SA BOTRA have announced that stake money for the 2 year old Nursery Finals this season will be worth $25,000.00 an increase of $5000 each with the heats $6,000.00 which is up from $5000 this year, nominations close early this year on Friday 29th November with the finals night has been scheduled for 31st of May next year rather than July which finals night was held last season.
While on BOTRA following the huge success of Battlers Night held in August for non winners and lowly asset horses Harness Racing SA has granted BOTRA another date for such an event the second date to be set down in February, Battlers Night not only provided extra stake money for these horses but owners and trainers received extra incentives such as winning photos, vouchers plus BOTRA put on coffee & cake for all owners and trainers on the night in their room over looking the track.
Harness Racing SA is currently conducting industry forums throughout the state, on Wednesday it was Globe Derby’s turn, about 65 people attended the forum led by HRSA Chairman Mark Carey, Mr Carey spoke about challenging times ahead given the fact that TattsBet turnover was down some 16% in last financial year. However HRSAA have guaranteed the current prize money will remain the same as 2012/13 season highlighting 2 & 3 year old racing, sponsorship is up.
CEO John Lewis spoke about the ongoing issue of trying to get fixed betting on South Australian Harness racing while Racing Operations manager Peter Smith spoke about programming and the increase in prize money of the Southern Cross Series, afterwards a Q & A session was held the main objection seem to be the 1800 meter races during the September to November period and the opportunity for lower class horses having to meet Saturday class pacers in Restricted class races held on Mondays. Mr Lewis showed a new harness Racing branding advertisement produced nationally to promote Harness Racing under the band of “WE WILL TROT YOU”.
As the 2012/13 season drew to a close last weekend At Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday night the state’s leading
driver was with 191 wins from Ryan Hryhorec both of whom drove a winner on the final night but the
evening belong to South Australia's leading lady driver who drove a race to race treble in Ultimate Call, Nevada Jack , for Jill Nelson who was the state’s leading lady trainer, and Soul Tana.
Aaron Brown fell two wins short of hundred ending the season training 98 wins Nelson as mentioned was the leading lady trainer with 54 wins while was crowned the leading junior driver with 35 wins.