Photos: Horse racing resumes in New Zealand as lockdown eases

New Zealand opened doors for its financially troubled horse racing industry on May 28, after being shuttered for months due to the coronavirus outbreak. Harness racing is the most popular form of racing on New Zealand's South Island. The race which took place without fans at the Addington racecourse in Christchurch offered some hope that the return of such meetings under New Zealand's easing lockdown regulations will allow the industry to weather turbulent financial times.

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Horses along with their trainers race past a pavilion stand during race five at the Addington Raceway in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand’s financially troubled horse racing industry reopened on May 28 after being shuttered for months because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, leading the return of organised sports as the nation moves toward normalcy. (Mark Baker / AP)

Horses along with their trainers race past a pavilion stand during race five at the Addington Raceway in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand’s financially troubled horse racing industry reopened on May 28 after being shuttered for months because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, leading the return of organised sports as the nation moves toward normalcy. (Mark Baker / AP)

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Preparations underway to start race four at the Addington Raceway. Harness racing is the most popular form of racing on New Zealand’s South Island. (Mark Baker / AP)

Preparations underway to start race four at the Addington Raceway. Harness racing is the most popular form of racing on New Zealand’s South Island. (Mark Baker / AP)

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Blair Orange takes his buggy off his horse Terror the Christian, after winning his 2,000th career race at the Addington Raceway. The pandemic led to substantial job losses in the racing industry and betting income had plunged while race meetings in New Zealand were suspended. (Mark Baker / AP)

Blair Orange takes his buggy off his horse Terror the Christian, after winning his 2,000th career race at the Addington Raceway. The pandemic led to substantial job losses in the racing industry and betting income had plunged while race meetings in New Zealand were suspended. (Mark Baker / AP)

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Jonny Cox steers Loissonya back to the stables after race three at the Addington Raceway. Trainers had to keep horses in work during the almost two-month shutdown in New Zealand and the Christchurch event offered some hope that the return of race meetings under New Zealand’s easing lockdown regulations will allow the industry to weather turbulent financial times. (Mark Baker / AP)

Jonny Cox steers Loissonya back to the stables after race three at the Addington Raceway. Trainers had to keep horses in work during the almost two-month shutdown in New Zealand and the Christchurch event offered some hope that the return of race meetings under New Zealand’s easing lockdown regulations will allow the industry to weather turbulent financial times. (Mark Baker / AP)

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A small group of owners and trainers watch a race at the Addington Raceway. On May 28, the demand for starting places were so great, with 290 horses entering, that the Addington meeting had to be split over two days with nine races on the opening day and twelve on May 29, reported AP. (Mark Baker / AP)

A small group of owners and trainers watch a race at the Addington Raceway. On May 28, the demand for starting places were so great, with 290 horses entering, that the Addington meeting had to be split over two days with nine races on the opening day and twelve on May 29, reported AP. (Mark Baker / AP)

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Blair Orange steers Terror the Christian home to win his 2,000th career race at the Addington Raceway on May 28. The New Zealand government has recently allocated $45 million to the racing industry to help it meet its financial challenges incurred during the coronavirus lockdown. (Mark Baker / AP)

Blair Orange steers Terror the Christian home to win his 2,000th career race at the Addington Raceway on May 28. The New Zealand government has recently allocated $45 million to the racing industry to help it meet its financial challenges incurred during the coronavirus lockdown. (Mark Baker / AP)

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A scene from the harness racing event at the Addington Raceway. New Zealand’s decision to go into lockdown quickly to curb the spread of the coronavirus has been largely successful and restrictions are gradually being eased. A total of 22 people have died of COVID-19 and 1,504 have been infected due to the virus in New Zealand so far. (Mark Baker / AP)

A scene from the harness racing event at the Addington Raceway. New Zealand’s decision to go into lockdown quickly to curb the spread of the coronavirus has been largely successful and restrictions are gradually being eased. A total of 22 people have died of COVID-19 and 1,504 have been infected due to the virus in New Zealand so far. (Mark Baker / AP)

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