From the club president . . .
MATAMATA Breeders’ Stakes day has long been a landmark event and once again it is shaping up as the annual highlight for Racing Matamata and the community on February 26.
Our big day is centred on the $100,000 J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, New Zealand’s highest rated race for twoyear-old fillies.
Last year, for the first time, we had an Australian-trained runner, Karaka Million winner Sister Havana. But even without any trans-Tasman influence next week we are still expecting a field of the best available fillies.
On top of the support the club gets from owners and trainers, we are also very grateful for the input from our sponsors, headed by J Swap Contractors, who have a long association with Racing Matamata.
One of this town’s other significant operations, Stanley Group, features as the sponsor of the Listed TRAC Stanley Group Stakes.
Waikato Stud is the sponsor of the other black-type race on the programme, the Waikato Stud Slipper.
All sponsors on the day, and for that matter every sponsor that supports our extensive racing programme throughout the year, are an essential element to our successful operation as a club.
The other way that the Matamata community supports the club is by its attendance at our race meetings.
Once again I welcome you all to come along for a day of high class racing action complemented by a very popular Fashion in the Field contest and other off-track entertainment.
John Moore, President Racing Matamata