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Pearl Bonuses as South Island Racing Returns
A return to racing in New Zealand's South Island isn't the only thing filly and mare owners will be excited about this weekend. Canterbury Jockey Club's NZB Insurance Pearl Series race (1200m) on 27 June will give Pearl Series registered fillies and mares their first opportunity since the COVID-19 lockdown to secure Pearl bonuses, as well as a one-off incentive for second-placegetters running until the end of this July. According to nzb.co.nz, for the six remaining Pearl Series races of the 2019-20 racing season, NZB Insurance and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing will contribute an extra $3,000 to the owners of Pearl Series registered fillies or mares who finish second in any of the scheduled Pearl bonus races. This will be paid out on top of the usual $11,500 Pearl Series bonus apportioned to owners, trainers and nominators if their registered filly or mare wins the race.