Southern Cross Conditions

1. SOUTHERN CROSS – RACING SERIES 2024 SEASON

DATE

2 YEAR OLD PACERS

PRIZEMONEY

23 Nov 2024

Heats 2YO (Colts & Geldings)

$8,000

   Heats 2YO (Fillies)

$8,000

30 Nov 2024

Final 2YO (Colts & Geldings)

$35,000

Consolation 2YO (Colts & Geldings)

$6,000

Final 2YO (Fillies)

$35,000

Consolation 2YO (Fillies)

$6,000

DATE

3 YEAR OLD PACERS

PRIZEMONEY

23 Nov 2024

Heats 3YO (Colts & Geldings)

$8,000

Heats 3YO (Fillies)

$8,000

30 Nov 2024

Final 3YO (Colts & Geldings)

$35,000

Consolation 3YO (Colts & Geldings)

$6,000

Final 3YO (Fillies)

$35,000

Consolation 3YO (Fillies)

$6,000

DATE

TROTTERS

PRIZEMONEY

 23 Nov 2024

Heats 2YO (Open)

$6,000

   Heats 3YO (Open)

$6,000

30 Nov 2024

Final 2YO (Open)

$20,000

Final 3YO (Open)

$20,000

*Dates are subject to change

All Southern Cross Races will be advertised and published on the HRSA website.

2. FIELD SELECTION FOR RACING SERIES

Heats

All eligible horses nominated for the Southern Cross Heats will be guaranteed a start in a Heat. Harness Racing SA Ltd will determine the number of heats and the number of horses to compete in each Heat, however where there are insufficient horses after the close of nominations or acceptances to conduct more than one heat then no heat will be conducted with all acceptors progressing directly to the Final.

Finals

To be eligible for the Final, horses must have competed in a Heat, excepting that where no heat is conducted due to insufficient acceptors, all those horses which had accepted for a heat will progress directly to the Final.  Qualification for Finals will be determined based on horses finishing positions in the heats. In the case of the final qualifying position(s) in the Final being determined between two or more horses with the same qualifying position in a heat, the horse(s) with the fastest individual time in the heat will qualify for the Final. Should there be a scratching prior to the fields being drawn, the next eligible horse will be drawn into the Final.

Consolations

A consolation may be held in each age group and sex. Each consolation will consist of horses which competed in the Heats but failed to qualify for the Final. Qualification for Consolations will be determined based on horses finishing positions in the heats (excluding horses which have qualified for the Final). In the case of the final qualifying position(s) in the Consolation being determined between two or more horses with the same qualifying position in a heat, the horse(s) with the fastest individual time in the heat will qualify for the Consolation. Should there be less than eight acceptors for any Consolation, the race may not proceed or alternatively may be combined with the opposing age category. In this scenario, barrier draw will revert to preferential barrier draw by sex.

1.  BARRIER DRAW

Barrier draws for the Pacing Heats, Finals and Consolations will be decided by the computer random barrier draw system.

 

Barrier draws for the Trotting Heats and Finals will be decided by the computer random barrier draw system, with preferential barrier draw on sex.

2.  HANDICAPPING AND SCRATCHING PENALTIES

Australian Handicapping Regulations apply to both series of races. Normal scratching penalties apply to both series of races. Rule 195A shall apply to both series of races.

3.  PRIZEMONEY DISTRIBUTION

Prizemoney will be distributed as follows:

Heats

1st = 57%

2nd = 15%

3rd = 10%;

4th = 5%

5th = 3%

Unplaced Runners = 2% each runner (3yo)

                                   2.5% each runner (2yo).

Consolations

1st = 48%

2nd= 15%

3rd = 10%

4th = 7%

5th = 5%

Unplaced Runners = 3% each runner (3yo)

                                   3.75% each runner (2yo)

Grand Finals

1st = 50%

2nd= 15%

3rd= 10%

4th = 6%

5th = 4%

Unplaced Runners = 3% each runner (3yo).

