Breeders and owners have clearly shown their confidence and support of the inaugural Ladbrokes Gold Muzzle Auction, with a final tally of 116 pups to be catalogued for the Auction.
Every leading sire in Australia will be represented at the Auction while the offspring of some of the matrons are amongst the best in Australia and prospective buyers will be spoilt for choice come Auction day at Richmond Racetrack on Sunday, June 23.
"Given the reduced numbers we were working with, this is a sensational result to attract more than 100 of the best-bred stock on the market and we are very appreciative of the support of Breeders and Owners," said Mark Duclos, Managing Director of Gold Muzzle Auctions.
"There will be pups available for sale at the Auction ranging in age from 4 months to the eldest which will be just short of 12 months of age and the prices will obviously be dictated by market forces but no matter what the budget, we are certain all buyers will be well catered for."
All pups sold through the 2019 Ladbrokes Gold Muzzle Auction will be eligible to compete in the Golden Muzzle Race series for which there will be more than $100,000 in total prizemoney with the feature event at Wentworth Park in October 2020 offering $40,000 to the winner of the final.
Duclos said their attention now turns to an advertising and marketing campaign to ensure that Auction Day is a massive success.
"We'll be targeting new owners and syndicates in our advertising messages with our key slogan being 'Greyhound Racing - the affordable way to race a Winner' being utilised in all our electronic media on Sky Racing, on radio and also in print media advertising.
"For way too long now, our industry has been the best kept 'worst' secret of the three racing codes when it comes to affordability and also the potential returns that a greyhound can provide, not to mention that at the end of their racing days, the owners can take them home and have one of the best pets possible - try doing that with a thoroughbred," said Duclos.
Work has now commenced on compiling the catalogue for the 2019 Ladbrokes Gold Muzzle Puppy Auction which Duclos anticipates will be available by May 27 with breeding guru David Brasch providing his comments and opinion of the breeding lines of each litter that is represented at the Auction.
From May 10, GMA will be releasing a weekly video on their dedicated website and through social media which will profile litters to be offered for sale and details are also being finalised for the mini-expo and trainers seminar that will be held on Auction day.
"We're intent on making it an event rather than just an Auction and all the action will be streamed on Facebook Live around the globe," said Duclos.
"We'll have entertainment for the whole family and similar to the Magic Millions Thoroughbred Auctions, there will be VIP options available for buyers with food and beverage packages and priority seating included and those details will also be released in the coming weeks."
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