Keeping you informed of the Happenings at the Manukau Stadium
1 September 2017
Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup Prelude
The Club has been invited to stage a Prelude for Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup
The New Zealand Cup Prelude will be staged on Sunday 22nd October 2017. The first two dogs home will gain automatic entry into a New Zealand Cup Semi Final at Christchurch. This is of course saves the first and second dogs in this event the extra trip to Addington , which is a real bonus.
Your Board are just waiting for a prolonged break in the weather to get Fulton Hogan in to ensure the cambering is kept correct on our track. We require at least five days of fine weather to ensure the track is prepared to standards for racing/trialling. This will mean an alteration to trial days in the week we do the job. We will of course keep you fully advised.
25th August 2017
The Board are pleased to confirm the Club’s good relationship with the Sandown Park Club, hosts of the Melbourne Cup.
Again, this year’s winner of the time honoured Waterloo Cup will be given automatic entry into the Semi Finals of the world’s richest Greyhound Race. We are hopeful that connections of the winner will seriously consider this incredible opportunity.
Gosh, how time just flies by our sister Club, Waikato, are celebrating 20years of racing at the Cambridge Raceway next week. We wish them all the best with their big day on Thursday and trust it is a grand days racing.
Back at Manukau, we have been concentrating on minor inside maintenance works, waiting for a break in the weather to attack some outside projects.
Well the Amazing Chase has been run and the way the match races eventuated and the extreme closeness of the three quickest times was virtually script written.
What a tremendous effort by Shantui. We congratulate the members of the Pave The Way Syndicate and Jean & ave Fahey. The Fahey’s very seldom travel a dog to Manukau without reaping the rewards.
The AGRC Board are strongly of the opinion that these Group One racing days , need strong under cards and are very keen to see GRNZ to continue their support to enable this to happen.
The concept generated a huge amount of interest and goes to prove we as an industry must keep finding different ways of doing things to keep our product in the fore front of the punters mind.
We were lucky with the weather, and all in all, the day could be considered a very good success. Initial indications are that $7,200 will be donated by the greyhound fraternity to KidsCan as part of this promotion. Thank you and should all be proud of your contribution to this charity. It is a charity that certainly applies their funds and supports our local community.
Preview Sunday 6 August
We start the new season with a 12 race card, of very even fields and highlighted by the Plasterboard Stakes, an excellent 527metre event.
$10,000 Guaranteed Quaddies
During the months of August and September, our beeting options will be highlighted by a$10k guaranteed Quaddie, commencing on race 9. These are very popular and in the past have well exceeded the guaranteed amount, so it gives the greyhound punter a chance to chase a bigger pool.
We hope to catch as many of you as possible for Sunday's racing, and if there are any comments re last Sunday's Amazing Chase event, please approach one of your Board members with them.
Friday 27 July
Sincere Thanks Lisa
On Sunday we farewell Lisa Craik, our Office Manager, ending seven years of devoted and efficient service to the Club
Lisa has been an outstanding asset to the AGRC, with her depth of knowledge of the Greyhound Industry, her general all round skill in administration and her ability to handle the MYOB system being particular strengths.
We will always remember the tremendous assistance she showed to Robert Death, General Manager, and indeed to the AGRC, during Robert's illness. This did not go unnoticed and I know Robert and all the Board will always be hugely grateful to Lisa for her devotion to the club at this time
The systems and procedures are in place to maintain the efficient running of our office will remain in place. Lisa has had time to pass on as much knowledge as she can to Lisa McQuillan our new Office Manager.
We wish Lisa nothing but the very best of luck as she returns to the family business and know she will not be lost to the industry. She leaves on the very best of terms from the AGRC and we are fully understanding of her need to support her family.
We are all set for the inaugural Amazing Chase
The AGRC would like to acknowledge Greyhound Racing New Zealand for their foresight in promoting the Amazing Chase concept and the tremendous initiative of involving KidsCan as the nominated chosen Charity to support. I can think of no better cause. The AGRC is delighted to be the first Club to run the Amazing Chase
Craig Rendle along with Elizabeth Whelan have worked relentlessly on the project and we thank Craig and Liz for their efforts.
The greyhound fraternity thank Formpro for their generous sponsorship of the Amazing Chase. Neil Davis and his team of form analysts generate a wealth of data on each greyhound race in New Zealand that code should evaluate to utilise further for the advancement of the code by driving the all-important totalisator turnover.
It is particularly gratifying to have Mick Floyd from the Sandown Park Greyhound Club with us to witness the event. The concept was started by the Sandown Park Club and our event is closely modelled on their event.
Amazing Chase Support Card
The AGRC also acknowledge the support of Greyhound Racing New Zealand for injecting an additional $5,000 to allowing us to frame five additional feature races today that has generated this quality day of racing.