                                   3.75% each runner (2yo)

*The driver’s fee will be deducted from stakemoney as a “first charge”. 

6. BONUSES

 

(1)            WIN BONUSES

A Southern Cross win bonus of $5,000 (or balance of if any Place Bonus has been paid prior to first win) will be paid to an eligible 2YO for its first win in South Australia.

A Southern Cross win bonus of $5,000 (or balance of if any Place Bonus has been paid prior to first win) will be paid to an eligible 3YO for its first win in South Australia.

A Southern Cross win bonus of $4,000 (or balance of if any Place Bonus has been paid as a 2YO or 3YO prior to first win) will be paid to an eligible 4YO for its first win in South Australia provided that a Southern Cross bonus had not been won as a 2YO or 3YO.

A Southern Cross win bonus of $2,000 (or balance of if any Place Bonus has been paid as a 2YO or 3YO prior to first win) will be paid to an eligible 5YO or older for its first win in South Australia provided that a Southern Cross bonus had not been won as a 2YO, 3YO or 4YO.

As an incentive to breed or purchase a South Australian sired horse, an additional bonus of

$1,000 will be paid if the horse is sired by a stallion registered and resident in South Australia at the time of its conception.

 

(2)            PLACE BONUSES

2YO and 3YO horses may be eligible for a Southern Cross Place Bonus, provided they are yet to be paid a Southern Cross Win Bonus in that particular year. The conditions of the Place Bonuses are as follows:

  • $1,500 for a second placing.
  • $1,000 for a third placing.
  • Place bonuses are capped at $3,000 for 2YO’s and $3,000 for 3YO’s.
  • Any horse which wins its first race subsequent to any place bonus(es) being awarded, will be paid the remainder of the prescribed bonus for the relevant age group.
  • Place bonuses can be earnt in any race conducted in South Australia.

 

    (3)      DISTRIBUTION OF BONUSES

            Win bonuses will be distributed as follows: Owner – 80%, Nominator – 10%, Trainer- 5%, Driver – 5%.

     Payments will be forwarded through Harness Racing SA Ltd’s stakes payments system.

*Take note the Nominator is the person(s) who owned the horse at the time it was first made eligible for the Southern Cross Series.

(4)            BREEDER BONUSES

A Southern Cross Breeder Bonus of $500 will be paid to the breeder of each Win Bonus, provided the horse was either:

 

  1. Born and microchipped in SA OR
  2. Bred wholly by residents of SA

   

(5)      LEASE CONDITIONS

            Parties to leases should notate any special arrangements relating to Southern Cross bonuses in the conditions of a lease.  Harness Racing SA Ltd’s lease contains an appropriate reference.

 

7.   ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS

Resultant foals born in 2023-24 from mares served in the 2022-23 breeding season (September 1 2022 to August 31 2023) will be eligible to nominate for the Southern Cross Racing Series as a two and three-year-old and be eligible for Southern Cross bonuses provided one (1) of the following clauses is satisfied and the relevant fees are paid in accordance with the Schedule of Fees prescribed by Harness Racing SA Ltd (Clauses 9 & 10):

  1. 2023-24 SA BRED FOALS

a) The foal was born and microchipped in SA and either the original foal notification or a copy is lodged with HRSA in the foal’s weanling year.

OR

b) The foal is by a stallion that was registered and resident at stud in South Australia at the time the foal was conceived and either the original foal notification or a copy is lodged with HRSA in the foal’s weanling year.

 

  1. 2023-24 SA OWNED FOALS

The foal was born in a State other than South Australia but is owned outright (100%) by a resident(s)* of South Australia and either the original foal notification or a copy is lodged with HRSA in the foal’s weanling year.

In addition, horses must be under the care of a trainer licensed with HRSA, for not less than 60 days prior to being eligible to compete in the Southern Cross Racing Series.

 

*Resident(s) of South Australia is defined as a person whose name appears on the South Australian Electoral Roll. A person may be required to provide proof of eligibility.

