ON THE back of a record-breaking round of sales, Australian Pacing Gold has announced the “most exciting sales offering in our 33-year history”.
APG’s 2021 sales were the company’s most successful, with record sales averages for the third successive year and a never-before-seen Australia-wide 92.6 per cent clearance rate.
Never prepared to rest on laurels, APG is already focused on 2022 which has kick-started early by securing a major multi-year sponsorship with online wagering provider Neds.
“Thanks to the amazing support of our new partner, Neds, APG has been able to put together a truly incredible sales and race series offering for 2022 and beyond that we genuinely believe represents the greatest offering in the history of harness racing,” APG chairman Robert Marshall said.
“It promises to be a game changer for APG.”
Beginning with a revamped race series, APG’s partnership with Neds ensures 2022 sales graduates will compete for a jaw-dropping $3million in prizemoney and bonuses.
The kitty will be spread across eight Group Ones, 10 Group Two and four Group Threes – the highlight being APG’s massive Two-Year-OId Finals night at Club Menangle where 10 colts/geldings and 10 fillies will compete for $1.5million in stakes and bonuses.
Along with $500,000 Finals for each category an additional $250,000 bonus is available to any sales graduate which wins their heat and Final while also beating the benchmark times of 1:51.3 for the ‘boys’ or 1:52.3 for fillies.
APG graduates Bar Room Banta and Soho Almasi proved the times are achievable when they stopped the clock in 1:50.3 and 1:51.8 around Menangle last season.
APG’s Neds deal will also benefit vendors, with up to $200,000 of prizemoney available for distribution to the vendors of the 20 Finalists.
Vendors will receive $10,000 for each yearling they sell at APG’s 2022 sales which qualifies for either of the Group One Finals on APG’s $1.5million night at Club Menangle.
To borrow a term infomercial pioneer Ed Valenti coined “but wait, there’s more!”
To celebrate APG’s partnership with Neds, the sales giant is waiving its cataloguing fees for all vendors who nominate and present their yearlings for sale at either of APG’s Melbourne or Sydney Sales.
Importantly, APG’s offer of free entry, and the ability to share in the $200,000 of vendor prizemoney, is only available to those who nominate their yearlings for the 2022 Neds APG Yearling Sales before the August 16 nominations deadline – so make sure you get your entries in as quickly as possible!
APG has also announced free entry to all trotting yearlings presented at 2022 sales, with graduates eligible for Australasia’s newest, richest and likely fastest juvenile trotting race, APG’s $125,000 mixed sex Two-Year-Old Trotting Final at Menangle.
Last, but not least, APG has also formed a multi-year partnership with the harness racing industry’s own information services provider, RISE.
Under the new “Poweredby RISE” partnership, APG will benefit from unparalleled access to RISE’s digital media platforms, providing APG with a never-before-seen ability to reach buyers and promote the APG Sales.
APG’s partnership with RISE adds to APG’s growing list of major partners which includes the Victorian Harness Racing Club, the New South Wales Owners’ Association, Harness Racing Victoria, Club Menangle, Albion Park and Gloucester Park.
“The entire APG team are incredibly excited about our initiatives and look forward to working with all of our vendors, both old and new, to make APG’s 2022 Yearling Sales our best ever,” Marshall said.
“It’s also important to note Western Australia and Queensland will retain their state-based series, but nothing is stopping anyone from racing wherever they want.
“Also the winners of the two state Finals get wildcard entries into the $500,000 Finals at Club Menangle.
“Full terms and conditions of APG’s 2022 Sales and race series will be available on the APG website soon, however, the bottom line is that APG’s 2022 offering will see graduates compete for the most prizemoney in APG’s history, whilst vendors will face lower costs and be eligible for more benefits than ever before.”