The 2018 edition of the Harness Jewels on June 2, is set to be the best yet with Cambridge Raceway today announcing two support events in advance of the much anticipated race day.
TAB Trackside’s popular Harness-focused show “The Box Seat” will be filmed in front of a live audience at Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday May 30.
Then on Jewels Eve, Australasian racing personalities Michael Guerin, Adam Hamilton and Greg Hayes will host a casual event featuring one of Australia's most high-profile and best-liked racing identities Peter Moody at Cambridge Raceway’s Pop-Up Sports Bar.
Moody, who is best-known as the trainer of Black Caviar, will also be providing social media coverage on Harness Jewels day.
“I love horses and I’m really looking forward to getting to Cambridge and seeing the great horses and great participants and having a bloody good time.” said Moody, who has been involved in broadcasting in Australia since retiring from training in 2016.
Cambridge Raceway Chief Executive Dave Branch said he was excited to have Moody on board.
“Peter Moody is a legend in the racing industry who will bring a fresh perspective and an Australian flavour to Harness Jewels 2018,” said Branch.
“For the first time ever there’s no meeting at Ellerslie on the same day so we are hoping to attract an audience from both codes.
“No matter your industry nine group one races on one day have to be respected, it really is the best of the best.”
The Jewels Eve event will includes the presentation of the famous yellow silks with the live racing action from Alexandra Park on screen. Tickets for the event are $50, including pub-style food. While, tickets for The Box Seat evening are $70 including a drink on arrival, platter and formal dinner. Tickets for both events can be purchased via www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz
“We can’t wait for Harness Jewels day and we’re very excited to announce these two support events,” said Branch.
“The Box Seat is a must watch show for any harness racing enthusiast and we’re delighted to have the crew join us on course for this special edition.”
In addition to these two events the young executive at Cambridge Raceway have also announced further significant additions to the race day.
Boys Get Paid, a community of 8,500 avid racing and sports fans who don’t mind a beer and a bet, have been making waves in the thoroughbred industry and they will make their foray into harness racing at The Jewels.
New Zealand’s most popular radio station, The Edge have also come on board with DJ’s Guy and Sam hosting The Edge Silks & Sulkies party zone.
Trackside's Brendan Popplewell and Mark Stafford will host the Pop-Up Sports Bar and they will be joined throughout by local sports stars.
“We are mixing things up,” said Branch. “The Harness Jewels racing is second-to-none and this year we’re confident the event side of things will match the racing.
“The entertainment market is really competitive but we have a product that we believe in and there’s no better day than Harness Jewels to showcase it to a wider audience.”