Since the inception of the Met Multiplier in the 2012/13 season a total of 67 pacers or trotters have won the bonus equating to a total pay-out of over half a million dollars.
26 have won the bonus this season. Each bonus is $7,500 with $5,000 going to the owners and $2,500 to the trainer.
Leading the way with eight bonuses is prominent trainer Robert Dunn with his winners taking home an additional $60,000 on top of stakes won. His last runner to earn the bonus was the five year old mare She’s Got It who put her foot in the till on 22 May. Bruce Hutton with five comes in next followed by Mark Jones and Murray Edmonds with three bonuses each.
There are plenty of trainers who have managed to win two Met Multipliers including Mike Austin, John Bromley, Jim Curtin, Kevin Townley, Phil Burrows, Brad Mowbray and John McDermott.
The scheme is designed to encourage trainers to support the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) with a lucrative incentive for the connections.
To earn a Met Multiplier a horse has to start at a NZMTC meeting a minimum of 15 times over a 12 month rolling period and be placed 1st or dead heat for 1st in one of those qualifying starts.
So that means that your horse has 12 months to have the 15 starts and gain one win from when it first starts at a NZMTC meeting. E.g. A horse that has its first start at Addington on 1 June 2015 must have a minimum of 15 starts at NZMTC meetings and be placed first in one of those starts by 31 May 2016. Horses that have had more than 15 starts and are yet to win can still qualify as long as they win a race within their 12 month period and at the same time satisfy the 15-start criteria within that time period.
Full details and conditions of The Met Multiplier Reward can be found under the Racing – Promotions and Incentives section at addington.co.nz or contact Brian, Richard or Colin at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.