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Pearl Series Early Bird Entry Extended until 31 May 2020

In light of these unprecedented times the NZTBA has made the decision to extend the early bird registration for the NZB Insurance Pearl Series until May 31. “People have more important things toRead more

Coping with Covid-19: Haunui Farm’s take on an unprecedented situation

The thoroughbred industry has been deemed an essential service due to horse welfare and is able to operate under restrictions during Covid-19 response Alert Level 4. There is no map for navigatingRead more

Downey appointed Valachi Downs General Manager

Valachi Downs principals Kevin and Joanna Hickman have announced the appointment of Gareth Downey to the role of General Manager. Gareth joined the stud in mid-2018 as their breeding consultant,Read more

Not Business as Usual

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Bernard Saundry has cautioned all participants in racing to adhere to stringent government protocols in response to the spread of Covid-19 for both theRead more

Karaka May Sale Cancelled

New Zealand Bloodstock has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Karaka May Sale. Given the Government’s announcement on Monday that the country is to go into lock-down due to theRead more

March 25- Urgent Covid-19 update

Read the mailchimp sent out by the NZTBA on March 25 2020 regarding operating in Covid-19 response alert level 4. CLICK HERE TO READRead more

Sydney off the agenda for Trelawney

Sydney was set to be a major focus point in the coming months for Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor, however, their attention has swiftly changed with measures implemented as a result of theRead more

NZ trainers can continue to operate

New Zealand trainers can continue to work their horses while racing is shut down under government guidelines. From midnight Wednesday, New Zealand will move to COVID-19 alert level 4 with onlyRead more

Exercise imperative to welfare claims Pike

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is adamant that training tracks need to remain open throughout the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown on animal welfare grounds. The respected horseman, who is also theRead more

Perfectly Ready succumbs to colic

Brighthill Farm have announced the loss of consistent stallion Perfectly Ready. The rising 18-year-old son of More Than Ready returned to the farm from the vet clinic this morning where he wasRead more

BLOG: News from the Irish National Stud

Hannah Airey and Laura McNab are currently in Ireland at the Irish National Stud on the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship. They fill us in on how the Irish National Stud is dealing with theRead more

New Zealand Racing open for business

Racing is undeniably a small cog in this global crisis but to all its fans and those, the world over, who rely on it for their livelihoods, it is a vital one.  The NZ Thoroughbred BreedersRead more


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The NZB Insurance Pearl Series is a bonus scheme for Southern Hemisphere bred fillies and mares, offering bonuses of almost $2.6 million and prize money of nearly $2.8 million. The scheme includes 200 individual races for fillies and mares over three seasons' racing, with bonuses for each race of up to $20,000. The Series has been designed to benefit owners, trainers and breeders of fillies and mares running in New Zealand and are available in all regions of the country. All bonuses are cumulative, ie a horse can win multiple bonuses throughout her racing career.


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