WESTERN AUSTRALIA’s premier races for two-year-olds, the WestBred Classics, will be increased to $225,000 in the 2022/23 racing season.
RWWA made this announcement today to coincide with the start of the breeding season. Any WestBred colt, gelding or filly born in the 2020/21 season will be eligible to contest the $225,000 races.
WA’s WestBred Bonus Scheme supports and rewards the breeders and owners of Western Australian bred horses. A WestBred eligible horse is a horse foaled, notified, registered and branded in Western Australia.
For eligible horses a WestBred Owner and Breeder bonus is payable on any two or three-year-old race where the total advertised stake is less than $20,000 and where the horse is placed first, second, third and fourth.
A WestBred eligible horse sired by a stallion residing and standing in WA at the time of service will be eligible for the Double WestBred Bonus. A double WestBred eligible horse that wins a two or three-year-old race receives double the Owner and Breeder bonuses.
RWWA Harness Racing Manager, Kerry Hanks, said “The Westbred Classic Two-Year-Old Fillies and Westbred Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings races were increased from $50,000 to $100,000 in 2013. This latest planned increase is part of RWWA’s WestBred Review.”
“Finer details and other outcomes of the Westbred Review will be released early next year.”
“The percentage split in stake money for the upgraded Westbred Two-Year-Old Classics will be varied to see 50 per cent go to the winners of these races; the other 50 per cent will be distributed to ensure a higher return for all placings, including those placed from 6th to last.”
“Breeders of the horses placed first to third will continue to receive the current Breeders Bonus of $5000, $3000 and $2000 respectively”
WA BOTRA President, Warren Robinson, commented he was pleased with the planned stakes increase and was hopeful the knowledge of the increased stakes would be an encouragement for people to consider breeding this season. He welcomed the change in stakes percentages.
WASBA President, Jeanine Diederich, also expressed support for the stakes increase and the change to the stakes percentages to runners in these races, which she believed would provide more encouragement to current owners and breeders, and anyone considering purchasing at the WA Yearling Sales.
She commented it was a good initiative as part of the Westbred Review, with other changes from the Westbred Review also expected to be positive.
- RWWA Media