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    • Russell Warwick Appointed Chairman of the NZTR Board Russell Warwick has been appointed by the NZTR Board as Chairman at today’s June Board meeting. Taking effect immediately, Warwick will replace current Chairman Cameron George following his announcement to step down at the end of the current racing season, 31 July. Russell Warwick brings a wealth of industry knowledge and administrative experience to the appointment. As the General Manager of Westbury Stud, Warwick’s ability to lead one of NZ’s elite breeding and racing programmes made him an excellent candidate for the NZTR Chair. “The industry has made excellent headway in recent times, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Warwick said. “I really enjoy being able to give back to the industry, and timing wise, I feel I can offer a constructive view as we look to inspire a new generation of stakeholders and encourage further growth within the business.” Warwick is quick to congratulate outgoing Chairman Cameron George on the improvements to racing during his tenure as Chairman. “Cameron George’s contribution to New Zealand Racing throughout his tenure is unmatched. He has driven growth and guided the industry into a period of change that has brought new life and excitement to the sport.” Under his leadership, George, who has served as Chair since 2020, has played a pivotal role in steering NZTR and the racing industry through various challenges and sizeable achievements over recent years.  “My journey at NZTR started with navigating a path forward for the business through COVID-19,” George said. “Over time, we have managed to rebuild the industry into the strong position it now holds, demonstrating the resilient team environment I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in over the last four years. “ “I’ve enjoyed all the challenges this role has presented me with and the changes that have be made. We have developed initiatives like the NZB Kiwi alongside NZB and Entain and I couldn’t be more excited to see that race come to life.” “With a proven track record in outstanding leadership, industry knowledge and relationships we have absolute confidence in Russell’s ability to continue with the momentum underway." Corporate Communications New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Contact: Catlyn Calder +64 27 252 2803 nztrcommunications@nztr.co.nz
    • Russell Warwick Appointed Chairman of the NZTR Board   Russell Warwick has been appointed by the NZTR Board as Chairman at today’s June Board meeting.   Taking effect immediately, Warwick will replace current Chairman Cameron George following his announcement to step down at the end of the current racing season, 31 July.   Russell Warwick brings a wealth of industry knowledge and administrative experience to the appointment. As the General Manager of Westbury Stud, Warwick’s ability to lead one of NZ’s elite breeding and racing programmes made him an excellent candidate for the NZTR Chair.   “The industry has made excellent headway in recent times, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Warwick said.   “I really enjoy being able to give back to the industry, and timing wise, I feel I can offer a constructive view as we look to inspire a new generation of stakeholders and encourage further growth within the business.”   Warwick is quick to congratulate outgoing Chairman Cameron George on the improvements to racing during his tenure as Chairman.   “Cameron George’s contribution to New Zealand Racing throughout his tenure is unmatched. He has driven growth and guided the industry into a period of change that has brought new life and excitement to the sport.”   Under his leadership, George, who has served as Chair since 2020, has played a pivotal role in steering NZTR and the racing industry through various challenges and sizeable achievements over recent years.    “My journey at NZTR started with navigating a path forward for the business through COVID-19,” George said.   “Over time, we have managed to rebuild the industry into the strong position it now holds, demonstrating the resilient team environment I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in over the last four years. “   “I’ve enjoyed all the challenges this role has presented me with and the changes that have be made. We have developed initiatives like the NZB Kiwi alongside NZB and Entain and I couldn’t be more excited to see that race come to life.”   “With a proven track record in outstanding leadership, industry knowledge and relationships we have absolute confidence in Russell’s ability to continue with the momentum underway."   Corporate Communications New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Contact: Catlyn Calder +64 27 252 2803 nztrcommunications@nztr.co.nz   FacebookLinkedInWebsite  
    • Queensland’s richest race, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, headlined the massive day of feature racing at Eagle Farm last Saturday, while Sandown and Rosehill held strong support cards during the winter months. In this week’s edition of The Follow Files, you will find three runners that are worth following after producing new career peaks in their respective races. You can add these horses to your blackbook with your chosen bookmakers so that you don’t miss out when they race again. Eagle Farm Track rating: Good 4 Rail position: +4.5m entire circuit Race 9: Group 2 Q22 (2200m) | Time: 2:14.41 Horse to follow: Fawkner Park (1st) Following his third-place finish in the Group 1 Doomben Cup two starts back, Annabel Neasham entered Fawkner Park in the Group 2 Q22 last Saturday, and the son of Zoffany recorded a dominant 3.87-length victory. The lightly raced five-year-old gelding was met with a lot of support once fields were released, and he fully saluted for his followers in the final race of the Eagle Farm meeting. Tyler Schiller rode this talented stayer perfectly to make sure he was in clear air before straightening for home, and once he let down, Fawkner Park blew his rivals away with a devastating turn of foot. When to bet: Post-race Neasham confirmed that the Group 1 Caulfield Cup looks to be an ideal race for Fawkner Park, and he would go out for a spell before being set for a massive spring campaign. Online bookmakers shortened the Q22 winner into a $17 equal favourite for the Caulfield Cup, and he looks to be a good bet for futures players. Sandown Track rating: Soft 6 Rail position: +5m entire circuit Race 1: 2YO Handicap (1000m) | Time: 0:58.01 Horse to follow: Clean Reef (2nd) Ben, Will & JD Hayes sent Clean Reef to Sandown last Saturday for his raceday debut and the two-year-old filly would have impressed her connections as she ran home nicely from the back of the field to finish in third place over 1000m. The daughter of Lope De Vega jumped awkwardly from the barriers and was still second last with 400m to go, but when Jye McNeil asked for the ultimate effort, she let down with a strong finish, recording the equal-fastest last 800m (44.40s) and 600m (33.92s) sections of the entire meeting. When to bet: With a solid debut run under her belt, it is expected that the Hayes team will step Clean Reef out over 1100m or 1200m second-up, and if she finds a similar race on a big track, she will get every chance to break her maiden early on in her career. Rosehill Track rating: Heavy 9 Rail position: +6m entire circuit Race 3: Class 3 Handicap (1400m) | Time: 1:27.39 Horse to follow: Know Thyself (1st) Know Thyself tasted defeat for the first time two starts back, and he entered last Saturday’s race at Rosehill as an odds-on favourite for the Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich stable, and he never looked to be in any trouble over the 1400m in heavy conditions. The son of The Autumn Sun settled in the box seat before running up the inside rail to run straight past the leaders and run away from them to record a massive 5.32-length victory. When to bet: It is expected that Messara & Gavranich will take this talented galloper through his grades during the winter months. Know Thyself has shown he can handle all conditions, so wherever he goes next, we will be backing him. Top horse racing sites for blackbook features Horse racing tips View the full article
    • Tuesday’s Group One Queen Anne Stakes (1,600m) kicks off five days of action-packed racingView the full article
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