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Major NSW Breeding Initiatives announced

05:26 AM 15 Sep 2013 NZST
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Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW), in conjunction with the NSW Harness Racing Club (NSWHRC), today announced four initiatives designed to stimulate the NSW breeding industry.

Speaking at the official launch of the NSW breeding season at Pepper Tree Farm, HRNSW Chief Executive, Sam Nati, detailed the new strategies worth in excess of $500,000 in the first year.

"When you examine the industry's critical KPIs, there has never been a better time to be involved in harness racing," he said.

"Prizemoney is at record levels across the state, there is significant investment in infrastructure, returns to participants are higher than ever before and the strengthening of regulatory and integrity functions have increased confidence.

"However, the one area of the business which has declined over the past two seasons is foal numbers and we feel it is important to address the issue and we especially want to encourage grass roots participation and attempt to reconnect with those who are no longer breeding."

The first two initiatives announced are part of a new branch of the NSW Breeders Challenge family to be known as Breeders Challenge Blue.

A Breeders Challenge Blue Incentive Certificate (BCBIC), worth $500, is available to breeders for the payment or part-payment of a service fee during the 2013/14 season if the sire is physically based at a NSW stud and the broodmare was not used for breeding purposes during the 2012/13 season. For the BCBIC to be valid the broodmare must be served or inseminated in NSW (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website). The BCBIC is being offered for this season only.

The Breeders Challenge Blue Race Series (BCBRS) will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle in July two weeks after the Breeders Challenge Major Race Series. It features $50,000 finals for two and three year olds and for both sexes. Eligibility is restricted to progeny that are by stallions physically based at a NSW stud at the time of conception and from a broodmare served or inseminated in NSW (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website). The BCBRS will be conducted by the Principal Club in 2014 and thereafter.
NSWHRC Chairman Mr Rex Horne said: "As a club we recognised the need and importance of investing money into regional areas which we have done so successfully though the country series."
"Our Breeders Challenge Blue Race Series is an extension of that and represents a further injection of prizemoney each year to the value of $200,000."

"It also symbolises the strong working partnership we have with HRNSW to achieve the best possible outcomes for the broader harness racing industry."

The remaining two initiatives announced are changes to the current Breeders Challenge structure:

Horses that are aged five years and older are now eligible to win a Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate and the Nominators $3,000 Cash Bonus if they did not win one as a two, three or four-year-old (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website).

The foal notification/Breeders Challenge nomination and sustaining fees have been revised with significant savings available for upfront payments (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website).
HRNSW would like to thank all the studs involved in the NSW Breeding Season Launch including Pepper Tree Farm, Yirribee Pacing Stud, Success Stud, Lonsvale Stud, Golden Gait Stud, Brooklyn Lodge, Medowie Lodge and Lochend Stud.

Harness Racing Australia
 

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