with floods through the winter, which aggravated a drainage problem in the back straight, followed by a semi-drought. 

“This led to problems with the grass growth and there was also less time than usual between the two harness meetings and the Haunui Classic meeting.”


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