The inaugural TBV Industry Consultation Breakfast held on the eve of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale was well attended.
Held on the Friday morning before the sale, Victorian breeders heard from keynote speakers including:
- Simon Vivian – Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager
- Damien Johnston – Tabcorp’s Chief Financial Officer
- Greg Carpenter – Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager, Racing
- Tom Reilly – Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia & Aushorse
James O’Brien, President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, said the industry consultation breakfast was a valuable event for TBV and those in attendance.
“We were provided with some terrific insight into Inglis, Tabcorp and Racing Victoria and how they are striving to enhance racing and breeding in the future,” James said.
“Breeders were particularly pleased to hear from Inglis’ Simon Vivian about potential upgrades to the Oaklands Junction complex.
“From Damian Johnston of Tabcorp, TBV’s principal sponsor, we heard about the current and expected wagering trends and how these impact on returns to racing.
“And breakfast attendees got great insight from Greg Carpenter about key Racing Victoria issues including race programming and VOBIS initiatives.”
“Tom Reilly provided a run-down of key national breeding issues including research and development funding, equine infectious disease matters among other issues.”
“I also provided meeting attendees with details of the review of Super VOBIS. This review is a great opportunity for Victorian breeders to provide input into how we can further improve the $20 million plus VOBIS schemes here in Victoria.
“We will be in communication with TBV members and other breeders in coming days and weeks seeking their thoughts and ideas on VOBIS.”