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Golden Girls series extended

Northern pacing mares are now set to get even more opportunity to extend their race careers.

The news, which will have the owner of potential broodmares smiling sees the current Golden Girls series which have been such a success around the country, extended to Alexandra Park. And it has a new name, thanks to the sponsorship of Dunstan Feeds. 

Five heats of $10,000 each and a final of $15,000 will be run in September and October for 1 to 3 win mares, aged four-year-old and older, with lifetime winning stakes less than $15,000. It is to be called the Dunstan Feeds Mares Series.

The Golden Girls Series format is a joint venture between HRNZ the NZ Standardbred Breeders and the clubs which started with six series in the South Island and Cambridge during June and July. HRNZ provided extra funding of $68,000 for the series this year and next.  

The principals involved with the further boost to the series said they are very keen to provide more racing opportunities for older lower rated mares. Often racing opportunities for this class of mares has been has been limited.

And being run over sprint distances the mares can also achieve black-type credits enhancing their pedigree careers. There is no better example of that than Miss Moonlight, who recently  paced a Nelson track record of 1.54.7 in a heat of the Golden Girls.  

An innovative  feature of the new Auckland Series is that a winners of the previous five pacing series is eligible to nominate directly into the final of this series at Alexandra Park.

The Dunstand Feeds Mares Series conditions