The successful Met Multiplier introduced by the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (The Met) in August 2012 has a current honour’s board showing a total of 41 winners and, in what is good news for owners and trainers, will continue in the 2014-15 season.
The “Met Multiplier Honours Roll” shows harness horses right across the classes in both pacing and trotting gaits from a diversity of stables. At the season end, total pay-out is at $307,500 from the initiative with 26 horses earning the bonus this season.
Just last night Machs A Flyin, owned by the YOR! Racing with Mark Jones Syndicate, which is managed by premier commentator Mark McNamara, earned the bonus of $7,500 with $5,000 going to the owners and $2,500 to trainer Mark Jones.
The scheme is designed to encourage owners and trainers to support the Met with a lucrative incentive for the connections.
To earn a Met Multiplier a horse has to start at a Met meeting a minimum of 15 times over a 12 month rolling period and be placed 1st or dead heat for 1st in one of those qualifying starts.
So that means that your horse has 12 months to have the 15 starts and gain one win from when it first starts at a Met meeting. E.g. A horse that has its first start at Addington on 8 August 2014 must have a minimum of 15 starts at Met meetings and be placed first in one of those starts by 7 August 2015.
Horses that have had more than 15 starts and are yet to win can still qualify as long as they win a race within their 12 month period, and at the same time satisfy the 15-start criteria within that time period.
Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt said “that the initiative has proved to be a winning formula for the club, owners and trainers with 41 horses earning the bonus and plenty more getting close. We have seen an increase in horse numbers and our starter numbers continue to track above the national average which is a positive result. The Club will keep the scheme going.”
Full details and conditions of The Met Multiplier Reward can be found under the Racing -
Promotions and Incentives section at www.addington.co.nz or contact Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.
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