HARNESS Racing Victoria has partnered with Australian Pacing Gold to conduct the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale on Sunday March 10, 2019.
HRV and APG will run the sale for the next three years, with the addition of race series being attached to the APTS from next year.
Separate $50,000 Finals will be held three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and three-year-old trotting fillies.
“This year’s APTS broke all records with the sale’s average up 41.6 per cent on the year prior and with eight more yearlings through the ring. Over $1million in total sales was recorded, an increase of more than $400,000 on 2017,” HRV GM Racing Stephen Bell said.
“HRV is pleased by these trends and remains committed to the ongoing growth of the trotting gait in Victoria. Trotting equated for 25 per cent of all stake money paid out in Victoria in the last financial year. Ten years ago, trotters raced for 16 per cent of overall stake money in Victoria.
“The quality of our trotters has also improved markedly in recent years and, in addition to the rich prize money already on offer for trotters, we’ve now got the race series connected to the APTS for sale graduates, so opportunity abounds.”
Previous APTS graduates include Cruisin Around ($207,542), Endsino ($185,203) and Aldebaran Eve ($158,508).
HRV has received more than 100 nominations for APTS 2019 since last August and there is still an opportunity for vendors to enter horses before the catalogue is finalised.