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Racing Returns To Rotorua On June 3
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing confirmed that racing will return to the newly reconstructed Rotorua track, following a "successful trial meeting" last Thursday when 138 horses competed across 23 heats over distances from 800-1900m. NZ Jockey's Association president Dave Taylor commented: "A number of top riders including Michael Walker, James McDonald, Andrew Calder, Chad Ormsby & Matt Cameron all rode on the day & were well pleased with the way the track raced. None of these riders reported any issues throughout the day & clearly none were identified." Trainers' Association executive director Dennis Ryan confirmed all trainers he spoke to (including Mark Walker, Frank Ritchie, Jim Pender, Paul Moroney & John Sargent) "were very positive about what took place at these trials. Mark Walker had 20 horses trialling & was completely satisfied that the track presented no problems. Paul Moroney commented that his 4 1st-timers had no problems, nor did his riders & John Sargent was of a like mind & will definitely have runners on 3 June." Steward John Oatham added: "Based on these trials, there is no reason why the race meeting scheduled for Wednesday 3 June should not proceed at Rotorua, where an 8-race card is programmed."