One of Australia’s newest and most fascinating syndicates has made its first move to share in the spoils of Victoria’s $24 million VOBIS scheme.
Micro-syndication business miRunners has this week signed up its recently purchased Zoustar colt to Super VOBIS allowing it to also chase VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney including the $1 million inaugural Showdown 2YO race in 2019.
miRunners employs a new ownership model where the purchase price is split into 1,000 equal units and made available to prospective owners, essentially allowing them to choose their own price point for premium level ownership.
The Zoustar colt (ex Shack) offered at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by Baramul Stud was purchased for $275,000 (incl GST) meaning a single share costs owners $275.
miRunners has placed the colt with the highly successful Lindsay Park. Co-trainer David Hayes is an unabashed fan of VOBIS and the new $1 million Showdown race so will be thrilled to get a colt such as this in his stable.
miRunners Director, Steve Brown, explains that being a son of Australia’s leading first season sire (by earnings), this colt has great commercial appeal, while he was also impressed by his ability to handle pressure at the sale.
“Zoustar was a freakish racehorse and is now a very, very exciting stallion. We were rather pleased to secure our colt on the Wednesday before Sunlight won the Magic Millions (the following Saturday),” Brown noted.
“The Showdown just oozes excitement for miRunners and our owners. We can confidently state that should our Zoustar colt be in The Showdown, rest assured that our (very large) ownership group will ensure the race day atmosphere goes to an entirely new level,” Brown said.
Bidding for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Sires eligible yearlings at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale next week is set to be highly competitive, but miRunners is determined to add more VOBIS Sires eligible yearlings to its portfolio.
“We will certainly be hunting hard at the Premier Sale. With the brilliant incentives in place around The Showdown, and given we aim to buy early runners, yearlings by Victorian sires will now be right in our sweet spot,” Brown explains.
miRunners’ trainer, David Hayes, is another great supporter of the Victorian breeding industry and the VOBIS scheme. He too is sure to be out at Oaklands Junction with an eye on the catchy VOBIS hip stickers.
“We bought a couple of yearlings at the Classic Sale, and we’re looking forward to buying more at Premier. They’ve got to be VOBIS so we can get that $1 million for The Showdown!” Hayes said.
Full details of the Zoustar colt and Mirunners can be found at mirunners.com.