In the NZTR direction paper there is a section on developing a breeders Championship Series. We would appreciate you taking the time to read below and provide us with some feedback by Tuesday.
Breeders Championship The second major initiative being considered is the proposed establishment of a Breeders Championships which would provide our 4YOs with an opportunity to run in a $1m race. The intention here is to create, over time, a day similar to the successful Karaka Millions race meeting that would create new customer engagement and sponsorship opportunities for the industry. Compared to the proposed Aotearoa Champions Day, the Breeders Championship is a longer-term initiative as it will take time for the stakes and bonus pool to grow. At a very high-level, it is proposed that:
Horses would be enrolled by breeders (with an initial payment) at birth, with subsequent payments being made for enrolled horses as yearlings and through the registration process. < We would create, over time, a total pool of $2.6m in stakes and bonuses, including a $1m race for enrolled horses as 4YOs over 2000m that would complement the Karaka Millions 2YO and 3YO Millions races.
There would be a series of ‘lead-up’ races for a minimum stake of $50k each and ‘consolation’ races on the day for enrolled horses.
The raceday (including the $1m race for 4YOs) would rotate around our Metropolitan venues each season.
The $1m race would be for New Zealand-bred horses, allowing horses in other jurisdictions to come back for the race. “Compared to the proposed Aotearoa Champions Day, the Breeders Championship is a longerterm initiative as it will take time for the stakes and bonus pool to grow.” New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Inc loveracing.nz/nztr 20 NZTR Directions Paper Betting on our racing, our venues and initiatives to improve New Zealand thoroughbred racing
The race would be held in the autumn given the better weather opportunities and current dates calendar. If the Breeders Championship is introduced, we will need to consider the impact on, and future of, the Pearl Series.
Questions to be considered:
What are your thoughts about enrolling horses from birth, and would you pay the fee?
What do you think is a reasonable fee?
Do you think the concept with the series of races, consolations and a final are ideal? If not, why not and what would you suggest would improve the scheme?
Do schemes like the Karaka Millions and Pearl have any bearing on whether you mate your mare or not?
Do you think there should be a specific races for fillies and mares only?
Please email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org