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Check out the NZTBA's online horses for lease & sale

At last, New Zealand thoroughbred owners can look forward with confidence to better rewards.

Legislative changes initiated by the Minister for Racing, Winston Peters earlier this year have reduced the totalisator duty from a headline rate of 20% to 4% of gambling profits. The means that from 1 August the industry will retain more of the money it earns and NZ Thoroughbred Racing is making sure that most of it is directed towards prizemoney.

The winner's circle is a very fine place to be!
But it takes a horse to put you there - in this case,
the excellent sprinter-miler COG HILL, seen here
with his owners after winning the
ARC George Adams H. G2 at Ellerslie this season.

So it's a great time to become a racehorse owner. But there's a catch. The New Zealand foal crop has declined from around 5,000 in 2002 to an estimated 4,300 foals this coming season and it's going to take a few years for that number to increase.

Which means that finding a horse to race for that better prizemoney may become a little more difficult, as buyers compete for available yearlings and two-year-olds in the sale-ring.

However, there's another source prospective owners can tap into. While our members are busy planning their 2006 matings to meet future demand, they can offer their current racing prospects for lease or sale, some of them ready to go straight into training, in the NZTBA's online Sale and Lease catalogue.

Current listings (ages as at 1 August 2006) include:
  • 2yo fillies by His Royal Highness, Ebony Grosve, Cullen,
    Arkadian Hero & Desert Fox
  • 2yo gelding by Sakura Seeking
  • Two 4yo mares by Vyner's Orb
Those wishing to breed their own horses this year can choose from several attractive broodmare listings, among them young mares by Danasinga, Maroof, Soviet Star & Touching Wood.

The ability to post listings is a benefit of NZTBA membership, but everyone is welcome to respond by contacting the owners of horses listed in the Catalogue. New listings by NZTBA members are always welcome and business has been especially brisk since the demise of the Friday Flash and its popular classified ad pages.

For more information please contact the NZTBA web editor, Susan Archer.

- Susan Archer