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Hold your horses . . . Gore Harness Racing club president Ross Cleland holds the club's submission appealing Harness Racing New Zealand's deicision to move the club's meetings to Invercargill. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

The Gore Harness Racing Club and Wyndham Harness Racing Club have sent submissions to Harness Racing New Zealand appealing the decision no longer to hold harness racing meetings in Eastern Southland.

Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) wants to reduce the number of venues in New Zealand from 31 to 16 and has proposed the clubs move to Invercargill.

The due date for submissions was Monday and Gore club president Ross Cleland is hoping for a positive outcome.

“We are hoping they will change it,” Cleland said.

Gore’s submission was put together by Sonia Gerken and Gore club secretary Julie McEwan-Franks and covered all bases, he said.

“It’s facts and figures.

“We’ve got good comparisons to our peers and Gore comes up smelling of roses every time.

“We really can’t understand why we’ve been singled out as the one to go.”

Cleland wrote a letter of support alongside New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson, MLT general manager Mark Paterson and Food Affair owner Jo Holland, outlining the impact the move would have.Trainers and sponsors also backed the club’s submission.

Gore was a viable club, returning a profit of $16,000 for the last financial year, Cleland said.

“It’s against the trend of other clubs.

“It’s a really good result that we’re really proud of work.”

owned by the Gore Racing Club, benefited from having harness racing as it was a dual-code course, he said.

If the move was enforced members of the Gore committee, who were all volunteers, indicated they would be forced to resign.

Wyndham club president Russell Ferguson said the club received positive support for its submission.

“We’ve had outstanding support right across the board .. 100% support from the community, local councils, trainers, businessmen and sponsors,” he said.

It was expected the clubs would hear within the next couple of weeks whether they had been successful.