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Wanganui’s Hatrick Raceway gets refurbished

7 June 2005

Wanganui’s Hatrick Raceway gets refurbished

Wanganui greyhound racing club have secured a grant to help with over $80,000 of refurbishments at Hatrick Raceway in Wanganui. The refurbishment is an attempt to help stage more large events in Wanganui, including NZ Breeders in future years, which will bring more people from throughout New Zealand into Wanganui.

The grant from The Trusts Charitable Foundation will help get the refurbishments completed which will significantly improve the facilities for future events - not only greyhound focused. Local rugby groups and other local clubs have previously used the facilities for their club events. The refurbishments include: new furniture - stools, ottomans, tables, bar leaners, additional lighting, new floor coverings, blinds and new artwork.

Greyhound Racing New Zealand chief executive Lance Bickford said that the refurbishments will see Wanganui hosting more of the industry’s top events.

“Next week will be one of the first large events that we have held at Wanganui. Over 300 people will be attending the NZ Breeders Stakes next Friday evening, and these types of events will hopefully become more frequent now that there are good facilities at the raceway,” he said.

The NZ Breeders event was established by Greyhound Racing New Zealand in 1983 to recognise and reward the success of NZ bred dogs and encourage more trainers and owners to invest in breeding and training in New Zealand. Next weeks event will see eight top trainers from around the country, who have whelped, raised and trained their racing greyhounds in New Zealand, compete for the top prize of $41,500.

The NZ Breeders Stakes will be held at Hatrick Raceway, Sargeant Street, Wanganui, on Friday 17 June 2005 starting at 5:30pm.


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