As we all know the AGRC has a strong relationship with Sandown Park. The winner of the Group 1 Waterloo Cup, to be staged on the 1st October, having automatic entry to the semi-final of the greatest of all greyhound races, the Melbourne Cup. We thank the Board of the Sandown GRC for continuing this association for the 2017-2018 season. This season with Thrilling Boris we believed that we had a dog capable of competing in the Melbourne Cup only to have our dream halted by injury. No doubt this year’s Waterloo Cup winner will renew our dream of a ‘Kiwi’ winner of the Melbourne Cup.
$25,000 Terminating Pick6
Secondly we acknowledge the support of the NZRB in providing a $25,000k Terminating Pick6 and a $5,000 Bonus First Four on the Amazing Chase to profile the day. I make no apology in requesting that the NZRB look to provide the Greyhound Code and the Club with a monthly Terminating Pick6 in the new season. It would not only reward the regular greyhound punter but would put the spotlight on greyhound racing to attract new punters.
Preview Sunday 23rd July
Gosh, the July month has produced some foul weather and we are being hammered again. We have been lucky that there has been a small break to allow trials during the week and great credit to Cambridge to get through Thursday nights adverse conditions. Last Sunday was OK weather wise and handlers certainly appreciated not been freezing cold and soaked.Lets hope for the weather to ease for Sunday afternoon.
Our feature races this week are the AGRC Board Cup and AGRC Board Sprint. These two end of season Club Features are confined to dogs trained within the Northern Region. The races are sponsored by the Board Members in leiu of taking remuneration for administering the Club. By placing the eligibility clause on the races the Board members are endeavouring to see their sponsorship going to Club Members. Both races have drawn very strong fields and feature this season’s track stars.
Formpro Amazing Chase
The Amazing Chase is almost upon us and we have seven of the nominated dogs entered for solo trials on Sunday. Whilst a further five dogs have a racing commitment on the day.
As we know the meeting is supporting KidzCan and the AGRC are doing all we can to support GRNZ in this most worthwhile endeavour.
$25k Terminating Pick6
It's just as well for greyhound racing at this time of the year, as there was no galloping meeting on Wednesday and no night harness on Thursday .The Greyhound code picked up both Pick6 pools and no doubt our punters relished that opportunity. Our Sunday pool last week exceeded $25k , which was just great. We have two Sunday's left with the guaranteed $25k and it is our aim to exceed the guarantee on all of them.
GRNZ Supports KidsCan
GRNZ have announced their support of New Zealand children’s charity KidsCan today at their premier 30 July event, the Formpro Amazing Chase.
GRNZ will provide a one-off donation of $3,000 to KidsCan in addition to collecting donations from various auctions and raffles to be won on the event day. The $3,000 was raised through trainers making a $100 donation when nominating their dogs to take part in the Amazing Chase.
GRNZ recognises that KidsCan is supporting disadvantaged Kiwi kids on a substantial scale, bringing equal opportunities to the 295,000 children in New Zealand that go without the basics. Supporting KidsCan will help hundreds of children living below the poverty line gain access to food at school and the essentials required for learning.
GRNZ Chairman Craig Rendle welcomed the involvement with KidsCan as the charity associated with the Amazing Chase. He expressed hope that this would be the beginning of a strong ongoing relationship. "This is a real chance for our industry participants to give back to the community in a meaningful way," said Rendle.
KidsCan are equally excited about working with GRNZ as it will increase their ability to reach Kiwi kids in need.“The generous support provided by Greyhound Racing New Zealand comes at a time when we have 4,002 children across 51 schools waiting for our support, our highest in 5 years.”
“Thanks to GRNZ we will be able to provide a number of these children living in hardship with food, adequate clothing and healthcare items this winter,” says KidsCan CEO and Co-founder Julie Chapman.
Opportunities to support KidsCan through GRNZ will be available through auctions open to the public at the event and online through specific Trade Me auctions. Prizes will include a Panasonic Lumix camera among others. The online auctions will be open from Friday 20 July.
The Formpro Amazing Chase will take place on Sunday 30 July at the Manukau SportsBowl.
It is free entry to come along and enjoy the racing action, entertainment and show your support for KidsCan. It’s a family friendly day so bring along your children and enjoy a free kids activity booklet and face painting. The first race is scheduled for 1pm
7th July 2017
Resignation Lisa Craik
It is with considerable regret that the Club advises that they are losing the services of Lisa Craik, our highly valued Office Manager.
Lisa will be leaving us at the end of July to assist with the family business. Her departure is on the best of mutual terms and Lisa is very willing to assist the Club in situations when we require additional help.
We wish Lisa all the very best in the future. The Board will be officially recognising Lisa’s contribution to the Club at the race meeting on the 30th July.
There will be a slight change in how we manage the administration in the office, and we are currently advertising part time position (25 hours per week) on the Seek website. Race days will be managed within existing resources
Safety Fence Extension
Even though the weather has not played its part, the extension of the safety rail at the pull up area was completed during the week.
Hayley Mullane has been instrumental in setting up a Refreshment Point for LPs in the Hospitality Room, located downstairs in the Administration Room. Come along and enjoy a tea, coffee or milo.