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    $1.2m boost for the HRNSW Breeders Challenge Series $1.2m boost for the HRNSW Breeders Challenge Series
    THE highly-successful New South Wales Breeders Challenge continues to grow with news of an injection of an additional $1.2million into the series over the... $1.2m boost for the HRNSW Breeders Challenge Series

    THE highly-successful New South Wales Breeders Challenge continues to grow with news of an injection of an additional $1.2million into the series over the next three years.

    These changes will be implemented for the 2024 racing season in an aim to deliver back to participants, with this commitment aligning to Harness Racing NSW’s recently published Strategic Plan.

    Prizemoney for this year’s Major Series qualifying heats will be increased to $15,000 for each race.

    Additionally, HRNSW will also adopt a prizemoney split of 85 per cent to owners and 10 per cent to trainers – the same split seen across standard racing.

    Other stakes remain the same, with drivers, stallion nominators and foal nominators all paid five per cent of prizemoney. This increase to the money paid out on each race equates to 110 per cent of the advertised stake.

    Following vital industry feedback on the series, HRNSW Chief Executive Officer Peter Buckman acknowledged the value the Breeders Challenge had in the Australasian harness racing landscape.

    “We acknowledge and thank the industry and kindred bodies for their constructive feedback and recognise the value the Breeders Challenge has as one of Australasia’s leading futurities,” said Buckman.

    “This is why we have boosted the value of the heats for the major series, plus increasing both the owners and trainers percentage meets the industry standard and recognises the support that both groups have in ensuring that the Breeders Challenge is kept to such a high standard.

    “We see these changes as the first step in a staged change process of the Breeders Challenge and incentive schemes.

    “The next step will see a review of the bonus structure and funding allocation to better incentivise current and potential participants.”

    Adding to this announcement, HRNSW will retain the 20 per cent bonus for True Blue-eligible horses that earn prizemoney during the Breeders Challenge series (not including the Blue Series).

    The Blue Series Finals will again be run as Group 2 events, the Four-Year-Old Major Series Finals Group 3 and all four Major Series Finals for two and three-year-old pacers will carry Group 1 status.

    Full Terms and Conditions for the 2024 Breeders Challenge will be published in May.

    The Breeders Challenge Series will be programmed at the same time in 2024, with the Regional Series to be reduced to a single race for each division:

    Blue Series:

    Heats              2YO and 3YO ($9,996)              Monday August 26, 2024           Menangle

    Finals             2YO and 3YO ($100,000)          Saturday September 7,  2024     Menangle

    Major Series:

    Heats:

    2YO ($15,000)                      Tuesday September 17, 2024    Menangle

    2YO ($15,000)                         Wednesday September 18, 2024 Bathurst

    2YO ($15,000)                         Friday September 20, 2024        Wagga

    2YO ($15,000)                         Friday September 20, 2024        Newcastle

    2YO ($15,000) (2nd Rd)       Tuesday October 1, 2024           Menangle

    3YO ($15,000)                        Tuesday September 24, 2024    Menangle

    3YO ($15,000)                        Wednesday September 25, 2024 Bathurst

    3YO ($15,000)                        Friday September 27, 2024        Wagga

    3YO ($15,000)                        Friday September 27, 2024        Newcastle

    3YO ($15,000) (2nd Rd)     Tuesday October 8, 2024           Menangle

    4YO Mares ($25,000)          Saturday October  12, 2024        Menangle

    4YO E&G ($25,000)              Saturday October 19, 2024        Menangle

    Semi Finals: 

    2YO ($25,000)                    Saturday October 12, 2024        Menangle

    3YO ($25,000)                     Saturday October 19, 2024        Menangle

    Finals:

    2YO ($150,000)                   Sunday October 27, 2024          Menangle

    3YO ($150,000)                   Sunday October 27, 2024          Menangle

    4YO ($50,000)                     Sunday October 27, 2024          Menangle

    Regional Series

    Finals:

    2YO and 3YO ($30,000)    Friday November 29, 2024        Newcastle

    2YO and 3YO ($30,000)    Wednesday December 4, 2024  Bathurst.

     

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