The Albion Park Harness Racing Club and Nutrien Equine are entering into a head of agreement to host a Queensland yearling sale in 2023.
This follows Nutrien Equine’s successful foray into the standardbred yearling sale arenas of Victoria and New South Wales.
And, like those states, an associated race series will afford Nutrien Equine graduates a $50,000 two-year-old trotting feature, $250,000 two-year-old pacing feature and a $200,000 three-year-old pacing feature at The Creek.
“The club will own the sale, and it is an exciting venture moving forward, our aim is to provide transparency and integrity for all involved. Any profits will be going directly back into prizemoney and raising the bar as high as possible.” APHRC CEO Scott Steele said.
It is expected the sale next year will be staged on the Gold Coast, at the famed Magic Millions Sales Complex.
The APHRC agreement with the company enhances their position in the Australian Harness Racing landscape and consolidates the long-term future of the Nutrien Equine sales and race series along the eastern seaboard.
Nutrien Equine are staging a sale this weekend in Melbourne at Oaklands Junction and hopes are high given the strength of their Sydney Sale in February.
The Sydney Standardbred Yearling Sale sold 87 of 99 lots sold with a clearance rate at the end of the sale of 87.88%.
The average was $38,082.55, with colts averaging $43,663 while the fillies averaged $30,152.
Gross for the sale was $3,313,182.
Two colts realised $150,000 with an American Ideal – Beninjurd youngster setting the mark before the Somebeachsomewhere – Nike Franco sold for the same price.
“Here at Nutrien Equine, we are extremely delighted to be involved and now partnered with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club. Naturally, Albion Park is an iconic brand and the spiritual home of harness racing in the Sunshine State so our relationship will be more than just a typical sales company/race club.” Nutrien Equine CEO Mark Barton said.
“The future is bright, and we can’t wait to start work immediately in providing plentiful opportunities for those directly involved or looking to be involved in the industry.” Barton added.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Albion Park Harness Racing Club on (07) 3262 2577.