SA TROTS Media Release regarding further Bonus & Prizemoney announcements


 Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) is pleased to advise of further developments on the bonus and prizemoney front.

HRSA in conjunction with Port Pirie Harness Racing Club (PPHRC) and its enthusiastic support base will be offering

$25,000 in cash prizes for local trainer and driver premierships throughout the 2023 season. These premierships (one for the period between January to June and the other from July to December) will be determined on a points system earned for each race start, that rewards both participation and success.

Furthermore, there will be a lift in the number of $6,999 races offered at weekly premier meetings in the back end of January and throughout February. Please read on below for more detail on both announcements:

PPHRC Premierships 2023

Leading Trainer Award: January – June   


Leading Driver Award: January – June

Leading Trainer Award: July – December

Leading Driver Award: July – December

PPHRC President Mick Darling is excited for the Port Pirie racing community to partner with HRSA on this concept. He says “The 2022 season showed we were able to stand alone as a racing venue after the ceasing of the dual meeting concept. Part of the success we had with horse numbers was due to the prize we offered for our leading trainer of the season, which was battled out in great spirit and ended up being an extremely tight finish between Shane Loone and Toby Ryan. In 2023, and with some additional support from HRSA, we have extended this prize to the top 3 in both driving and training ranks, with the premiership split into two parts. This will hopefully attract strong numbers to our meetings, and give even more participants the opportunity to enjoy some spoils. Our committee and the local racing community are excited to build on what was accomplished in 2022.”

HRSA CEO Dean Elliott shares in the enthusiasm “The Port Pirie racing community have shown great resilience in recent times, and it’s been wonderful to see their hard work rewarded. Wagering outcomes from their Tuesday night schedule have exceeded expectations which has created this opportunity that rewards our trainer and driver base, something that is much deserved. This concept has the potential to expand into other parts of the state, and as such HRSA is in discussion with relevant parties.” Please note the nominations for next Tuesday’s meeting have been extended until 8:30am tomorrow morning.

$6,999 races on the move

As of Saturday January 28 at Globe Derby and throughout the month of February, HRSA has increased the number of

$6,999 races programmed each week. An average of two extra $6,999 races (up from $4,500) per week have been added to the programming schedule in February, catering for all divisions and types that have been a staple of the Saturday night fixture.

These premier meeting prizemoney levels will continue to be monitored, and are further prize money enhancements in recent times that have also included:

October: Prizemoney increase for Mondays in addition to a lift in the ratings exempt threshold November/December: increase in Globe Derby and Port Pirie midweek meetings to complement Southern Cross January: Heats into finals concept ($8,500 finals) and Battle Of The Best (ratings exempt $7,000 races)

HRSA CEO Dean Elliott is pleased to deliver these announcements and states “HRSA is acutely aware of the need to support the local industry with increased earning opportunities. These incremental adjustments are designed to support the entire participant base and provide further incentives to race in SA.”

Elliott goes on to make the point “it has been encouraging to see certain KPIs heading in the right direction. For example, in 2022 the average winning price increased while the average winning margin declined, indicating a more competitive and even playing field. Furthermore, the average number of race starts per horse per year increased from 8.8 to 9.9 in 2022. The biggest challenge we continue to face is a declining horse population. However, with challenge comes opportunity and as prizemoney heads in the right direction again there are genuine opportunities for owners and trainers to capitalise on this.”