Breeders Crown - Conditions

1. THE STRUCTURE

Pacers

The Breeders Crown will be run for 2YO and 3YO horses with each age group split into a section for males and a section for females comprising:

2YO 3YO
Heats
Semi Finals
Final
Silver Pace*
Heats
Semi Finals
Final
Silver Pace*


*Note that in all cases Silver races will only be run where there are sufficient acceptors.

All races throughout the series will be Random Barrier Draw (RBD) with the exception of any Silver Pace which, due to insufficient acceptors across divisions, becomes a combined sex race. Should this occur then the barrier draw for such a race will be Preferential Barrier Draw on Sex (PBD/Sex).

From the commencement of the 2019 series Heats will only be scheduled in Victoria.

HRV will program Heats for each division at one venue in Victoria and will run as many Heats as are required to grant each eligible acceptor a start in a Heat.

In the event of any race of the series being abandoned or declared a No-Race after the declaration of Acceptances, the controlling body will attempt to re-run the race at the same race meeting or re-schedule the race at the next most suitable venue.

Trotters

The Breeders Crown will be run for 2YO and 3YO horses with each age group split into a section for males and a section for females comprising:

2YO 3YO

Heats
Final
Silver Trot (Combined Sex)*

Heats
Final
Silver Trot (Combined Sex)*


*Note that in all cases Silver races will only be run where there are sufficient acceptors.

All races throughout the series will be Random Barrier Draw (RBD) with the exception of any Silver Trot which will be Preferential Barrier Draw on Sex (PBD/Sex).

From the commencement of the 2019 series Heats will only be scheduled in Victoria.

HRV will program Heats for each division at one venue in Victoria and will run as many Heats as are required to grant each eligible acceptor a start in a Heat.

In the event of any race of the series being abandoned or declared a No-Race after the declaration of Acceptances, the controlling body will attempt to re-run the race at the same race meeting or re-schedule the race at the next most suitable venue.

2. ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility to compete in a Breeders Crown Heat, Semi-Final, Final or Silver Race is extended to any eligible horse for which the relevant Breeders Crown Age Acceptance Fee (or Breeders Crown Series Fee) has been processed and accepted by HRV and paid in full.

3. FIELD SELECTION - HEATS

3.1 Field selection for Heats will be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the controlling body

3.2 Heats/Semi-Finals that are split into divisions are divided on a random (not manual) selection basis. Owner and Trainer splits will NOT apply.

3.3 All eligible horses who accept for a Heat in Victoria will be guaranteed a start in a Heat.

3.4 A horse that does not complete the course or is declared a non-runner in a Heat shall be deemed as having contested a Heat.

4. MODE OF START & BARRIER DRAWS

4.1 All races will be a Mobile Start and will be conducted as Random Barrier Draw (RBD) events with the exception of the following races which will be conducted as Preferential Barrier Draw on Sex (PBD/Sex):

(a) Any Silver Trot
(b) Any Silver Pace which becomes a combined sex race

5. RACE DISTANCES

5.1 Race Distances for Heats and Semi-Finals and Silver Races will approximate the distance of the respective Final.

6. HANDICAPPING CONDITIONS & PENALTIES

6.1 All horses will accrue points in the Breeders Crown series as per the Points Matrix in the Australian Handicapping Rules.

7. STAKEMONEY DISTRIBUTION

7.1 Stakemoney for any race of the Series conducted within Victoria will be distributed as follows:

1st 50%
2nd 16%
3rd 10%
4th 6%
5th 4%
6th to last 2%

 

 

 

 

       
7.2 Stakemoney for Victorian Heats, Semi-Finals and Silver Races will be distributed as follows:

Owner 87.5%
Trainer 7.5%
Driver 5%

 

 

 

7.3 Stakemoney for the Finals will be distributed as follows:

Owner 80%
Trainer 5%
Driver 5%
Stallion Nominator 5%*
Broodmare Nominator 5%*

 

 

 

 

*In the case of there being no Stallion Nominator, the Broodmare Nominator shall receive 10%.

8. SEMI-FINALS & FINALS

8.1 Pacers

8.1.1 Semi-Finals will comprise the winners of Heats with the balance of horses being the next highest placegetters in the Victorian Heats.

8.1.2 In the event of two or more horses each finishing in the same position in a Heat and thereby producing a field exceeding the field limit, then the following selection criteria will be used to decide which horse(s) will be included in the field and which horse will be the emergency.

(a) The horse that records the faster individual mile rate in a Heat will take precedence.
(b) In the event that mile rates are tied, a random ballot will be performed.

8.1.3 Finals will comprise the first six placegetters in each Semi-Final with the fastest seventh placegetter based on the individual mile rate recorded in the Semi-Final becoming the emergency.

8.1.4 In the event of two or more horses recording the same mile rate and thereby producing a field exceeding the field limit, HRV will determine by random ballot which of the horses will qualify as the starter or the emergency for the Final.

8.1.5 A horse that does not complete the course or is declared a non-runner in a Semi-Final shall be deemed as having contested a Semi-Final.

