INTEREST from Australians in relation to this year’s IRT Harness Jewels has been incredible.
With the connections of 31 horses having made contact with Harness Racing New Zealand regarding an invitation, it is fair to say the phones has been pretty busy.
The number of opportunities for age group horses makes trying to get them all in one place pretty difficult and HRNZ can’t stress enough how helpful the Australian owners and trainers have been.
It is an expensive exercise to bring a horse across the Tasman and making a decision to say “yes” to an invitation takes careful consideration.
The most Australian Jewels starters in any one year has been five, but that be changed in 2019.
While Shez All Rock was successful last year as the first Australian Jewels winner, no Australian-trained horse has won a Jewels race.
At this stage there has been interest in all races, although there is still a couple of feature which may not have an Aussie representation.
The invitations will be made over the next three weeks beginning Monday, April 29 and can be extended until the conclusion of racing at Oamaru on May 19.
Should an invitation be declined, HRNZ can issue a further invitation in that category until the close of business on May 19.
So watch this space!
- HRNZ Media