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Industry loses great contributor

Chris Luoni, one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame and a past chairman has passed away in Hamilton overnight after a battle with illness.Luoni, an accountant by profession, had been an avid racing fan since his teenage years following the fortunes of his father George’s high-class racehorse of the 1970s, Happy Union.He experienced success as a breeder and owner with horses such as stakes winners Ma Danseuse and Oliverdance, and he also raced ...

June 5, 2020

2020 Induction Dinner Postponed

Due to the unfolding situation with COVID-19, the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame has decided to postpone their bi-annual Induction Dinner due to be held on Sunday, 3rd May 2020 at SkyCity in Hamilton. Whilst this is disappointing for our Board, our new inductees, sponsors and guests, the risks and restrictions now in place to combat COVID-19 make the event impossible to run the way we would like to at this time.  The New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame Board will reschedule the event...

March 19, 2020

More highlights ahead for Taylor

Cherry Taylor had no joy with Loire in last Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks, but she has plenty to look forward to within the next couple of months despite the Covid-19 travel restraints. Taylor, Chairperson of the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame (NZRHOF), and her husband, Brent, race Loire with their friend Kate Plaw and, though the filly disappointed when finishing 14th in the 2400m feature, she had already given them a major highlight when winning the Gr.1 New Zeal...

March 17, 2020

Hall of Fame Induction for Mufhasa

Mufhasa earned his stripes as a dual New Zealand Horse of the Year and multiple Champion Sprinter-Miler and now he has gained the ultimate accolade with his pending induction to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. The common thread running through the story of Mufhasa’s racing career is one of a tough, uncompromising and obviously talented galloper who loved nothing better than a fight. Translated into statistics, those qualities were the platform for a career spanning 62 starts over eight se...

March 2, 2020

Hall of Fame induction an honour for Karaka principal

Sir Peter Vela is set to be inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.Amid all the action at this week’s National Yearling Sale, there was no more popular newsthan the pending Racing Hall of Fame induction of New Zealand Bloodstock principal Sir Peter Vela.Perhaps after nearly half a century’s involvement in the thoroughbred industry, it may comeas a surprise that Sir Peter is not already a member of this country’s elite racing body, but that wasfar from his own mind when he discus...

January 27, 2020

Louis Herman-Watt of Radio Sport – 2020 Leishman Media Awardee

The NZ Racing Hall of Fame Board has recognized that many mainstream media journalists and aspiring journalists do not have an awareness of the NZ racing and breeding industries so it has set up the bi-annual Leishman Media Racing Awareness Award which has as its objective “to improve the awareness of mainstream media people in the NZ horse breeding and racing industries”. The award provides the awardee with a practical exposure to the NZ racing and breeding industries which will enable them...

January 17, 2020

James McDonald set for Hall of Fame history

Just 12 years after riding his first winner, James McDonald is about to become the youngest person to be inducted to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. When his induction takes place at the Hall of Fame gala dinner in Hamilton on May 3, the Sydney-based champion will join 16 other jockeys to have claimed their place in more than a century of New Zealand racing history. “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call, it’s a huge honour and I still get goose-bumps just talking about it,” Mc...

December 24, 2019

Inductee Horse Tail Project

The NZ Racing Hall of Fame has some wonderful equine and people inductees.The NZ Racing Hall of Fame was set up to honour horse racing and breeding’s elite performers and our mandate is to maintain a history of our inductees which is accessible to people in a digital and physical presence.A recent project has been to obtain pieces of tail from living equine inductees, outstanding progeny of equine inductees or outstanding horses trained, ridden or bred by people inductees.This project will res...

July 29, 2019

Changing of the guard at NZ Racing Hall of Fame

Chris Luoni, the driving force behind the establishment of the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, is stepping down as Chairman after serving seven years in the post but will continue as a director.“Chris was the catalyst behind establishing the Racing Hall of Fame,” past Chairman and director Gerald Fell said.“I was the first Chairman of the Hall of Fame and between us we drove the development of it.“I retired and Chris took over, and it has just got stronger and stronger.”Luoni, an acco...

July 3, 2019

Linda Jones lends name to new retirement village

A Hamilton retirement village has been named after New Zealand’s most famous female jockey, Linda Jones MBE.The name of Ryman Healthcare’s new retirement village on River Road in Hamilton was revealed on Friday at a special event held at the Hamilton Working Men’s Club, and Jones was present for the occasion.As the first woman to be inducted in the NZ Racing Hall of Fame, Jones is a true Kiwi icon who now joins a long list of great New Zealanders whose names have been lent to Ryman re...

April 15, 2019

John Costello - Our patron and best supporter

John or Coz to his many friends sadly passed away this week. Coz was a doyen among NZ journalists and we were lucky that horse racing was his passion.Coz was the NZ Racing Hall of Fame’s best supporter and we were honoured to have him as our Patron following on from our old friend the late Don McLaren. Coz’s career was such that we inducted him into the NZ Racing Hall of Fame in 2016 in his own right and his induction ceremony is available for viewing on this channel.At our most recent induc...

December 22, 2018

Entertaining evening with Hall of Fame legends

When you get Noel Harris and Murray Baker in the same room you know there is always going to be plenty of laughter reminiscing their entwined moments in racing.That was the case at this year’s NZ Racing Hall Of Fame (NZRHOF) function at SkyCity Hamilton when the two greats of the New Zealand turf were among the latest nine inductees, which also included champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller.Internationally successful jockey Tod Hewitt and Ra Ora’s Sir Woolf Fisher were also inducted, as were ...

March 11, 2018

Fell proud of NZ Racing Hall Of Fame

Success in a lifetime is built around achievements and for Gerald Fell one of his proudest accomplishments will be on show again on Friday evening in Hamilton. Fell (77) was one of the small group of dedicated racing enthusiasts who were instrumental in forming the New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame (NZRHOF), of which he became the inaugural Chairman. The seventh biennial inductee function is being held at the Skycity Hamilton on the eve of a premier day’s racing at Te Rapa. New Zealand’s Racin...

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