8.1.6 A horse may not contest both a Final and a Silver Pace of the same series.

8.1.7 A horse declared as an emergency for a Final may not scratch from such Final in order to contest a Silver Pace.

8.1.8 In the event that an emergency gains a start in a Final, it shall be deemed ineligible to contest a Silver Pace.

8.2 Trotters

8.2.1 Finals will comprise the winners of the Heats with the balance of horses being the next highest placegetters in the Victorian Heats.

8.2.2 In the event of two or more horses each finishing in the same position in a Heat and thereby producing a field exceeding the field limit, then the following selection criteria will be used to decide which horse(s) will be included in the field and which horse will be the emergency.

(a) The horse that records the faster individual mile rate in a Heat will take precedence.
(b) In the event that mile rates are tied, a random ballot will be performed.

8.2.3 A horse may not contest both a Final and a Silver Trot of the same series.

8.2.4 A horse declared as an emergency for a Final may not scratch from such Final in order to contest a Silver Trot.

8.2.5 In the event that an emergency gains a start in a Final, it shall be deemed ineligible to contest a Silver Trot.

9. SILVER RACES

9.1 Pacers

9.1.1 Horses must be nominated for the Silver Pace if they wish to gain a start in the Silver Pace.

9.1.2 A horse which qualifies for a Semi-Final or Final but fails to take its place in such race (withdrawn or otherwise) is ineligible to contest a Silver Pace.

9.1.3 Fields for any Silver Pace will comprise of horses who meet the criteria outlined in ‘Condition 2 – Eligibility’ but failed to gain a start in the Final, with field selection preference to be allocated in the following order:

(a) Horses who contested a Semi-Final but failed to gain a start in the Final
(b) Horses who contested a Heat but failed to gain a start in a Semi-Final (based on finishing position and individual mile rate in the Heat)
(c) Horses who did not contest a Heat (based on Automatic Field Selection System)

9.1.4 In the event of there being insufficient acceptors to run both split-sex Silver Paces separately, HRV will combine the final acceptors into a combined-sex Silver Pace(s) – which would then become PBD/Sex rather than RBD. Field selection criteria of 9.1.3 will be applied.

9.1.5 In the event of there being insufficient acceptors to run a combined-sex Silver Pace, it will be abandoned.

9.2 Trotters

9.2.1 Horses must be nominated for the Silver Trot if they wish to gain a start in the Silver Trot.

9.2.2 A horse which qualifies for a Final but fails to take its place in such race (withdrawn or otherwise) is ineligible to contest a Silver Trot.

9.2.3 Fields for the Silver Trots will comprise of horses who meet the criteria outlined in ‘Condition 2 – Eligibility’ but failed to gain a start in the Final, with field selection preference to be allocated in the following order:

(a) Horses who contested a Heat but failed to gain a start in the Final (based on finishing order and individual mile rate in the Heat)
(b) Horses who did not contest a Heat (Field Selection based on Automatic Field Selection System)

10. DEAD HEATS

In the event of a dead heat for any finishing position in a qualifying race, preference in qualifying will be given to a horse who places outright for the same finishing position, regardless of mile rate.

11. ABANDONED HEATS

In the event of any qualifying race being abandoned after the declaration of Acceptances and not being able to be re-run, horses (excluding scratchings) will qualify for the next stage of the series in descending order of automatic field selection points at the time of abandonment.

12. FUNDING

12.1 HRV guarantees the following levels of prizemoney for Breeders Crown Finals:

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2YO Pacers

$280,000

$285,000

$290,000

$300,000

2YO Trotters

$85,000

$90,000

$95,000

$100,000

3YO Pacers

$185,000

$190,000

$195,000

$200,000

3YO Trotters

$60,000

$65,000

$70,000

$80,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.2 Stakemoney levels from 2020 and beyond will be advised prior to the collection of Series 24 Yearling/Series sustaining payments.

12.3 HRV contributed stakes will be distributed together with the host clubs’ stakemoney contributions for each Breeders Crown Series.

12.4 HRV reserves the right to vary stakemoney allocations at any time.

13. HORSES MUST BE SCRATCHED

Horses which contest a qualifying race but are not able to contest the the next stage of the series must be formally scratched prior to Acceptance Time from the relevant race. The next ranked horse according to relevant qualification criteria will be promoted. A scratching penalty may or may not be imposed.

14. DISQUALIFICATION

Rule 195A of the Australian Rules of Harness Racing applies to this race series.

15. SPECIAL CONDITIONS

HRV reserves the right to:

15.1 Make any alterations or amendments to these conditions that it considers necessary in the overall best interests of the conduct of the Breeders Crown.

15.2 Cancel the Breeders Crown at any time in which case all fees paid will be refunded.

FUTURITIES – LATE NOMINATIONS/AGE ACCEPTANCES

If for some reason you miss the deadline but still want your horse to be eligible, the following late fee structure applies:

  • A late fee of twice the applicable fee for applications up to three months late for all futurities schemes; and

  • A late fee of 3% of the applicable race final stakemoney (e.g. 3% of Vicbred 2YO Pacers final stakemoney) for applications submitted from three months to six months late, rising to 4% for applications submitted more than six months late; and

  • Late foal nominations will be charged as a multiplier of the original fee, so for those applications that are three to six months late, a late fee of five times the original fee is applicable, whilst for those applications more than six months late, a late fee of ten times the original fee is applicable.

(November 2017)