The brainchild of the Australian Trainer’s Association (ATA), the Victorian Industry Association Race Day (VIARD), is an annual event held at Cranbourne racecourse. Now in it’s third season, the objective of the day, is for all the associations who are members of Racing Victoria, to get together and celebrate the success of the past year.

There are six associations which are member representatives of Racing Victoria and they are the:

  • Australian Trainers Association (ATA)
  • Australian Jumps Racing Association (AJRA)
  • Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV)
  • Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association (TROA)
  • Victorian Bookmakers Association (VBA)
  • Victorian Jockeys Association (VJA)

This year, VIARD was held on the 29th of November and great support was shown for the initiative by all member associations.

In addition to celebrating the success over the course of the year, the Australian Jockey’s Association, CEO Des O’Keefe, rallied all the associations together to raise funds to support Swan Hill’s Shanae O’Meara, who had been injured in a trackwork incident.

The associations prior to the event were able to contribute over $13,000 to Shanae’s cause and on the night, additional funding was raised, where another $4,000 was raised to add to Shanae’s ongoing medical bills.

Race 4 was the TBV allocated race and was named the Thoroughbred Breeders VOBIS Gold Maiden Plate. In addition to the $35,000 prizemoney on offer, the race carried a Super VOBIS bonus of $12,000 and a VOBIS Gold bonus of $20,000. This brought the total prizemoney for the race to $67,000.

Star Jan, the favourite from the outset, led the nine-horse field to victory with Jake Noonan on board. Crossing the line in dominant fashion, the 3-year-old filly has had eight starts for the Archie Alexander stable, with one win and two placings for her career to date.

The filly sired by Rosemont sire stallion, Starspangledbanner, was also bred by the stud and was offered at the Inglis Classic sale for $10,000 in 2018.

The promising filly has already recouped her buyer’s original outlay five and a half times, to total over $55,000 in prizemoney.

In addition to the prizemoney on offer for race 4, TBV also offered an additional bonus of one VOBIS Gold Nomination, valued at $1,100 to the winner of the race.

Trainer Archie Alexander was delighted with the result for his stable, praising the VOBIS bonuses on offer.

Alexander also praised the VOBIS scheme, by saying that he seeks out the VOBIS logo at the sales, as the bonus scheme is lucrative to existing and prospective clientele.

There is no doubt that we have only begun to see Star Jan shine.