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NZ Horse Racing Backing Daffodil Racedays for Cancer Society

NZ Horse Racing Backing Daffodil Racedays for Cancer Society

The New Zealand horse racing industry is getting behind Daffodil Racedays to support the Cancer Society of New Zealand and help raise money for this great cause.

Now in it’s fourth year, the initiative is proudly supported by the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB), and this year Daffodil Racedays goes ‘cross-code’ - with two of New Zealand’s major Harness racing venues, Alexandra Park and Addington, coming on board and joining five Thoroughbred venues in hosting Daffodil Raceday events.

“We’ve excited to be partnering up with the Cancer Society to support the valuable work their volunteers do across New Zealand every day. We’re immensely proud of how the racing industry pulls together for this initiative, and opening it up to the Harness racing community will help raise more funding while also boosting awareness for this important cause,” says NZRB CEO John Allen.

Daffodil Racedays is an initiative of NZRB in partnership with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) and Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) to raise awareness of and celebrate the work of the Cancer Society.

This year, NZRB and racing clubs will host celebration events across New Zealand - to publicly thank the volunteers for all of their commitment and hard work.

Daffodil Racedays 2017 launches on Saturday 2nd September with the Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday - the first at Hastings Racecourse to go Smokefree for the day.

Cancer Society of New Zealand CEO Mike Kernaghan says it’s great to have the support of the New Zealand horse racing industry to help those with cancer.

“If you asked me five years ago if racing clubs would be going smokefree, and supporting the Cancer Society, I would never have believed it, but New Zealand is changing for the better and this support and partnership is a fantastic initiative.

NZRB will also make a donation to the Cancer Society, and supporting clubs, NZTR, HRNZ, Westbury Stud, as well as numerous trainers, drivers, jockeys and owners have thrown their weight behind contributing to this incredible cause.

“We look forward to rolling out this campaign with the help of the codes and clubs and we hope the wider industry will use this as an opportunity to illustrate the generosity of our people and the contribution racing makes to New Zealand communities,” says Mr Allen.

Clubs hosting Daffodil Racedays throughout September and October -
Saturday 2 September Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday - Hastings Racecourse
Friday 8 September ITM Daffodil Race Night - Addington Raceway
Friday 15 September South Otago Cup Daffodil Raceday, Wingatui Racecourse
Daffodil Race Night featuring Fashion in the Park, Alexandra Park
Saturday 23 September New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes Daffodil Raceday, Riccarton
Friday 20 October Tauranga Daffodil Raceday, Tauranga Racecourse
Saturday 28 October Grant Plumbing Daffodil Raceday, Trentham

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