Nevele R 3yo Fillies Heats (7) increased to $20,000 (previously $15,000)
NZ Sires Stakes Trotters 2yo Preludes to $10,000 & 3yo Southern Prelude to $17,500
Form from 6 current 2yo Group or Feature pacing races, 3 for the boys and 3 for the fillies,now also qualifies horses for their particular Sires Stakes 2yo Finals or Silvers.
The Board has been very mindful recently of the racing pressure placed on a limited pool of horses, especially two-year-olds. So has replaced two of the 2yo colts and two of the 2yo fillies heats with three extra opportunities for each sex to qualify. These six qualifying races are to be based on already established races in Auckland, Canterbury and Southland.
All series administered by the Board also now pay 20 percent of the stake spread across all other starters in lieu of the maiden bonus previously paid.
Proposed five new $40,000 “Conditioned” races to cater for 4yo & Older pacing mares (Nov & April), 4yo & Older trotters (May), 3yo colts & geldings (May) and 3yo “Harness 5000” (Jan/Feb).
The Age Group Review led by HRNZ identified a number of areas that needed greater opportunities.
These proposed new races are a joint industry funded effort at Premier meetings to provide opportunities within these classes but away from the elite level. Much along similar lines to the successful Sales Series Aged race we run at Kaikoura.
“Harness 5000” particularly enthuses us as it is a new concept and will be limited to the progeny of stallIons who stood at an advertised stud fee of $5000 or less.
Any queries please phone the Board office on 03 338 5662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org