FULLY-SUSTAINED graduates from Australian Pacing Gold’s 2020 yearling sales will have the opportunity to win a slice of more than $2.4million during their two, three and four-year-old seasons.
Better still, with the new state-based format, New South Wales and Victoria will hold Group One Gold Bullion Finals for two-year-olds and three-year-olds as well as a Group Two Final for four-year-olds – with colts and geldings as well as fillies’ divisions each time.
In addition, there will be $30,000 Gold Sovereign Finals at the end of each two-year-old and three-year-old racing season in NSW and Victoria.
APG Chairman, Robert Marshall, indicated the change in the series’ format was the result of extensive consultation with APG stakeholders.
“We reached out to all members of the APG family and the overwhelming response was to move to a state-based series,” Marshall said.
All APG finalists will be determined by heats in the same state.
Marshall suggested this alone could save the Australian harness industry around $200,000 in horse transport and accommodation for owners, drivers and trainers who would normally travel to ‘national’ APG finals.
Under the state-based format, horses will be eligible for APG heats either in the state where they are sold or in the state where they have been trained for 28 days.
The new format gives many more opportunities for owners to share in the prizemoney available,” Marshall said.
“The state-based series offers 32 Group races for this year’s APG graduates.
“There is plenty of Gold to go around.”
APG’s Sydney sale takes place at the William Inglis Sales Complex at Warwick Farm on Sunday, March 8, 2020.