As the clock ticks down to the running of the inaugural $1 million Showdown race at Caufield (325 days to be exact), Victorian stud farms have been busily nominating their stallions to VOBIS Sires for the upcoming breeding season.

With VOBIS Sires nominations only opening last month, 60 stallions have already been nominated for the 2018 scheme. This matches last year’s record level of 60 stallions nominated with several more nominations still expected to be lodged.

The 60 stallions nominated have been lodged by 18 individual Victorian stud farms and represent a full range of pedigrees, service fees and racetrack performances.

All progeny of these stallions from the coming season’s matings will be eligible to race in the annual $1 million Showdown race for 2YOs and $500,000 VOBIS Sires race for 3YOs. They also get to race for their share of $24 million in VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney on offer every racing season.

This year’s nomination list so far includes a fantastic group of Victorian first season stallions including Boulder City, Gold Standard, Highland Reel, Impending, National Defense, Overshare, Thronum and Tosen Stardom.

Other newcomers to the VOBIS Sires nominations list include returned or relocated top quality sires such as Artie Schiller, Bel Esprit and Sepoy. They of course join Victoria’s leading sires including Written Tycoon, Magnus, Reward For Effort and Manhattan Rain among others.

The first crop of VOBIS Sires yearlings have been selling throughout Australian and New Zealand auction rings over the past five months and have already pricked the ears of major buyers.

Yearlings emblazoned with the VOBIS Sires hip sticker proved a major lure for some of the most prominent members of Victoria’s buying bench among them David Hayes, Brad Spicer and Natalie Young.

“It was a real bonus. It made me bid over $200,000. If it didn’t have those bonuses on it, I wouldn’t have paid that much.” – trainer David Hayes after buying a Magnus colt at Inglis Premier.

“We’re all targeting these VOBIS Sires horses.” – syndicator Brad Spicer after the Premier Sale.

“It’s a great incentive for owners. I think going forward it’s something to our owners and new clients ‘come and try a $1 million race with us.’” – trainer Natalie Young (Busuttin Racing)

VOBIS Sires yearlings were bought at every major yearling sale in every state of Australia as well as New Zealand with the likes of Gai Waterhouse, Darren Weir, Tony McEvoy, Chris Waller and Mick Price all finding one or several which could have a crack at the inaugural $1 million Showdown. Prominent buyers such as the China Horse Club, Godolphin and James Harron Bloodstock also snapped up a VOBIS Sires yearling or two.

The full list of Victorian stallions nominated for VOBIS Sires in 2018 can be found below, or by visiting the 2018 nominations listing at

For those stallion owners who have not yet nominated, it’s not too late! Nominations are open until 31 August. Contact Racing Victoria at or phone (03) 9258 4694 to request a nomination form. Nomination is the cost of an advertised service fee with discounts for stallions serving less than 50 mares in the season.

Full information about VOBIS Sires and The Showdown for breeders, buyers, owners and stallion owners, can be found at

StallionStudService Fee (incl. GST)
Artie SchillerStockwell Thoroughbreds$13,200
Bel EspritSun Stud$11,000
Boulder CityRiverbank Farm$5,500
Brazen BeauDarley Northwood$38,500
Cable Bay (IRE)Woodside Park Stud$13,200
ClusterLarneuk Stud$6,600
Crowded HouseWyadup Valley Farm$5,500
De GaulleBombora Downs$5,500
Fighting SunSun Stud$15,400
Fiorente (IRE)Sun Stud$17,600
Frosted (USA)Darley Northwood$33,000
Glass HarmoniumBlue Gum Farm$5,500
Gold StandardSpendthrift Australia$7,700
Hampton CourtSpendthrift Australia$5,500
Highland Reel (IRE)Swettenham Stud$16,500
HollerDarley Northwood$11,000
Illustrious Blue (GB)Glen Eden Thoroughbred Agistment$2,750
ImpendingDarley Northwood$22,000
Jimmy Creed (USA)Spendthrift Australia$8,800
Jungle RulerBombora Downs$2,750
KuroshioDarley Northwood$5,500
Last TyphoonBullarook Park Stud$4,400
Love Conquers AllSun Stud$8,800
Lucas Cranach (GER)Bullarook Park Stud$5,500
MagnusSun Stud$19,800
Manhattan RainBlue Gum Farm$19,250
MosheSun Stud$5,500
National Defense (GB)Sun Stud$11,000
NostradamusRosemont Stud$8,800
OvershareSpendthrift Australia$15,400
PalentinoSun Stud$17,600
PolanskiDucks Crossing$5,500
Ready For VictorySun Stud$6,600
Rebel DaneSwettenham Stud$9,900
RedenteRiverbank Farm$3,850
ResetDarley Northwood$13,750
Reward For EffortChatswood Stud$16,500
Rich EnuffWoodside Park Stud$12,100
Rock HeroLauriston Park$4,950
San PadreGrandview Thoroughbreds$3,000
Scintillo (GB)Glen Eden Thoroughbred Agistment$3,300
SepoyDarley Northwood$11,000
SkilledRiverbank Farm$3,300
SquamosaSun Stud$6,600
StarcraftRosemont Stud$8,800
Street Boss (USA)Darley Northwood$27,500
SwearSpendthrift Australia$5,500
ThronumSun Stud$17,600
Toorak ToffRosemont Stud$5,500
Toronado (IRE)Swettenham Stud$22,000
Tosen Stardom (JPN)Woodside Park Stud$19,250
Trust In A GustSwettenham Stud$6,600
TurffonteinBlue Gum Farm$8,800
Von Costa De HeroRiverbank Farm$2,200
WarBlue Gum Farm$6,600
Warhorse (NZ)Bombora Downs$7,700
Warrior's RewardSpendthrift Australia$7,700
Wayed ZainRiverbank Farm$2,200
Wolf CryLarneuk Stud$4,400
Written TycoonWoodside Park Stud$110,000
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