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NZ Elevate Three Races To Gr2 Status
Meanwhile, the Sarten Memorial, the Manawatu Challenge Stakes and the Westbury Classic have all been upgraded to Gr2 status for this season, reports NZ Racing Desk. The races have been elevated from Gr3 status following the annual review of the New Zealand Pattern Committee. The committee has also upgraded the Anniversary Handicap and the South Island Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes from Listed to Gr3 level, while The Oaks Prelude has earned Listed status. Meanwhile, the Hawke's Bay Gold Cup has been downgraded from Gr3 to Listed level. There will again be 22 Group One races conducted during the 2015-16 New Zealand racing season, 25 Group Two races, 38 Group Three races and 63 Listed races.