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    IF EVER there is a sale which offers tremendous value, Australian Pacing Gold’s Brisbane Sale on January 26 has to be it. Along with... Potential superstar on offer

    IF EVER there is a sale which offers tremendous value, Australian Pacing Gold’s Brisbane Sale on January 26 has to be it.

    Along with a collection of promising yearlings, the Sale provides buyers with tremendous earning capacity.

    Not only is the $100,000 Sales Race restricted to the 38 yearlings which have been catalogued, the stock are eligible for various majors such as the Qbred, New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge, Vicbred, Bathurst Gold Crown and Breeders’ Crown.

    Non Sale entries are ineligible to contest the Brisbane Sales Race, as are horses purchased at any of APG’s Melbourne, Sydney or Perth Sales, regardless of whether those purchases are made by Queensland owners or are trained in the Sunshine State.

    That means one Brisbane Sales buyer is guaranteed to take home the lion’s share of the $100,000 purse.

    Then there are the various APG Race Series, with each state to host separate fillies and colts division, which in Queensland lead into $50,000 Finals for two and three-year-olds and $30,000 Finals for four-year-olds.

    To be eligible to run in a particular state’s heats and/or Finals, the yearling must have either been purchased in the relevant state; or trained in the relevant state for the prescribed period (e.g. 42 days – this condition is still to be finalised).

    This means any interstate buyers who purchase a yearling from the Brisbane Sale and take it home to be trained will have the option of either chasing the big money by contesting the heats and Finals of the APG Race Series in their home state or travelling back to Queensland to contest the heats and $50,000 Finals where the number of eligible horses is likely to be significantly less.

    As they say on the telemarketing commercials “But wait, there’s more!”

    Along with the Qbred Triad, graduates from the sale are eligible for the super Qbred Bonuses.

    Under the Qbred For Life scheme, owners of eligible horses will receive a $10,000 cash bonus for their horses first win in Queensland, and will then receive a further $7500 cash bonus for their horse’s first Queensland win in a subsequent racing season.

    The wins do not have to be the horse’s first and second victories, simply the first two in Queensland.

    So for example, if a Victorian buyer makes a purchase and races the pacer in their home state until it reaches its mark, it can then be sold to a Queenslander and remain eligible for the bonus.

    This means the purchase not only has tremendous earning capacity, but greater resale potential.

    For what is typically a boutique sale of 40 to 50 yearlings, Brisbane consistently produces some outstanding graduates.

    Last season, Expensive Ego exploded onto the scene, winning the Group One Qbred Triad Final in 1:52.9 at his third start.

    He followed up with a win in the $100,000 Albion Park Brisbane Sales Race, before returning home to New South Wales to capture the Group Two APG Championship and finishing the season undefeated from six starts.

    The previous season it was Muscle Factory grabbing national attention, winning the $100,000 Albion Park Brisbane Sales Race in 1:53.1, before returning at three to win the Group Two Simpson Memorial in1:49.6 and the prestigious Group One Victoria Derby.

    The bottom line is APG’s Brisbane Sales continually produce some exceptional individuals and all indications are that will ring true in 2020.

    To view the APGs Brisbane Sale catalogue click here.

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