The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has confirmed the 2018-19 racing calendar.
It has been approved by the NZRB Dates Committee following extensive consultation with codes, clubs and other organisations.
A total of 1031 race meetings will be hosted with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) removing eight race meetings across the country to improve the quality of fields.
The 2018-19 racing calendar also accommodates the closure of Ellerslie for a track upgrade. This is due to reopen in October and sees a change in venue and date for the Pakuranga Hunt meeting, the Auckland Racing Club Great Northern meeting and the Auckland Racing Club Premier meeting.
NZRB estimates this calendar will deliver increased financial benefits to the industry, similar to the additional $3 million forecast for the current season.