Entain - NZB Insurance Pearl Series Final

About the Entain – NZB Insurance Pearl Series Final

Date: Saturday 30 March 2024

Meeting: Auckland Thoroughbred Racing at Ellerslie Racecourse

Distance: 1400m

Race Type: Benchmark R72 F and M – 1400m ($40,000 Standard Stake)

Eligibility: Open to all horses that are eligible for the Pearl Series. Apprentice Allowances.

Bonus Payments: The total bonus payment is $100,000. This bonus is to be paid to Owners only and is to be spread over 1st, 2nd, and 3rd as indicated below. 

Placing Bonus Payment
1st $70,000
2nd $20,000
3rd $10,000

Pearl Series Revamped

By Entain and NZTR

Entain Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and NZB Insurance have collaborated to provide continued support for fillies and mares racing in New Zealand, with all current Pearl Series bonuses doubled for the 2023-24 racing season.  

The refreshed Series, renamed the Entain - NZB Insurance Pearl Series, saw a boost in bonuses now paid out to Pearl Series nominated horses. The winning Owner will receive a $20,000 bonus, increasing from $10,000, as well as the winning Trainer and Nominator receiving $1,000 each, a $500 increase respectively.

In addition to this, the Owner of the filly or mare that places second will receive a $4,000 bonus (increased from $2,000), with the Owner of the third placegetter earning a $2,000 bonus (increased from $1,000).

Adding further appeal is the creation of a $100,000 Pearl Series Bonus Final to be run in March 2024. The Final will be open to Pearl Series registered horses only, up to five years of age. Southern and Central-based horses who make the Final will also be provided with travel subsidies to compete.

What you need to know? 

  • Up to 100 races per season
  • Each race now carries a total $26,000 stake bonus
  • Trainer and Nominator bonuses have also doubled, now at $1,000 each
  • $100,000 Series Final Race Bonus, run in the Autumn and a travel subsidy for Southern and Central District horses who qualify
  • No increase in nomination costs 
Pearl Series Information
Administered by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, the Entain - NZB Insurance Pearl Series is a bonus scheme for Southern Hemisphere-bred fillies and mares.