The Australian Grand Circuit for Pacers
began in 1977 and was designed to be the showpiece of the Australian Harness Racing
Industry with horses competing from every state within Australia
. In 1992 New Zealand
was admitted and the Circuit was renamed the Australasian Grand Circuit.
The best horses available are brought together to race for very attractive prizemoney. With the associated opportunities for promotion and marketing, this benefits both owners and harness racing clubs as well as the industry overall. In its first season in 1977, total stakemoney for the eight races forming the Circuit was $554,020.
Today total stakemoney has risen to a projected $4,805,000, spread over 16 legs for the Grand Circuit Season in 2005/2006.
The Grand Circuit has eliminated date clashes of major races which so often prevented the best horses from competing against each other to the detriment of clubs and the public.
Points are awarded during the Circuit, five points for a win, two points for second and one point for third. The horse with the greatest number of points is crowned Australasian Grand Circuit Winner. The Australian Harness Racing Council
holds in perpetuity the Australasian Grand Circuit Trophy
on which the name of each Grand Circuit Winner is engraved.
Australasian Grand Circuit Winners