The Gr. I Livamol Classic will be run at Hastings on Sunday, October 22.
The $250,000 weight-for-age 2040-metre race will be the high point of a reconstructed premier meeting, which will also include the Gr. 3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m).
The Livamol and the Spring Sprint were among the five races lost when the premier meeting at Hastings was abandoned last Saturday. The upside for the industry is that the new Hastings meeting will be part of a bumper Labour weekend for punters.
The Labour weekend Saturday will feature the Gr. 3 Sweynesse Stakes and Listed Jakkalberry Classic at Rotorua, the Gr. 3 John Grigg Stakes at Ashburton and the Caulfield Cup meeting in Melbourne, while the Gr. 2 Sarten Memorial will headline the Labour Monday meeting at Te Rapa.
The Hastings meeting will be run by Hawke’s Bay Racing and replaces the meeting originally scheduled for Otaki on the same day. An inspection of the Otaki track on Monday found that it was unlikely to be fit for racing at Labour weekend.
The Hastings programme will be similar to that originally scheduled for Otaki, apart from the addition of the Livamol.
The $70,000 Red Badge Spring Sprint will replace the open 1200-metre race and there will be stake increases for three other races. The Rating 85 2100 will increase from $30,000 to $40,000, as will the Rating 85 1600 and the Rating 75 1400 will be raised from $25,000 to $40,000.
The balance of the programme will comprise a Rating 65 2100, a Pearl Series Rating 65 1600, a Rating 65 1200 and a maiden 1600.
NZTR has also announced that there will be a $200 compensation payment made to the owners of each of the 62 horses who missed a start at Hastings and that all fees, including the early payments, will be refunded for the horses who were final acceptors for the Livamol. New entries will be taken for the Livamol Classic on Tuesday, October 17.
“We believe that this has been the best possible outcome following the disappointment we all felt on Saturday afternoon,” Hawke’s Bay Racing Chief Executive Butch Castles said.
NZTR would like to acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of Hawke’s Bay Racing, Racing Rotorua, the Otaki-Maori Racing Club, race sponsor Livamol and the New Zealand Pattern Committee, which has enabled two significant Group races to be retained.