Great Southern Star Information

Conditions

The Great Southern Star is the richest Trotting race in Australasia. It is held annually in March, and will provide an opportunity for participants to seek invitation to compete on the European Grand Circuit by performing under conditions similar to some of the greatest races in the world.

The ultimate test of speed and endurance, this event will showcase the very best of Australasian Trotting. It is the only event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere with horses racing off in Elimination Heats in order to qualify for a starting place in the Final on the same program.

Total stakes for the event in 2016 will be $400,000.

The event will be contested by the 21 Trotters (inclusive of one common emergency) selected through the following process:

  1. An automatic invitation will be offered to the winner of the following 4 Australasian Trotting Masters Events conducted in the previous 12 months:
  • Anzac Cup (NZ)
  • Rowe Cup (NZ)
  • Dominion Trot (NZ)
  • Australian Trotting Grand Prix (Vic)
  1. An automatic invitation will also be offered to the winner of the following 15 Australasian Group races conducted in the previous 12 months:
  • Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Gold Series Final (Vic)
  • New Zealand Trotting Championship (NZ)
  • Harness Jewels 4YO Ruby (NZ)
  • Vicbred Super Series (4YO Trotting Entires & Geldings) Final (Vic)
  • Vicbred Super Series (4YO Trotting Mares) Final (Vic)
  • Breeders Crown Championship (4YO Trotting Entires & Geldings) (Vic)
  • Breeders Crown Championship (4YO Trotting Mares) (Vic)
  • New Zealand Trotting Free For All (NZ)
  • Bill Collins Trotters Sprint (Vic)
  • National Trot (NZ)
  • Australasian Trotting Championship Final (Vic)
  • Maori Mile (Vic)
  • V L Dullard Trotters Cup (Vic)
  • TAB Trotters Cup (NSW)
  • The Knight Pistol (Vic)
  1. Two invitations will be reserved for horses trained in the Northern Hemisphere in the previous 12 months and may be issued up until the close of nominations at the absolute discretion of Harness Racing Victoria. A wildcard entry may also be issued at the discretion of Harness Racing Victoria.
     
  2. The winners of the following 3 races will be eligible to nominate for any remaining places to contest the event and be exempt from ballot:
  • Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship Final (Qld)
  • South Australian Trotters Cup (SA)
  • Western Australia Trotters Feature (WA)
  1. Any remaining places in the final list of 20 starters (plus one common emergency) will be selected from the list of nominations received by Harness Racing Victoria, based on highest total stakes earned in the period since the conduct of the previous Great Southern Star.

 

Elimination Heats

Two Elimination Heats will be conducted on the same night of the Final to determine the horses to contest the Final later in that program.

Elimination Heats will be a random barrier draw contested over a distance of 1720m.

Each Elimination Heat will carry a total stake of $50,000.

Final Qualification Process

The Final will be contested by ten horses to qualify out of the Elimination Heats.

The winner of each Elimination Heat will automatically qualify for the Final.

The remaining eight places in the Final will be taken by the horses with the eight fastest times from the two Elimination Heats.

Final

The Final will be a random barrier draw contested over a distance of 1720m.

The Final will carry Total Stake of $300,000.

 

Note: The conditions outlined above are not full conditions, and may be subject to change at the absolute discretion of HRV.

For further information on racing your horse in Australasia or contesting the Great Southern Star, contact Vaughn Lynch at Harness Racing Victoria on +61 414 737 248 or vlynch@hrv.org.au

 

7 March 2015

Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Gold Series Final (Vic)

27 March 2015

New Zealand Trotting Championship (NZ)

17 April 2015

Anzac Cup (NZ)

24 April 2015

Rowe Cup (NZ)

30 May 2015

Harness Jewels 4YO Ruby (NZ)

3 July 2015

Vicbred Super Series (4YO Trotting Entires & Geldings) Final (Vic)

3 July 2015

Vicbred Super Series (4YO Trotting Mares) Final (Vic)

28 August 2015

Breeders Crown Championship (4YO Trotting Entires & Geldings) (Vic)

28 August 2015

Breeders Crown Championship (4YO Trotting Mares) (Vic)

17 October 2015

Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship Final (Qld)

10 November 2015

New Zealand Trotting Free For All (NZ)

13 November 2015

Dominion Trot (NZ)

13 November 2015

Bill Collins Trotters Sprint (Vic)

31 December 2015

National Trot (NZ)

9 January 2016

South Australian Trotters Cup (SA)

15 January 2016

Western Australia Trotters Feature (WA)

30 January 2016

Australasian Trotting Championship Final (Vic)

6 February 2016

Australian Trotting Grand Prix (Vic)

13 February 2016

Maori Mile (Vic)

19 February 2016

V L Dullard Trotters Cup (Vic)

28 February 2016

TAB Trotters Cup (NSW)

5 March 2016

The Knight Pistol (Vic)

12 MARCH 2016

GREAT SOUTHERN STAR ELIMINATION HEATS & FINAL