Connections of this year's Grand Circuit and Trotting Masters Champions will be fittingly rewarded with a rich new prize pool following the announcement of a new naming rights partnership with Australian Pacing Gold.
Harness Racing Australia Chairman, Mr Geoff Want, announced the new partnership today along with unveiling a new logo for each series."We are extremely pleased to have attracted a long term partner for Australasia's premier race series in Australian Pacing Gold, which for the first time provides due reward and recognition of our Champion performers by awarding them each a $20,000 bonus which can be utilised at any Australian Pacing Gold Sale.
"A number of major changes were made to the Grand Circuit last season by creating a stand alone brand for Trotters with the Trotting Masters, introducing a revamped points system to incentivise participation and a revamped criteria for race inclusion as part of the series. In some ways today's announcement and logo unveiling are the final pieces in the puzzle designed to lift the profile and prestige of both the Grand Circuit and Trotting Masters," Want said.
Australian Pacing Gold Chairman, Mr Peter Bourke, was equally as thrilled. "Australian Pacing Gold is pleased to partner with the Grand Circuit and Trotting Masters.
"Our company has celebrated the fact that many of the stars of the track are graduates of the APG Sales, with many of these yearlings claiming Horse of the Year titles in various categories since our inception in 1989. We look forward to further sales graduates competing in the Grand Circuit, therefore making this partnership the perfect fit.
"APG also appreciates those stakeholders who have horses of the trotting gait and this announcement signals our desire to become involved with sales which offer these horses."
"We view this partnership is a unique way to not only suitably reward the Champions of our sport, but also provide the connections of those horses with a direct incentive to re-invest in the industry and hopefully claim their next champion," Bourke said.
The first race of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit for 2013/14 will be the $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship at Albion Park, Brisbane on 26 October, while the Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masterscommences on 15 November with the $200,000 Hellers Dominion at Addington in Christchurch, New Zealand.
For more information, contact Gary Kairn on 03 9227 3000.