Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria has made numerous advances during 2014 including a drive that’s doubled its financial membership.
President James O’Brien reflected on a series of improvements for the local breeding industry this week. “The most important in the last twelve months has been the significant upgrades to VOBIS. It’s the most lucrative incentive in Australia and having a horse like Trust In A Gust progress through VOBIS Gold to a Group 1 victory has been a real plus for the Scheme.
“Our relationship with Racing Victoria is stronger than ever with regular meetings to improve and further develop VOBIS,” O’Brien said. “And we’re looking forward to working with the new Racing Minister Martin Pakula.”
TBV also leads the other States with an innovative and up-to-the-minute website and a newsletter that’s reaching a bigger audience week by week.
The website receives an average of 2,500 visits every month and its social media followers on FaceBook and Twitter have more than doubled this year.
TBV has also attracted major sponsors like IRT, CEPA Farm Supplies, Mitchelton Wines, Slickpix and Condo’s Horse Transport.
“The TBV committee works very hard on a voluntary basis and many of them are breeders who have invested in new stallions for the State,” O’Brien added. “The Melbourne Premier yearling sale in March will have 8 first-season sires that are based in Victoria.”
Among the newcomers are Anacheeva (Chatswood), Canford Cliffs (Blue Gum), Helmet (Darley), Ilovethiscity (Larneuk), Moshe (Eliza Park International), Master Of Design (Swettenham), Skilled (Darley) and Toorak Toff (Rosemont).
And in a further boost, Victoria will host the last two winners of the stallion-making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in 2015 – Brazen Beau (Darley) and Zoustar (Woodside Park).
The last Coolmore Stakes winner to stand in Victoria was Encosta de Lago.
“The outlook for Victoria’s breeding industry has never been better,” O’Brien promised. “But TBV needs everyone on board and I would encourage all non-members to sign up in the New Year.