Sought af­ter prize for grabs again

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes -

Once again all roads will lead to Mata­mata race­course this Satur­day for the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes race meet­ing.

The Mata­mata Rac­ing Club’s an­nual pre­mier fix­ture is im­por­tant not only to the lo­cal rac­ing fra­ter­nity but to the whole com­mu­nity as the best in race­track ac­tion, fash­ion and en­ter­tain­ment is show­cased in what is recog­nised as an iconic day on the New Zealand rac­ing cal­en­dar.

The Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes race dates back to 1969 when a seed of an idea saw it grow quickly in sta­tus to be­come the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious con­test for twoyear-old fil­lies. With a Group Two rat­ing and a stake of $100,000, the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes is a sought af­ter prize for the best ju­ve­nile fil­lies from around the coun­try, as re­flected in a starstud­ded roll of hon­our.

Satur­day’s pro­gramme also fea­tures the $50,000 Reid & Har­ri­son Slip­per for two-year-old colts and geld­ings and the $50,000 Marks Ewen & As­so­ciates Kaimai Stakes, an im­por­tant lead-up to the Auck­land Cup and other au­tumn stay­ing fea­tures.

To­tal stakes on the day amount to $360,000, en­sur­ing high qual­ity fields across an ex­cit­ing nine-race card.

The role of spon­sors in en­sur­ing the suc­cess of Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes day – and in­deed all 13 race meet­ings staged an­nu­ally by the Mata­mata Rac­ing Club – can­not be over­stated.

While dif­fi­cult to sin­gle out one spon­sor ahead of all oth­ers, the con­tri­bu­tion by J Swap Con­trac­tors in their un­der-writ­ing of the club’s flag­ship race de­serves spe­cial ac­knowl­edg­ment.

Along with that an­nual com­mit­ment, this year is spe­cial as it marks the 100th birth­day of the ma­tri­arch of the Swap fam­ily, Mrs Sadie Swap.

A re­mark­able woman, Sadie sets an ex­am­ple for us all and we will take great plea­sure in host­ing Sadie and fam­ily on the spe­cial day.

Breed­ers’ Stakes day isn’t only about rac­ing, with the an­nual Tus­cany Road Fash­ion in the Field, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, and an ex­cel­lent range of race­day pack­ages, mak­ing for an oc­ca­sion not to be missed.

I there­fore in­vite you to come along this Satur­day and en­joy all that J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes day has to of­fer.

Iconic: The J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes draws crowds of thou­sands as one of the pre­miere events in New Zealand rac­ing.

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