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Tuesday 16th August

Hamish Bond bringing Gold to Hawke’s Bay

Olympic Gold medallist Hamish Bond will be the guest of honour at the Makfi Challenge Stakes Daffodil Raceday at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday 27th August.

Bond and rowing partner Eric Murray secured New Zealand’s first gold medal at the Rio games smashing the rest of the field by 2.8 seconds.

Hawke’s Bay locals will get a chance to see Bond’s gold medal in the flesh, he’ll sign autographs and pose for photographs before attending a High Tea event for Cancer Society volunteers.

“I’m excited to be heading down to Hawke’s Bay to help raise money for such an incredible cause. As someone who spends most of the day training in the sun, the danger of skin cancer is something that weighs heavily on my mind and the Cancer Society does an incredible job of spreading the sunsmart message,” says Bond.

Bond will present a trophy to the winners of the Makfi Challenge Stakes and will be hosted by the team from Westbury Stud - home of the Group 1 Sponsor Makfi.

He will joined on the day by fellow Olympian and Women’s Blackstick Anita McLaren (nee Punt) and the pair will play off in a series of sporting events with Hawke’s Bay students.

Hawke’s Bay Racing CEO Andrew (Butch) Castles says it’s a great thrill to have Bond and McLaren at Daffodil Raceday just 48 hours after they touch down from Rio.

“The Makfi Challenge Stakes Daffodil Raceday is fast becoming an iconic event that the region can be proud of. It’s a day to bring the whole family and enjoy some fantastic racing while raising money for a cause that touches us all,” says Castles.

Now in its third year, Daffodil Raceday is a fundraiser for the Hawke’s Bay Cancer Society and entry to the racecourse is by donation.

When you come to Hastings Racecourse the home of racing in Hawke’s Bay, you experience more than just racing.

From the competitive racing enthusiasts, to families looking for a great day out, we have a thrilling experience to offer everyone.

As well as our finish line grandstand, the club has picnic tables and umbrellas which are available for everyone to use.

You can make the races a super day out with our BYO food and refreshments policy. Don’t leave the kids behind either! There is plenty to keep the younger ones amused with the excitement of the races and hours of fun to be had on our adventure playground.

On bigger race days we have a great array of children’s entertainment including bouncy castles and face painters; definitely enough to keep them amused all day.

Corporate Suites 

Suites are available accommodating groups of any size they provide a great base for an enjoyable group outing. Food and refreshments are provided for you in your own suite which offers viewing directly down on to the racetrack.

Personal Celebrations

Have you thought about having your birthday / wedding anniversary / any other celebration on course during a race day? You should! It’s a great fun party atmosphere with the added entertainment of racing and we can organise all especially for you.

BYO Alcohol Policy

6 bottles of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person - Please note NO BYO is allowed in any Lounge or inside bar area, Public Lawn area only. 

No BYO for The Livamol Classic Raceday

Smoke Free Policy

The racecourse side of the following rooms are smoke free out the stand side of the room. Sasanof / Committee / Champions / Special Guests 

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Kind Regards

Butch Castles


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