Since its inaugural running in 1948 when taken out by Perpetua over 1.5 miles, many a champion filly has had its named etched into the history books of the New Zealand Oaks.
Bonnie Frost, Armalight, Hilarious Guest, Elect To Live, Under Cover Lover, Mainland Banner, Carabella & Adore Me to name but a few.
In 2018, a new name will be etched into the record books, not only as the winner of the great race, but also as the co-sponsor.
“The Breeders welcome FastTrack Insurance with the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club as our partners to co-sponsor The Breeders FastTrack New Zealand Oaks,” said John Mooney, chairman of the NZSBA.
“The FastTrack concept, developed by David Archer, brings tangible benefits to racing throughout this country as seen in their sponsorship contributions.
“We are particularly pleased with FastTrack’s sponsorship of The Breeders organization which has been in place since the start of this racings season. We have developed a close and effective working relationship and long may it continue,” said Mooney.
FastTrack Insurance have been giving back to the New Zealand Racing industry since 2016 and principal David Archer has been a keen participant racing pacers such as Mighty Flying Mac with Cran Dalgety, The Tin Soldier with Barry Purdon and Hawera with Mark Purdon.
“The FastTrack concept brings tangible benefits to racing throughout this country” says FastTrack Insurance Chief Executive David Archer.
“If you sign up with FastTrack Insurance, an agreed portion of your premium goes directly to your local Racing Club - or the national prize money pool, it is as simple as that”.
“We have had terrific support from Harness people over the last 12 months, it really has been wonderful,” said Archer.
“Clubs all over the country have gotten in behind us, as too have its horsemen like Dexter Dunn and Ricky May, administrators such as HRNZ Chairman, Ken Spicer, as well as the general racing public,” he said.
We are here to stay and I think the racing public understands that,” said Archer.
After 25 years of sponsorship from Nevele R Stud and the trust of Wayne Francis, the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders and New Zealand Standardbred Breeders have worked with the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club since 2012 to sponsor the Oaks and thus ensure the stake money of $150,000 is among the highest on offer for fillies in Australasia.
“We are thrilled to welcome FastTrack Insurance to co-sponsor the NZ Oaks with The Breeders” says Addington’s Chief Executive Peter Jensen.
“This prestigious race is the ultimate fillies race that all breeders aspire to win. With nominations now open, the countdown is on to find New Zealand’s 3YO pacing filly for season 2017-18. We are looking forward to Friday 18 May with much anticipation, to see who will win The Breeders FastTrack New Zealand Oaks.”
When 2016/17 Breeder of the Year Brian West was asked upon accepting his award what his lifelong goal in breeding was, it wasn’t the New Zealand Cup that he mentioned.
His answer was that his greatest desire as a breeder was to win an Oaks.
It is after all, the echelon for our fillies and future broodmares of the New Zealand Studbook.
The Breeders FastTrack New Zealand Oaks - $150,000 – Group 1 on 18 May 2018