Jump to content
The Race Place

Wellington Carnival


Hesi
 Share

Recommended Posts

Does anyone know how the dates have been arrived at?

2019 12, 19 Jan

2020 11, 18 Jan

2021 16, 30 Jan, a 14 day interval

Also Wellington Anniversary weekend, only has a minor meeting on the Sat, no features other than the Summer Cup, no meeting on the Mon

Link to comment
Share on other sites

33 minutes ago, Hesi said:

Does anyone know how the dates have been arrived at?

2019 12, 19 Jan

2020 11, 18 Jan

2021 16, 30 Jan, a 14 day interval

Also Wellington Anniversary weekend, only has a minor meeting on the Sat, no features other than the Summer Cup, no meeting on the Mon

my understanding is that its three consecutive Saturdays - 16,23 and 30 Jan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hard to follow, musical races?

Last year the Desert Gold, Wellington Cup, Telegraph, Thorndon, Douro Cup were all on the same day

Douro Cup seems to have disappeared

Wakefield Challenge Stakes has been moved from Dec 5 to Jan 16

A good post from one of the better posters on RC

We're Doomed

Posted Wednesday at 09:24 PM

 

If you go back to traditional dates, Auckland used to hold the Derby on Boxing day, the Auckland Cup on New Year's day and then the Rich Hill mile a day or two later. Mid Jan they held a very low key meeting with $10,000 races, they used to muck around with a low key meeting on Anniversary Day, then the Air NZ Stakes a few weeks later, and the Easter Handicap at Easter. Marton used to hold a decent enough lead up to the Wgtn Cup meeting mid January and then Wgtn used to race Saturday, Monday (Anniversary Day) and Saturday (Cup Day).

Now Auckland have retained their Boxing Day and New Years Day meetings without their traditional features. They have added a brand new meeting mid January clashing with Wgtn, with two races that aren't even group races, but still receive $600,000 of industry funding. Wgtn has had to shuffle their meetings and races around to their detriment. The Group 2 Wakefield has had to be moved (attracting a terrible field and in danger of losing its status) and replaced with a listed race, which has attracted a better field than Auckland's $1m race.

Auckland then hold a brand new week of racing in March with the Derby and Auckland Cup, and  a few weeks later try to hold the Easter Handicap as far away from Easter as possible.

So, some may suggest that Auckland has no control over programming, but whoever the mystery person is who has initiated all of these changes they are certainly having a significant impact on the whole pattern of racing in NZ.  I'm surprised the Aussies haven't poached them and moved Melbourne Cup Week to January.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just looking back over the last 15 years, jesus, they muck around with the scheduling of the feature races.

You would think it would be set in stone, that traditionally the Wellington Cup and Telegraph are run on the same big day of the carnival.  But it is all over the place, too complicated to post and not get a headache.  Have they never learn't anything from the Ellerslie experience

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...