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Billion dollar NZ horse racing industry under pressure over poor state of racing tracks

The billion dollar New Zealand horse racing industry is under immense pressure over the state of the country's tracks with at least one Australian trainer warning they won't bring horses across the Tasman, if something isn't done.

A string of meetings have been abandoned this year, with tracks unable to cope with heavy rain in a lot of centres, putting jockeys and horses in danger.

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing CEO Bernard Saundry said it's important to make a change to protect the future of the sport.

"It's an opportunity now. We need a solution to ensure that winter racing is protected for the future," said Saundry.

"It's having an impact on the industry with owners and trainers forking out money for no return."

There were 34 abandoned or rescheduled meetings last season, up from an average of nine per season.

Horse racing trainer Nigel Tiley said it's hurting everybody in the business.

"It's a big risk, it's a big toll and you know the compensation for what's been happening hasn't been adequate so it's costing everybody," said Tiley.

At least one Aussie trainer has refused to bring their horses across the Tasman.

"It's a shame that that's how we're perceived to be and I think it's got to change."

An Aussie trainer has warned that they won’t bring horses across the Tasman, if nothing is done. Source: 1 NEWS