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Liz Whelan will take over as editor of RaceForm which makes its long awaited reappearance next week.

RaceForm is back next week with former Trackside presenter Liz Whelan as editor

Next week marks the return of New Zealand’s stand-alone racing publication RaceForm, and with that a change at the helm following the appointment of Liz Whelan as editor.

For more than five years from mid-2012 Whelan was a familiar face to Trackside viewers, most closely associated with the greyhound code. In early 2018 she moved to Australia, where she was employed as the media and communications manager at Country Racing Victoria.

Covid-19 precipitated Whelan’s decision to return to New Zealand and now she is looking forward to her next challenge. Her appointment as editor of RaceForm follows the decision of founding editor Dennis Ryan to step back from the role, however he will remain involved both as a director of Raceform Publications and as a journalist.

“It’s great to be back in New Zealand and to be given this opportunity,” said Whanganui-born and raised Whelan. “I’ve loved racing all my life and my childhood memories go all the way back to attending the Waverley races with my parents.

“I’m excited to become a member of the RaceForm team and I’m looking forward to working alongside one of the best in the business. Dennis still has much to offer and I’m pleased that he will be there to guide me through the settling in period and beyond.

“No doubt the whole racing industry will be happy to see RaceForm back filling that essential space and I’m thrilled to be part of the publication’s on-going development,” Whelan said.

Raceform Publications co-director and business manager Don Hancock expressed his pleasure at Whelan’s appointment, which he says augurs well for the future.

“We understand fully the decision Dennis has made and we believe we’ve found an excellent replacement in Liz Whelan, who no doubt will bring her own ideas and style to the publication,” said Hancock. “It’s very satisfying that RaceForm is about to make its keenly-awaited return, thanks in no small part to the concerted efforts of RITA and the codes.”

RaceForm will be back on sale from Thursday August 6, with previews, expert form analysis and tips, trackwork pointers, news and full fields and form for domestic gallops and harness as well as feature Australian gallops.

Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Hawera

Race 7: Lincoln Dreamer
1.58pm

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“He has drawn 10 and because he is on the ballot I haven’t got a rider for him yet. He is looking great and has continued to work well. I won’t make a decision on whether to start him until race morning though as he needs a track better than the heavy 11s that he has been running on. The track at Hawera was a dead 5 this morning but there is rain forecast so I expect it will come back to the slow range. I will not run him if the track ends up any worse.”

Race 10/11: Almo Street
3.43pm/4.23pm

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“They split the rating 65 1600 with so many nominations. He has made the field in race 10, the consolation, and is second ballot in race 11. If he makes the field in race 11 he must run there. Rain is forecast and he will not line up if the track is heavy. His work has been very good and he has taken fitness from his last runs.”