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New Zealand Pattern Committee (NZPC) Annual Review

The New Zealand Pattern Committee (NZPC) has undertaken its annual review of the Group and Listed races run in New Zealand in the 2014-15 season.

In accordance with the Rules of Racing the following decisions have been made:

1. The James & Annie Sarten Memorial S. (3YO, 1400m) at Te Rapa has been upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2 for the 2015-16 season.

2. The Manawatu Challenge S. (1400m) has been upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2 for the 2015-16 season.

3 The Westbury Classic (F&M, 1400m) at Ellerslie has been upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2 for the 2015-16 season.

4. The Anniversary H. (1600m) at Trentham has been upgraded from Listed to Group 3 for the 2015-16 season.

5. The South Island Thoroughbred Breeders' S. (F&M, 1600m) at Canterbury has been upgraded from Listed to Group 3 for the 2015-16 season.

6. The Oaks Prelude S. (3YOF, 1800m) at New Plymouth has been granted Listed black type status for the 2015-16 season.

7. The Hawke's Bay Gold Cup (2200m) has been downgraded from Group 3 to Listed for the 2015-16 season.

As a result of these changes there will again be 22 Group One races conducted in 2015-16, 25 Group Two races, 38 Group Three races and 63 Listed races. In total there will be 148 Group and Listed races scheduled, one more than the previous season. The NZPC will review the schedule of Prestige Jumping Races (PJRs) in October when the results for the 2015 jumping season are available.

The ANZ Race Classifications confirmed for the 2014-15 season were again the basis for the review undertaken by the NZPC. Consistent with the New Zealand Rules of Racing 506 (8) the NZPC continues to utilise its warning system as provided in the Rules, with a first warning likely to be issued where any race fails to attain the minimum race rating required. Such a failure in consecutive years is likely to attract a second warning. The NZPC continues to operate within parameters laid down by the Pattern Committee of the Asian Racing Federation.

The summary of warnings sees two second warnings maintained and two second warnings issued while five races have reverted to first warnings. There were four first warnings maintained, eight first warnings issued while fifteen races had their first warnings removed.

The Report is at: http://www.nzracing.co.nz/OnHorseFiles/Downloads/2015AnnualReport%20_2_.pdf

For further information contact:

Chas Amon, Chairman, NZPC: chasa@arion.co.nz or Matt Hall, Secretary, NZPC, c/o New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing:matthew.hall@nzracing.co.nz (+64) 4 5766249



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