Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) welcome the announcement by Racing Victoria today of the new VOBIS Gold Comet on All Star Mile Day with the inaugural running in 2022.

The VOBIS Gold Comet is a new addition to the lucrative VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, which is now worth more than $5.2 million in prizemoney and bonuses across 19 races this season.

The VOBIS Gold Comet a 1000 metre race for sprinters aged three years and older and offers $200,000 in prizemoney and an additional $30,000 in VOBIS bonuses, further enhances the offering to support VOBIS Gold horses.

The new race, which is exclusively for VOBIS Gold-nominated horses, will complement the $200,000 VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m), which was won earlier this year by the Shane Fliedner-trained Air Defence and returns to The All-Star Mile Raceday program in 2022.

Racing Victoria (RV)’s Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said: “The VOBIS program, with the outstanding support of TBV, is going from strength to strength so we are delighted to unveil the new VOBIS Gold Comet and I look forward to seeing some exciting sprinters explode down the famous Flemington straight, which celebrates its 150th year of operation in 2022.

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) President – James O’Brien, said: “I welcome the announcement today from Racing Victoria of the addition of the VOBIS Gold Comet to the VOBIS Gold Premier race series.”

“The support of the Victorian breeding industry from Racing Victoria and the Victorian State Government has always been strong. They continue to show their support, and this is again demonstrated with the new addition of the VOBIS Gold Comet, right on the back of the additional $7.5 million in increased bonuses for the VOBIS Sires program.”

“The Victorian breeding industry has never been better. With an outstanding roster of stallions and continued new investment, Victoria truly is the place to breed a horse. Victoria is the home of the current Australian reigning sire, Written Tycoon and the home of the sire of the world’s fastest sprinter, Nicconi.”

In addition to the VOBIS Gold Comet on All Star Mile day, Racing Victoria have also announced The Mystic Journey, in honour of galloper Mystic Journey.

The Mystic Journey is one of eight races on The All-Star Mile undercard, with the new VOBIS Gold Comet (1000m) for sprinters aged three years and older set to make its debut and two $200,000 quality handicaps – renamed The Regal Power (2000m) and The Mugatoo (1600m) – also featuring on the raceday.

Racing Victoria (RV)’s Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said: “The All-Star Mile is more than just a horse race and given that Mystic Journey cost only $11,000 and went on to win over $4 million in prizemoney throughout her career, her fairy-tale story perfectly encapsulates The All-Star ethos and so it is only fitting that we name a race in Betty’s honour.

“The inaugural running of The Mystic Journey is set to be one of the many highlights on The All-Star Mile Raceday at Flemington next March and, whilst the fourth running of the world’s richest mile will be the showpiece event, we are very pleased with the spread of races on the support card.

“We are now less than three months out from The All-Star Mile and the sense of excitement is already starting to grow, so today’s announcement will only add an extra element to the build-up.”

To read the full press release from Racing Victoria, click here.

With excerpts from Racing Victoria’s original press release.