As part of its announcement, ATR has also confirmed it will be contributing $1,421,000 of its own monies into stakes for the season, bringing the total stakes on offer for the Club’s season at Pukekohe Park to $9,570,000.
ATR chief executive Paul Wilcox says that early success with the Club’s new business model has been key to this outcome in commenting that “following last year’s merger and stakes announcement we alluded to the fact that as we continued to implement our new business model, we hoped to be able to announce further stake increases in the future.
“I am thus delighted to say the work done over the past year in terms of beginning to bring that model to life – particularly with regards to gains made with our property portfolio – has already started to pay off, and that despite challenges posed by the pandemic, we’re still here today announcing what are sustainable, increased returns to our industry.”
While on paper ATR’s contribution to stakes is less than that which it contributed last season and not yet at the levels the Club hopes to achieve, Wilcox says the contribution is nevertheless substantial.
“Considering we are holding fewer race meetings this season – including less feature meetings such as Derby Day and the New Year’s Day Races; this season’s stakes contribution is still significant, particularly as stake money for all races on an ATR industry day will be $20,000 – $6,000 above the industry minimum of $14,000,” he says.
While the Club’s $1.421m contribution will see each of ATR’s black type races be lifted above NZTR’s minimums, Wilcox adds that the $20,000 minimums are just as important to the Club.
“Whenever you hear about sustainability, you often hear about the ‘wider ecosystem’ – something that is important to us as a club when putting that into the context of stakeholders. As part of the merger, we made a commitment to increase returns to the industry and by that we did not just mean those at the top of the game.
“We recently announced plans to develop additional stabling facilities at Pukekohe Park to accommodate an increased training population in our region and hopefully help those who may not have access to their own land. Announcements such as that, coupled with today’s regarding the $20,000 minimums, is testament to our commitment to reward all those who choose to race with ATR.”
ATR plans to conduct 14 race meetings over the 2022/23 season with the Club’s stakes increases set to be distributed via:
Non black type races at ATR’s iconic, premier, feature and industry days:
The entirety of the season for industry days
1 November 2022 – 11 March 2023 for those other days listed
ATR’s black type races.
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