Gearing up for the start of Daffodil Racedays 2018

2 August 2018

The New Zealand horse racing industry is continuing its support of the Cancer Society of New Zealand with NZRB Daffodil Racedays 2018.

Now in its fifth year, the initiative is proudly supported by the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) who this year will be making a substantial cash donation for every winner across every Daffodil raceday across New Zealand.

New Daffodil raceday silks have been created and NZRB will donate $1,000 per winner in the silks on Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday at Hawke’s Bay, with all other events receiving $500 per winner. The club with the most winners on its Daffodil Raceday will receive an additional $2,000 for their local Cancer Society.

“We’re excited to be continuing our partnership with the Cancer Society and supporting the valuable work their team do across New Zealand every day. We’re immensely proud of how the racing industry pulls together for this initiative,” says NZRB CEO John Allen.

Two of the stars of racing - 2018 Jockey Premiership winner Samantha Collett and leading Harness driver Zachary Butcher have thrown their weight behind this incredible cause.

“We’ve had a bit of a wager on this.. if a harness club get the most wins, Sam has to pay me $500. If a thoroughbred club gets the most wins, I’ll pay her $500,” says Zachary Butcher.

“We’re also putting a call out there to all drivers and jockeys who win in the daffodil silks to donate a percentage of their fee to the Cancer Society,” says Sam Collett.

As a sign of the industry’s ongoing commitment to its partnership with the Cancer Society, all six clubs have committed to make their Daffodil Raceday events Smokefree.

“It’s fantastic to see the racing community coming together again this year for Daffodil Racedays. The money raised for the Cancer Society will go towards vital cancer research and provide practical help, care and comfort throughout New Zealand,” says Cancer Society of New Zealand CEO Mike Kernaghan.

“We look forward to rolling out this campaign with the help of the codes and clubs and we hope the wider  industry will use this as an opportunity to illustrate the generosity of our people and the contribution racing makes to New Zealand communities,” says Mr Allen.

Key Dates:

  • Saturday 1 September Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday, Hastings Racecourse
  • Harcourts High Tea Daffodil Raceday, Ruakaka Racecourse
  • Friday 7 September ITM Group Daffodil Race Night, Addington Raceway
  • Saturday 22 September NZ Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes Daffodil Raceday, Riccarton
  • Friday 28 September Daffodil Race Night, Alexandra Park Raceway
  • Saturday 27 October Wellington Racing Club Daffodil Raceday, Trentham Racecourse

Over the past four years, Daffodil Racedays has raised more than $150,000 for the NZ Cancer Society. For more information go to

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