The continuation of growth in the Victorian breeding sector is the number one item in James O’Brien’s priorities, re-elected President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV).

The TBV Committee, including newly elected members Caroline Duddy and Matthew Tillett, met yesterday with James elected unopposed.

James, who manages the family operation of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Corinella, said he was honoured to continue as TBV President.

“The Victorian thoroughbred breeding industry is on an upwards path. There has been significant international investment in Victoria as well as ongoing investment upgrading by established breeders,” James said.

“And the racetrack success reflects this growth with no less than 8 Group 1 winners this season bred or sired in Victoria.

“It is critical that TBV continues to work closely with racing authorities, sales companies, the state government and other key stakeholders to maximise the returns of Victorian breeders in the sales ring and on the racetrack.

“A key part of this is ensuring VOBIS, the nation’s best breeding scheme, is not just maintained, but also enhanced.

“There are also a number of other keys issues for breeders including horse welfare and investment in research and development among others that the TBV Committee will continue to focus on over the next 12 months and beyond.”

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