Racing Victoria (RV) and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) have today released the list of nominated stallions for the inaugural year of the $1.5 million VOBIS Sires scheme.
More than 75% of all coverings in Victoria last year were undertaken by the 53 VOBIS Sires nominated stallions. These 2016-born foals will be eligible to compete in the following exclusive races on the annual Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday:
- $1 million two-year-old race over 1200 metres to be run for the first time in April 2019; and
- $500,000 three-year-old race over 1600 metres to be run for the first time in April 2020.
Launched during the 2015 breeding season, VOBIS Sires is an enhancement to Victoria’s respected owner and breeder incentive scheme, VOBIS, and aims to encourage support of Victorian-based stallions and provide those that do invest in their progeny with the opportunity for lucrative racetrack returns.
In the countdown to the inaugural VOBIS Sires race in 2019, the conditions of two feature races on the Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday will transition to being restricted to VOBIS Gold nominated horses sired by Victorian stallions (those classified as ‘Category A’ VOBIS). The two races are:
- $300,000 1200m race for Victorian sired two-year-olds in 2017 and 2018 (formerly the VOBIS Gold Ingot); and
- $300,000 1600m race for Victorian sired three-year-olds in 2018 and 2019 (formerly the VOBIS Gold Reef).
RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said he was pleased with the strong level of support afforded by Victorian stallion owners who are provided with an opportunity to further showcase their progeny via VOBIS Sires.
“The number of nominated stallions for the inaugural year of VOBIS Sires is very pleasing and I want to acknowledge Victoria’s stallion owners for their role in ensuring that our breeding industry remains strong, viable and competitive,” Mr Saundry said.
“Those seeking to purchase or race the 2016 born progeny of these 53 Victorian stallions have a further incentive to do so with eligibility for two VOBIS Sires races offering a collective $1.5 million and we expect to see that reflected in the sales ring over the next two years.
“The Victorian breeding industry continues to grow in stature both nationally and abroad and the introduction of VOBIS Sires further cements Victoria as the state to breed, buy, own and race a thoroughbred.”
TBV President, James O’Brien, said that VOBIS Sires provides breeders with the opportunity to promote the outstanding quality of Victorian-bred horses.
“VOBIS Sires is a fantastic addition to the VOBIS program in Victoria which is now delivering millions of dollars to breeders and racehorse owners,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It is great to see a large number of Victorian stallions signed up to VOBIS sires giving broodmare owners and future buyers a shot at lucrative two and three-year-old races starting in the 2018-19 season.
“Stallion owners invest significantly in Victorian’s breeding sector. Their contribution to VOBIS Sires is much appreciated.
“TBV looks forward to the initial running of the Victorian sired restricted race in April next year when the very best of locally sired two-year-olds will fight it out for a rich $300,000 in bonuses and prizemoney.”
Funding for VOBIS Sires is jointly provided by RV and Victoria’s stallion owners who pay an annual entry fee based on the number of mares served and the stallion’s advertised fee.
Stallion owners will shortly be sent a VOBIS Sires nomination form for the 2016 breeding season to ensure the progeny of this year’s coverings will be eligible for the exclusive races in 2020 and 2021.
Upon receipt of nominations for year two, RV intends to publish a list of those stallions nominated for the 2016 breeding season on or before the commencement of the season on 1 September 2016.
Full details of VOBIS Sires are on the Racing Victoria website.
The 2016-born foals of the following Victorian stallions will be eligible for the inaugural VOBIS Sires:
|Astronomer Royal||Riverbank Farm|
|Can the Man||Spendthrift Australia|
|Canford Cliffs||Blue Gum Farm|
|Feeling High||Sonogan, Geoffrey|
|Fighting Sun||Sun Stud|
|Glass Harmonium||Blue Gum Farm|
|Globetrotter||High Point Lodge|
|Hampton Court||Spendthrift Australia|
|Jimmy Creed||Spendthrift Australia|
|Jungle Ruler||Bombora Downs|
|Khyber Pass||Denise Wallace|
|Lucas Cranach||Bullarook Park Stud|
|Master of Design||Swettenham Stud|
|Oamaru Force||Noor Elaine Farm|
|Puissance De Lune||Swettenham Stud|
|Reward for Effort||Chatswood Stud|
|Rock Face||Jubilee Stud|
|Rock Hero||Lauriston Park|
|Sound Journey||Dr. Alanna.Kirley|
|Starspangled Banner||Rosemont Stud|
|Statue of Liberty||Sun Stud|
|Stryker||Three Bridges Thoroughbreds|
|Toorak Toff||Rosemont Stud|
|Turffontein||Blue Gum Farm|
|Unencumbered||Three Bridges Thoroughbreds|
|Von Costa De Hero||Riverbank|
|War||Blue Gum Farm|
|Warriors Reward||Spendthrift Australia|
|Written Tycoon||Woodside Park Stud|
|Zoustar||Woodside Park Stud|