After the enormous success of the 2020 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, the 2021 Sale has been set for Sunday, 7th February at the Inglis Sales Complex at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne.

The sale will once again be held in conjunction with APG’s Melbourne pacing sale on the Sunday of Victoria’s prestigious A.G. Hunter Cup weekend, which also features the Great Southern Star.

All graduates of the 2021 APTS will be eligible to sustain for Series 3 of the lucrative APTS 3yo Race Series.

Notably, the inaugural running of the APTS Race Series (for 2019 APTS Graduates) is scheduled to be run at Melton in 2021, featuring a pair of $50,000 Group One finals (separate divisions for each sex).

In addition to the APTS Race Series, purchasers at the 2021 APTS will also benefit from APG’s special “sales day futurity” arrangement with HRV that enables purchasers of eligible horses to pay a one-off heavily discounted fee of $1,000 to make their horses fully eligible for:

  • Vicbred;
  • Breeders Crown; and
  • Need for Speed

David Boydell, General Manager of APG, is delighted that APG will be co-ordinating the sale again next year. 

“This will be our third year of involvement with the APTS and the growth in interest and turnover has been impressive.  Hunter Cup weekend is really the ideal time for any vendor of pacers or trotters to be selling to capture the attention of buyers from all over Australia and New Zealand,” Boydell said.

Leading trotting breeder, Duncan McPherson, was equally enthusiastic, explaining: “The Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, since its inception in 2013, has proved to be one of the success stories of the Australian Harness Racing Industry.

“The Pedigrees and quality of the yearlings offered has seen heightened interest and investment in Australia, which is continually being seen as a growing and prosperous industry by the European and Northern American owners and trainers.

“We must seize the opportunity to internationalise and globalise our sport and the APTS 2021 will take us down that path.”

APG is currently preparing sales information packs for prospective vendors, which will be available in late May. 

The APTS entry fee will remain at the low price of $275 (or $330 if vendors do not enter via APG’s Online Entry System), with the following commission charges applying:

  • Sold Lots - 9% commission +GST
  • Passed In Lots (vendor elects not to sustain for APTS) – $220 Flat Fee
  • Passed In Lots (vendor elects to sustain for APTS) – 9% commission +GST on the reserve (capped at $2,750) plus sales day sustaining payment of $770 (although APG will waive the sales day sustaining fee for Lots with a reserve of $10,000 or less).

Entries for all APG Sales are due by 30 June 2020, with online entry via the APG website at being the preferred method of entry.