2021/22 racing calendar confirmed

30 April 2021

The Racing Calendar for 2021/22 racing season has been released and confirms 1,027 race meetings, with 293 thoroughbred meetings, 253 harness meetings and 481 greyhound meetings. The number of races being run over the year is scheduled to be 10,698. This is 7 more meetings then the current 2020/21 season.

The calendar can be viewed here

Producing the Calendar
The Final Calendar is the outcome of the consideration of club submissions by the codes, discussions between the codes and TAB NZ, and TAB NZ’s final consideration and approval. A collaborative effort between the three codes and TAB NZ has enabled the release of the Calendar in this final form and we're confident it provides the best possible outcome for the industry and punters. 

Some highlights
There are 52 venues planned to be used for racing in the 2021/2022 Calendar. This is in addition to the new Riccarton Park synthetic track which is scheduled for completion later this year and the Cambridge synthetic track which is due to hold its first meeting shortly. A total of 12 licences are scheduled to be run on the Cambridge track, and seven meetings on the Riccarton Park surface. 

The final calendar reflects the outcome of the Otago Southland Regional Racing Review and does not feature meetings at Forbury Park, Dunedin, with Forbury Park Trotting Club holding licenses at other venues in the South Island.

NZTR is awaiting confirmation from the Auckland RC that they will be closing their track for reconstruction following the Auckland Cup meeting in March 2022. If this does occur, there will be a further five licences in the 2021/2022 season that will need to be reallocated to other venues, as well a full year of licences in the following season. Further information on this will be circulated once these plans are confirmed.

There have been no further changes proposed to the number of venues that the codes intend to race at for the 2021/2022 season from those published in the Draft Calendar. 

Both the betting licences and betting licence conditions will be supplied over the coming months.