NZB Southern Bonus Preludes at Riccarton

NZ Bloodstock’s Southern Bonus Race Series will have two new feature lead-up races next season.

The NZB Insurance Southern Bonus Preludes will offer an additional $10,000 in bonuses to eligible graduates.  They will be run at Riccarton Park on Friday, September 14 over 1200m and Sunday, October 6 over 1400m.

NZB Insurance Manager Jim Bruford is pleased to support the Southern Bonus Race and reward those buyers who signed up their two-year-olds last year.

“NZB Insurance is a major sponsor of racing in New Zealand and we are thrilled to be offering these attractive bonuses to owners with eligible horses,” Bruford said.  “These Southern Bonus Preludes offer further incentive for buyers to come and purchase a horse from the South Island Sale and enter the Southern Bonus Race and also make for some exciting racing coming into the Southern Bonus Race in November.”

A new incentive race offered to buyers for the first time at the 2011 South Island Sale of Two-Year-Olds & Mixed Bloodstock, the inaugural Southern Bonus Race will be held at Riccarton Park on November 14 and is an Open 3YO race over 1400 metres.

The Southern Bonus Race will offer a $50,000 cash bonus – on top of any stakes winnings – to the first eligible graduate across the line.  Importantly for buyers, entered horses get preference in field selection, and the horse doesn’t have to win the race to collect the bonus, it only has to be the first eligible horse past the post.

New Zealand Bloodstock will be offering the Southern Bonus Preludes and Southern Bonus Race again to buyers at this year’s South Island Sale of Two-Year-Olds & Mixed Bloodstock and entries into the 2013 Series are just $250 + GST per horse.

All two-year-olds must be nominated for the 2013 Southern Bonus Race before the September 10 deadline.

The 2012 South Island Sale of Two-Year-Olds & Mixed Bloodstock will be held at Christchurch’s Canterbury Agricultural Park on Friday, August 10 from 11am.