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NZ bred racing series

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If there is one issue that needs looking at within the industry it is how the NZ series rewards participants. Firstly think of what the purpose of the series is and how it actually works. Presumably the purpose is to support the NZ breeding industry and thus ensure the industry becomes robust enough to stand on it's own without having to resort to importing greyhounds . This makes sense as the sudden downturn in Aus. breeding has proven.

       How is it actually working? I do not have actual figures but my guess is most of the money put forward for the series is shared within say six major players. It is not unusual to see the same kennels chase the NZ series through all the regions  and thus only a small amount of participants are rewarded. There is some merit in that but surely the intention was to promote and encourage people to breed dogs not just support and enable the bigger kennels to dominate.

      A far fairer and productive system was the old one where every NZ bred winner got a bonus. The big Kennels of course would still get the lions share but near every participant would have a chance every meeting. Maybe not exact the same as it was before but a system that gives all NZ breeders a realistic chance.

The second point is the present system virtually excludes some dogs from having any kind of chance. Take the novice series where a maiden having it's first start may have to compete with a dog that has won over twenty races and say $80,000. That is crazy. Have a look at the all of the series races and see how many maidens actually get a go at it. The novice races are full of the stagnating class one dogs. Same applies to a lesser degree in c1& 2.

     

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14 minutes ago, GOM said:

If there is one issue that needs looking at within the industry it is how the NZ series rewards participants. Firstly think of what the purpose of the series is and how it actually works. Presumably the purpose is to support the NZ breeding industry and thus ensure the industry becomes robust enough to stand on it's own without having to resort to importing greyhounds . This makes sense as the sudden downturn in Aus. breeding has proven.

       How is it actually working? I do not have actual figures but my guess is most of the money put forward for the series is shared within say six major players. It is not unusual to see the same kennels chase the NZ series through all the regions  and thus only a small amount of participants are rewarded. There is some merit in that but surely the intention was to promote and encourage people to breed dogs not just support and enable the bigger kennels to dominate.

      A far fairer and productive system was the old one where every NZ bred winner got a bonus. The big Kennels of course would still get the lions share but near every participant would have a chance every meeting. Maybe not exact the same as it was before but a system that gives all NZ breeders a realistic chance.

The second point is the present system virtually excludes some dogs from having any kind of chance. Take the novice series where a maiden having it's first start may have to compete with a dog that has won over twenty races and say $80,000. That is crazy. Have a look at the all of the series races and see how many maidens actually get a go at it. The novice races are full of the stagnating class one dogs. Same applies to a lesser degree in c1& 2.

     

Do they still have the bonuses for dogs winning their first middle distance race? Maybe they could do this with every grade. Give small bonuses to nz bred dogs over the middle distance

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Would having another NZ Breeders Series but doing it as a Regional Breeding Series where only dogs that are breed in that region can enter it be an option or something to look at?

I.E Dogs breed in the CD can only enter, Dogs breed in the ND can only enter & dogs breed in the SD can only enter.

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Too restrictive Gary, there is nothing wrong with raiders going out of their own territory it's what our sport is about.

I just think if you are trying to reward participants that go to the trouble of breeding their own then it should recognise far more dogs and owners and trainers than it does at present.

It is a must that there must be a nz series race for maidens alone. The good thing about doing that apart from making sure maidens actually get selected is there will be a different winner of each one

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