Riverton Cup Day at Ascot Park Raceway

DT King’s Transport Riverton Cup winner U May Cullect and driver Kirstin Barclay return to the birdcage after last year’s race. Photo: Bruce Stewart

THE Riverton Trotting Club comes to town this Saturday for the 32nd running of the $15,000 DT King’s Transport Ltd Riverton Cup at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill.

The Cup, won last year by star pacer U May Cullect, features a stake of $20,000 and will be run over 2700m. Other features include Heat Three of the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes for a stake of $15,000, the $12,000 Neville Cleaver Fishing Aparima Trot and the
$10,000 WR Keast Memorial Trot.

The club is running an online auction on Trade Me for a full set of New Zealand Trotting Annuals from the first edition in 1972 to the final edition in 1998, a total of twenty-four annuals as the annual wasn’t produced from 1995-97.

The auction also includes a copy of the History of The New Zealand Cup 1904-2003, personally autographed by author Bernie Wood.

These books have been donated by Art Bloxham with the proceeds to go to the Team Teal Campaign run by Harness Racing New Zealand from February 1 to March 15 to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Details of the auction can be found at www.trademe.co.nz/books/rare-collectable/other/1950-today/auction-3457478032.htm

The auction closes at 5pm on Saturday, February 12.

The race meeting will take place in accordance within the rules and guidelines set out in the Covid-19 Protection Framework (Red Traffic Light setting).

Industry participants and essential workers with a reason to attend the event plus owners, ticketed guests, sponsors and members who can be housed in separate bubbles of less than 100 people can attend while public attending the event must stay in areas on course which will be advertised on the day.

Social distancing and mask wearing while moving around the course is a must.

Anyone attending must produce their vaccine passport at the gate, which will be manned all day.

– Lindsay Beer is the Southern Harness Racing promotions officer