Victorians, history makers – The VOBIS Sires ballot orders released!

Victorians have long been history makers and in 2019 this was never truer when the Matt Laurie trained, Prince of Sussex took out the inaugural Showdown at Caulfield.

Bred by Victoria’s Chris Jackson, he was sired by Swettenham sire Toronado. Laurie who targeted Prince of Sussex at the lucrative race, took home his portion of the $1-million-dollar prize money when the gelding hit the line at Caulfield.

Chris Jackson, the breeder of Prince of Sussex was absolutely elated on the day and couldn’t believe what had just occurred. Jackson still owns the mare Il Diamante and it’s safe to say that she will have a lifelong home with Jackson.

Connections of Prince Of Sussex after winning the Ladbrokes Showdown at Caulfield Racecourse on April 27, 2019 in Caulfield, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

“I’ve only got the one mare, Il Diamante, and she has two winners from two to race,” Jackson explains.

“I was a part-owner in Diamond Cove too, also trained by Peter Moody. I was keen to breed from her but couldn’t buy out the other partners, so I bought into her daughter Il Diamante which was also trained by Moods. She won a race, but had leg problems and, once retired, I managed to buy her out.

Adam Sangster of Swettenham Stud commented that, “The great thing about this race is the Victorian breeders have contributed to it. There’s a lot of progressive young sires in Victoria.”

“The Showdown is all about up and coming stallions and, while there were a lot of established sires with progeny in the race, a first season stallion has managed to pull off the big win.” He said.

Toronado who stands at Swettenham Stud

With the first ballot order released last week for this year’s edition, the countdown to the inaugural VOBIS Sires Showdown is well and truly on. At Caulfield on Saturday 18 April, a field of eligible Victorian-bred two-year-olds will contest over 1200 metres for the $1 million prizemoney on offer. Additionally, for the first time, the three-year-old VOBIS Sires Guineas worth $500,000 to be run over 1600 metres.

To be eligible for the race, the contestants must be the progeny of a Victorian stallion nominated to the VOBIS Sires program, as well as nominated for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold. The announcement of this new race caused quite a stir at the yearling Sales, as trainers and syndicators battled it out in the sale ring for the chance to take home an eligible yearling.

With over 800 incentivised races now firmly cemented into the Victorian racing calendar, the VOBIS program enhances the desire and encourages participants to breed and race in Victoria. The millions of dollars in additional bonuses and prizemoney is offered across a range of race types, distances, benchmarks and age brackets. The VOBIS Sires initiative was first introduced in 2014 to provide those that support and invest in Victorian-based stallions the opportunity for lucrative returns.

The Showdown ballot order, which allocates the nominations based on prizemoney earned, is looking like a fairly open one at this stage. The top ten so far has seen Darley earn four slots with their sire Brazen Beau featuring with Ideas Man (Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace), Conceited (James Cummings), Larimer Street (Busuttin Racing) and Arctic Ice (Ellerton Zahra Racing). One-time shuttler, Night of Thunder is also represented by two horses, A Beautiful Night (Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace) and River Night (Ellerton Zahra Racing) and finally exciting two-year-old Hanseatic sired by Street Boss is represented within the top ten. Woodside’s Written Tycoon is represented by two promising gallopers in Ole Kirk(Hawkes Racing) and Bartley (Snowden Racing).

The inaugural three-year-old VOBIS Sires Guineas order of entry sees the top ten being represented by Swettenham sire Puissance de Lune who has two trained by Mitch Freedman, in Moonlight Maid and Southern Moon. The sire of last year’s Showdown is represented by a daughter of Toronado, in the Greg Eurell trained Sassy Salitage.

Another galloper in the top ten to watch is the Henry Dwyer trained La Falaise, who is sired by Canford Cliffs who used to stand at Blue Gum Farm. The filly dead-heated in the Group 2 Fillies Classic at The Valley in October, has amassed slightly over $220,000 in prize money in her career.

The final fields will become more apparent over the coming weeks, with many of the nominees heading to the racetrack. As we countdown towards the Showdown, stay up to date with all the information on our TBV social media platforms.

While the Showdown and the VOBIS Sires Guineas will be the feature races on Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day at Caulfield on Saturday 18 April, there is no doubt history once again will be made.

To find the complete order of entry for The 2020 VOBIS Sires Showdown, click here.

To find the complete order of entry for The VOBIS Sires Guineas, click here click here.

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