NEXT March when the 30th edition of the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling sale is staged it will mark a significant milestone in the history of standardbred horse auctions in this country
The Bathurst sale is Australia's largest and oldest provincial harness racing auction and one which continues to set records.
The first sale was conducted by Parramatta Livestock, of Sydney auctioneer the late George Aiken, and the Bathurst Harness Racing Club at the Bathurst Showground on April 8, 1990. There were 70 lots catalogued and 43 sold at an average price of $1,528.
Parramatta Livestock conducted the first four sales at Bathurst before handing over the baton to Melbourne auctioneer John Aughey's Bartab Pty Ltd in 1994 and 1995.
Ever since the sale has been conducted by well known Dubbo auctioneer Graeme Board, under the banner of Graeme Board & Company.
In 2015 there were a record 208 lots catalogued and 139 were sold for a sales record $1.22 million.
This year's auction saw records achieved for the highest priced colt and filly at $50,000 respectively.
The 2020 sale will be held for the second time at the Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway.
Graeme Board, who will be on the rostrum for his 25th consecutive sale at Bathurst, is confident of another strong sale.
"I look forward to conducting another successful sale for all our breeder clients," Board said.
Entries for the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale close on December 1.