New Zealand Shuts Down Seven Of Its 48 Tracks Due To Industry’s Financial Problems

by | 04.12.2019 | 1:10pm
New Zealand will shutter seven of its Thoroughbred racing venues for good, including one track that's been racing for more than a century.

Three tracks on the North Island and four on the South Island will shut their doors due to the financial instability of the country's racing industry.

“We've realized that there are 48 race tracks in New Zealand and we haven't got the financial resources to put in and maintain 48 venues for customer facilities, for race track facilities,” said New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Bernard Saundry.

The tracks that are closing: Dargaville, Stratford and Thames on the North Island and on the South Island, Hokitika, the track with more than a century of history, plus Winton, Wyndham and Waimate.

“We're absolutely shattered, we cannot believe the stupidity and the lack of consideration for what West Coast racing is all about,” Westland Racing Club President Gray Eatwell told Newshub.

Racing consultant John Messara has proposed shutting down 27 New Zealand tracks in total.

Read more at Newshub.

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