   

  1. 2025 SA  TRAINED YEARLINGS

Any yearling can be made eligible for the Southern Cross Series provided the horse is under the care of a trainer licensed with HRSA by  January 1 2026 and must remain SA trained at all times.



 

8. ELIGIBILITY FOR SOUTHERN CROSS RACES IN THE 2024 RACING SEASON

Two and three-year olds which meet the eligibility criteria as advertised by Harness Racing SA Ltd for the relevant foaling year or horses deemed as eligible by Harness Racing SA Ltd provided the relevant fees are paid in accordance with the payment schedule are eligible to nominate for Southern Cross races in the 2024 season.

 9. ELIGIBILITY FEES

Rule

Details

Cost

Sub Rule 1 & 2

Foal Eligibility Fee (by 31st August 2024)

$300.00

Sub Rule 3

Yearling Eligibility Fee (1st January – 30th April 2024) PACER

$725.00

Sub Rule 3

Late Yearling Eligibility Fee (1st July – 31st December 2024) PACER

$2,650.00

  

 

Sub Rule 3

Yearling Eligibility Fee (by 31st December 2024) TROTTER

$300.00

*Note: Fees will be adjusted accordingly should a horse’s gait change from a trotter to a pacer. Adjustment Fee will depend upon time of original entry in Southern Cross Scheme.

 

10. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS – 2024 SEASON

There are two payment options for owners of Southern Cross eligible horses for 2024:

2YO or 3YO Sustaining payments:

Must be met each year to remain eligible in the Southern Cross Racing Series.; i.e. If 2YO Acceptance not paid, then 3YO Acceptance cannot be paid.

Or

 

2024-25 Series Fee:

A “ONE-OFF” fee that can be paid for an eligible 2YO. By selecting this option, a further 3YO payment for the 2025 Series is not required.

*Payment of the ‘Sustaining Payments’ or the ‘Series Fee’ allows horses to remain eligible to win a bonus as a 4 year old or older as per 6(1).

Age

 

Cost

2YO Acceptance

 

$300.00

3YO Acceptance 

$300.00

 or 2024-25 Series Fee

 

$550.00 (for 2YO’s only)

Owners of an eligible 2 or 3-year-old will be invoiced automatically in January 2024 by HRSA if they haven’t already advised  of their intention to withdraw.

Owners that wish to withdraw a horse and not pay the 2 or 3-year-old fee must advise HRSA in writing (or email) no later than 31st December 2023.

Owners of all horses remaining in the series subsequent to 31st December 2023 will be liable for all sustaining payments.

Sustaining payments are non-refundable should a horse become ineligible for any reason subsequent to the payment being made.

*All fees and payments are inclusive of GST.

 

11.  OPEN AGE SOUTHERN CROSS ONLY RACES

 

Throughout the racing season HRSA will program open age races for Southern Cross Horses only. These races will be programmed at varying rating levels or lifetime win levels.

 

These races will be strictly open to eligible Southern Cross horses which have paid all relevant eligibility fees and sustaining fees only. (No further sustaining fees required for 4YO & older horses) 

 

12. PARTICIPATION IN VICBRED PROGRAM

Under an agreement between Harness Racing SA Ltd & Harness Racing Victoria, a Southern Cross horse can also be eligible for the Vicbred Program, provided the owner pays the relevant Vicbred fees  in accordance with the Victorian Schedule of Fees. Please check the Vicbred Conditions to confirm whether your horse is eligible (the majority of Southern Cross horses are).

 

*Any queries on the Vicbred Program should be directed to HRV on (03) 8378 0200.

13. SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Harness Racing SA Ltd reserves the right to make any alteration or amendment to these conditions that it deems necessary for the proper conduct of the Southern Cross Racing Series from time to time.

 

Harness Racing SA Ltd reserves the right to accept any horse as eligible for the series notwithstanding any non-compliance with any condition hereof in respect of that horse, so long as in the opinion of Harness Racing SA Ltd there exist reasonable grounds to excuse the non-compliance.

 

The decision of Harness Racing SA Ltd will be final in respect of any dispute or matter relating to these conditions.