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No better time to breed your mare in Victoria

05:33 AM 14 Nov 2012 NZDT
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With the 2012/13 B\breeding season recently commenced there is no better time to ensure that your harness racing mare is bred in Victoria.

Presently, there are great deals on offer for service fees to quality, proven and affordable sires at studs across Victoria.

In addition to the already lucrative VicBred program which distributes around $6 million annually through stakes and bonuses, the new VicBred Platinum enhancement for horses specifically bred and branded in Victoria is starting to hit full swing.

The VicBred Platinum program has been jointly funded by the Victorian State Coalition Government and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and was developed in conjunction with Harness Breeders (Vic.).

Over recent weeks VicBred Platinum races have commenced appearing on a regular basis with many connections taking the opportunity to race for the lucrative stakes on offer to lower assessed VicBred Platinum horses.

Since the commencement of the recently announced VicBred Platinum program 128 horses have contested the 19 various heats and finals already run.

12 of these races have been won by fillies or mares with 65 of the horses to contest the races having shared more than $150,000 in stakes.

In the pacing ranks Overthorns (by Courage Under Fire) has already contested four VicBred Platinum races winning three and landing more than $18,000 for connections.

Overthorns’ trainer John Kendall says the financial advantages of the VicBred Platinum series have made it a popular option, particularly for owners and trainers campaigning female pacers.

“I just think it’s a sensational series, especially for the mares and to be honest I see it as one of the most positive steps taken in recent years for the sport,” he said.

“From my experience, trainers in particular really seem to be enjoying the series’, primarily because of the money but also the programming of the races.

“It’s just great to have the mares given more opportunities and something I think owners and breeders should be aware of moving forward.”

Jordylan (by Blissful Hall) and Australian Bite (by Jet Laag) are other series success stories having each earned more than $11,000 in two Platinum appearances with the latter also snaring a VicBred First Win Bonus of $5,000 for his maiden victory.

Of the Trotters, Dream Of Flair (by Yankee Paco) tops the leader board in stakes with $8,500 earned from one win and two minor placings in three Platinum appearances thus far.

Other VicBred Platinum winners to feature have included Yankee Poem (by Yankee Paco), Sunset Hustler (by Village Jasper) and It Is She (by It Is I) who have all won more than $4,500.

The VicBred Platinum Pacing Mares Sprint Championship continues this Sunday at the Gunbower Cup Meeting with 10 mares battling it out for the $10,000 on offer.

The 20 races of this series will culminate in the top average point scorers across the series which retain an M0 assessment contesting a $40,000 final at Tabcorp Park in April.

The equivalent VicBred Platinum Trotting Mares Sprint Championship will be contested over a five-heat series and culminate in a $30,000 final at Tabcorp Park in February.

With still another $650,000 up for grabs this season in Vicbred Platinum Country Series, Mares Sprint Championships and Metropolitan races there is no better time to breed your mare in Victoria.

Breeders and owners alike are encouraged to contact HRV for further information on how they can ensure that they breed their mare this season to be both VicBred & VicBred Platinum eligible.

by Jason BONNINGTON

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