Where else can I go Jump racing around the world? Part IV New Zealand

New Zealand, a country better known among sports fans for its rugby and cricket, has a thriving racing sector too. The “land of the long white cloud” – a translation of the Maori title for Aotearoa, reflects the country’s temperate climate, where the greenery is very conducive to breeding top-flight race and sport horses. Jump racing is growing in popularity in New Zealand, a country that more than rivals Ireland for density of racecourses per head pf population. These wonderful Pacific islands host no less than 52 racecourses for its 4.8m inhabitants, Ireland a mere 26! There are around 100 National Hunt races each season, which runs from May to the end of September at 15 of these courses,

What dangers lurk for Point-to-Point racing when normal service is resumed?

Sports administrators from football to tennis, racing to cricket, are all exercising their intellects to bring their sports back into circulation when the government permits. In horseracing, the return of Jump racing is taking a back seat to the late-emerging Flat season, where a flurry of April Classic trials have disappeared, and a generation of aspirant Classic contenders is missing out on opportunities to win valuable black type. Yet scant regard has been made as yet to the bedrock that fuels the National Hunt machine in Ireland or in the UK, where riders, trainers and horses of the future learn their trade in the nursery that is represented by the 150+ fixtures of the UK Point-to-Point

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