Sky Racing World has announced the re-launch of its New Zealand racing product, with the service to begin distributing horse-racing content from New Zealand Racing Board-operated tracks, to North American advance depositing wagering (ADW) sites.
The Louisville, Kentucky, based distributor of international horse-racing content, is to distribute Kiwi content to US and Canadian ADW’s following a six month hiatus.
Sky Racing World has detailed that services set to benefit include TVG, TwinSpires, Xpressbet, NYRA Bets, WatchandWager, AmWager, and BetAmerica.
A nine race card was first set to feature, emanating from the inaugural race-day run at Pukekohe Park Raceway, near Auckland, in a move designed to whet the appetite of customers before a prestigious weekend.
The Karaka Million is to meet at Ellerslie Racecourse in the early hours of Saturday 25 UK time (3pm-11pm in New Zealand), and will feature two of the nations richest races.
Namely the NZ$1m ($730,000) Karaka Million for two-year-olds, set to feature Longines’ 2017 best-ranked world jockey Hugh Bowman who will be riding Al Hasa, and the NZ$1m Karaka Million 3 YO classic, in addition to four other Group-status races.
David Haslett, President and CEO of Sky Racing World, said: “Following the launch of our South Korean racing product last July, we’re excited to continue to diversify the international racing content available to our North American ADW partners and, by extension, their customers through our relaunched New Zealand racing product.
“Not only complementary to our core Australian racing product as well as the North American racing schedule, New Zealand offers world-class races – from the upcoming Karaka Million, to Auckland Cup week in March, to this autumn’s Spring Classic and New Zealand 2000 Guineas.”
Following the Karaka Million, Sky Racing World will provide North American ADWs with New Zealand racing content from five to six days a week, depending on the racing schedule.