I never thought I would say this, but Ashburton is the place to be this long weekend. It has an excellent card of gallops racing on Saturday and the harness racing on Monday looks just as good.
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From a $A14 million sprint to a 3000m grass-track cup, there is everything a racing fan could possibly want on offer this weekend.
Another week into spring and there's more great racing in store, though, from a southern perspective, it will be impossible to top last weekend with Patrick Erin winning the Metropolitan.
Racing has got a little sidetracked recently.
Without fanfare, crowds or microphones, Racing Minister Winston Peters announced last week public submissions would be sought on the Messara review.
People in racing are simply incredible. Some would say a different breed, others that they are simply one of a kind.
This week New Zealand harness racing faced its darkest hour.
It was hard not to be impressed with Racing Minister Winston Peters' address to the industry in Invercargill on Wednesday night.
Southerners, get ready to have your say.
If you ever wanted evidence that the South Island gets raw deals from the racing calendar, just turn back to Wednesday.
As you will all be well aware, this column is New Zealand's No1 place for racing's biggest issues to be debated, pondered and trawled through.
It seems everything in racing right now has a link to the Messara report. Almost no decision can be made without it being mentioned in some form.
Hopes of John Messara waving a magic wand over the racing industry were doomed this week.
Racing writer Jonny Turner talks big picture ideas for the racing industry.
Racing writer Jonny Turner has a look at what the Budget means for racing in New Zealand.
Racing writer Jonny Turner looks at the Messara review.
Two things stood out for me from the week in racing.
To move or not to move the Harness Jewels, that is the question.
The big boys came to town on Tuesday night. I speak of the racing board boss, John Allen, harness racing chief Edward Rennell and thoroughbred head Bernard Saundry.
For the hardcore enthusiast they need no introduction, though not everyone in the South will be completely enamoured of a Sydney racing carnival.