Fresh from a successful fortnight of action around the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, focus now switches to Melbourne for Sunday’s fifth annual Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.
Known as one of Australasia’s greatest value auctions, the 2017 VOBIS Gold Sale has 243 horses catalogued at the “Oaklands’’ complex at Oaklands Junctions this coming Sunday, April 23.
There have been many success stories to come out of the VOBIS Gold Sale since its inception, none more so than Group 1 stars Malaguerra and Polanski.
Dual Group 1 winner Malaguerra, whose victories include the Darley Classic and BTC Cup, cost just $32,000 in 2013 and has gone on to win $1,609,600 while, a year earlier, Polanski sold for a mere $4000 and went on to win $1,173,565 in prizemoney, including the Group 1 Victoria Derby.
Other star graduates include $3,500 buy Sirbible (winner of $320,559), $17,000 purchase Lucky Liberty (has won $223,550), Beau Rada (cost $26,000 and earner of $346,780) and Perpetual Crisis (has won $228,200 from his $20,000 price tag).
Ducks Crossing stallion Polanski is one of 12 First Season Sires with progeny on offer on Sunday. Other Victorian based freshman sires include Fighting Sun, Fiorente, Kuroshio, Unencumbered, War and Zoustar.
Every yearling offered in the sale is Super VOBIS qualified, making them eligible for millions of dollars of bonuses through the VOBIS incentive scheme. All two and three year-old races in Victoria plus all staying distance maidens contain a bonus of up to $30,000 for Super VOBIS nominated horses.
Further to this, all the yearlings at the sale are also eligible to be nominated for the multimillion dollar VOBIS Gold bonuses for horses of all ages. Only VOBIS Gold horses are eligible to compete in the $3.1 million annual VOBIS Gold Premier race series.
Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian says it is examples such as the aforementioned that highlight the increasing strength of the VOBIS Gold Sale.
“Quality horses continue to come out of the VOBIS Gold Sale and with all the added bonuses available to every yearling entered, it’s become a sale that buyers have included into the ‘must attend’ category,’’ Vivian said.
“The strength and confidence within the industry in Victoria at present is quite extraordinary and there truly has never been a greater time to own a racehorse.
“The catalogue for Sunday’s sale has been deliberately selected to a strict criteria. Our plan was to restrict it to a one-day auction of quality Lots and I have no doubt there is plenty of value and plenty of quality there for prospective buyers.’’
The VOBIS Gold action starts at 10am this Sunday, April 23.