Ōtaki Racecourse Safe - For Now

September 2, 2018

Local councillor for Ōtaki James Cootes says sparing the Ōtaki Racecourse is good news.

 

Following a report recommending the rationalisation of racecourses around the country, the Ōtaki course is not in line for the chop.

 

Speaking on Beach FM, Cr Cootes says the Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club course has potential, and while not a betting man himself, sees value in retaining the course as an asset for the community.

 

Mr Cootes believes the Ōtaki racecourse has yet to reach its capacity in terms of what it can deliver as a course, and for the community.

 

However, Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club past-president Stephen Moffatt told Stuff that despite being on the safe list, the celebration might be premature.

 

Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club, Tauherenikau, Awapuni, Hastings and Trentham racecourses would all be retained in the wake of a government- commisiones report into the racing industry, with plans to improve their infrastructure in the coming years.

 

But the report cast a dark shadow over the future of Manawatū's Woodville-Pahiatua Racing Club, which was among the facilities slated for closure.

 

Mr Moffat says on the surface, what came out of the report looked good, but once you delve into it it's not that simple.

 

He adds that it appeared at least some of the clubs tipped to remain open may be forced to sell to the Government.

 

 

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