Join us for Premier racing including the Kevin Pratt Memorial G2 Manawatu Challenge Stakes and G3 Bramco Granite and Marble Manawatu Cup.

This will be a great opportunity for not only the knowledgeable punter but also a great day to put together a team from work, social club members or friends to take out and become the 2020 MANAWATU PUNTER OF THE YEAR


We will once again have the two big screens in operation so you can keep up with all the action in the room. 


The betting fund will be $720 per team (with a maximum of 6 members per team).

$75 per team member. 


The event will be located in the Eulogy Lounge and each team member will receive: 

    • Food throughout the day. 
    • Vouchers for six standard beer, single spirit or house wine. A cash bar will also be operating. 
    • MC for the day will be the knowledgable Andrew Lacy who will be conducting interviews during the day with prominent trainers, jockeys and personalities, as well as offering expert advice. 

Prizes this year will be worth $6,000.  First prize provides free entry to the Hawkes Bay Punter Of The Year and the $1,500 betting fund and $1,000 cash. Second prize is $1,000 (cash), third prize $500 (cash). 

Of course any team that has any money left at the end of the day will get to keep that balance. Other prizes during the day include $250 for being the leader after Race 3 and after Race 6. As well there will be other spot prizes during the day.


First prize (highest balance):

Free entry to the Hawkes Bay Punter of The Year and the $1,500 betting fund PLUS $1,000 cash  

Second prize: 

$1,000 (cash)

Third prize:

$500 (cash)

Leading team after race 3 

$250 cash 

Leading team after race 6

$250 cash 

Highest turnover

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Plus spot prizes during the day!


We are restricted to the first 110 teams, so don’t hesitate and get your entry in as soon as possible.

We look forward to providing you a great day out and best of luck!
Please find rules and online entry form below. 



1.         All contestants must be registered by 5pm Thursday 17th December to be included.  Entries will only be accepted on “first come basis”.


2.         Name of contestants to be disclosed - although a Pseudonym (nom de plume) may be used for publicity purposes.


3.         $720 being the betting fund together with $75 entry fee per team member with a maximum of 6 members in a team is to be paid to the Club prior to raceday or in cash, on the morning of the race meeting. Payment via Internet Banking is available until close of business on Thursday 17 December 2020. Payment in cash or by EFTPOS is available until 12 noon, Saturday 19 December 2020. Betting vouchers will be issued on the day and handed out to the teams prior to the competition. No cheques will be accepted.


4.         Minimum of $90 to be invested on each race commencing with race one.  There is no maximum.


5.         If contestant runs out of funds, no additional funds can be added.


6.         If the balance is less than $90, the entire amount shall be invested.


7.         All-Up betting is permitted.  However, after the initial investment a minimum of $90 (or if your balance is less than $90) must continue to be invested on each of the following races independent of any all-up bet carrying over.  Where a punter has no funds available but has a “live” all-up bet in place the contestant will not be excluded from the competition.  When their all-up dividend is declared the contestant must resume investing a minimum of $90 on the remaining races if sufficient funds are available then.


8.         All bets to be placed on the Manawatu Racing Club’s race meeting.


  1. Pick Six / Fixed Odds/ Final Fields/Place 6 – Please note that none of these bet type can be included in Punter Of Year competition


10.       The designated person must be in a queue no later than eight minutes prior to the starting time of each race to ensure bets are placed.  Entrants must bet on every race.


11.       In the event of an inquiry, which is not resolved prior to five minutes before the start of the following race, any contestant who has funds to reinvest on that race due to the inquiry, shall not be disqualified but shall resume investing on the race after the inquiry is complete.


12.       No Club official (officiating in the room on the day) shall be able to enter.


13.       The winner shall be the contestant with the highest balance after the dividends are declared for the last race and have been added to the contestants’ deposit ticket.


14.       The individual balance and payout of amounts earned will be available as soon as possible after race 8 “All Clear” but the winner’s name (or nom de plume) and presentation will be announced later.


15.       In the event of a tie, the winner shall be drawn by lot under the supervision of the Racecourse Inspector.


16.       If for any reason, the race meeting is postponed or cancelled after race 4, the person who has the highest balance at the time the meeting is stopped on this day, shall be determined the winner.


17.       Entry to the Punter Competition “Arena” will be restricted to 6 persons per entry at a cost of $75 per person. Six beverage vouchers will be provided to each entrant to use throughout the day in the room for Standard Beers and Wine with non-alcoholic drinks free, closing after the last race. A surcharge of $2.00 will exist for a premium beer when using a voucher. A buffet luncheon will also be provided.


18.       The Club reserves the right to cancel the competition if less than 15 entries are received.


19.       All contestants will be given their deposit tickets at the commencement of the day in the Punters Competition Room.


20.       Competitors deposit tickets are individually coded and must be presented to the tote operator before any bets are entered.


21.       Contestants must check their betting tickets after each bet.


22.       A Steward will keep a running tally of each contestant’s pool.  Progressive totals will be made available.


23.       The winner will be announced as soon as possible after the declaration of the last race.




A TAB trace will ensure that each contestant has abided by these Rules.

You must present your deposit ticket to the operator before any bets are entered.

You can only bet after the “Betting Open” announcement has been made for each race.

You must bet a minimum of $90 on each race.

You must check your ticket.

You must retain your deposit ticket at all times.



Manawatu Racing Club PUNTER OF THE YEAR Competition
Awapuni Racecourse, 19 December 2020
I have read the conditions of entry and agree to abide by those rules:-
Betting Fund $720.00
People attending at $75 per person - number required:
Entries may be lodged by email: or by mail to:
Manawatu Punter of the Year
Race Incorporated
P O Box 52
Palmerston North 4440
All entries must be received by no later than 5pm Thursday 17th December
Please enter the letters/numbers above exactly as you see them. Uppercase and Lowercase are important.
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Number of Races: 8 (approximately)

Race programme and times here