The Harness Plus Bonus Scheme is open to any registered standardbred. In order for any horses to be eligible for a bonus the horse must have been nominated and sustained as per the Conditions.
The Series will be governed by Harness Racing New Zealand with a Harness Plus Subcommittee appointed for the overall administration of the Series. The N.Z.Sires Stakes Board has been appointed to collect the prenomination monies which will then be transferred to the Harness Plus Fund held by Harness Racing New Zealand who will distribute the Harness Plus bonuses.
Harness Plus bonuses will be assigned to existing harness totalisator races. Bonuses will be paid to the winner of the designated races throughout the season providing it was an eligible Harness Plus horse.
Bonuses will be paid on age group within each scheme and spread on a regional, gait and gender basis with horse distribution also being taken into account. Designated races will be determined by the Harness Plus Administration Subcommittee in consultation with the regional Racing Secretaries and be reviewed quarterly. Designated races to complement racing calendar and horse population. Designated Harness Plus races will be advertised in the Harness Racing Weekly as part of a host club's programme and Harness Plus horses will be identified in the racebook.
- Nominators can add resale value to their horses
- Joining both Harness Plus and the Sires Stakes enables you discounts
- Bonuses paid to nominator and owner
- Discounts apply for horses paid up for both the Sires Stakes and Harness Plus
- $360,000 up for grabs in first two seasons
- Ninety bonus available in first two seasons —that will increase
- Harness Plus is run throughout all of New Zealand
- Harness Plus caters for a wide variety of horses
- Owners may retain stock to win bonuses before selling
There will be no restriction on the number of bonuses a horse can win. (Because of the regional spread and diversification of races that the bonuses will be applied to it is envisaged that the bonuses will be won by a wide variety of horses ). The bonuses will be paid out by Harness Racing New Zealand at approximately the same time as the stake of the race but will be exempt from the stakes for handicapping purposes. Bonus payments will be subject to complying with the Rules of Harness Racing.
30 Bonuses will be programmed for 3 Year Olds
30 Bonuses will be programmed for 4 Year Olds
The bonus will be paid to the original Nominator of the said horse and to the owner(s) of the said horse at the time of winning the bonus race.
Definition of Nominator:
The nominator will be deemed to be the person(s) whose name(s) appears on the Nomination Form at the current payment level as the nominator.
A Harness Plus eligible horse is one that has met all sustaining payments from foal nomination onwards to the present time. Also horses that have made the late payment as a yearling and all subsequent payments.
These horses are eligible to claim the advertised bonus payment should they win a Harness Plus Race. Eligible horses are marked in the racebook and fields with a Harness Plus logo.
Payment Level Key
A - Foal Nomination
B - Yearling Sustaining
D - Three Year Old Sustaining (eligible for 3 YO Series)
E - Foal Nomination - Fully Paid Up (eligible for 3 and 4YO Series)
F - Yearling Sustaining - Fully Paid Up (eligible for 3 and 4YO Series)
G - Four Year Old Sustaining
Please refer to the programmes for additional race details.
Harness Plus Series No 9 - foals born in 2007/08 season
Harness Plus Series No 10 - foals born in 2008/09 season
Harness Plus Series No 11 - foals born in 2009/10 season
Harness Plus Series No 12 - foals born in 2010/11 season
If anyone has any questions regarding Harness Plus please don’t hesitate to contact either of the following:
New Zealand Sires' Stakes Board
Phone: 03 544 8820
Marketing & Communications Manager
Harness Racing New Zealand
Phone: 03 964 1197