Warrnambool iron-horse Burning Front collected another lucrative bonus with a front-running victory in the VOBIS Gold Star (1514m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
The Darren Weir trained gelding has won 10 races and $451,460 boosted by several VOBIS bonuses.
In fact, more than $197,000 of the gelding’s earnings have come from VOBIS bonuses or VOBIS Gold prizemoney demonstrating the absolute need for breeders to nominate their horses to Super VOBIS (2014 foal nominations are due by February 1st. Further details at: owner.racing.com)
Weir said the Super VOBIS bonuses have been his target with Burning Front. The Primus gelding has raced at least once every month since last March and has only missed a place once while graduating from a Benchmark 64 sprint at Ballarat.
“It’s a terrific scheme and we set him for today’s race after he won the (VOBIS Gold) Bullion at Pakenham in November. It’s very good prizemoney and a terrific incentive, for sure.”
This type of racing program is one the premier Ballarat trainer is familiar with, as he is also the trainer of dual Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust who has won two VOBIS Gold Premier races and been placed in a further three such races.
Weir said he will now aim Burning Front at the G3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield on February 13.
Managing part-owner Justin Lovatt also stands his sire Primus at Stonehurst Farm in Strathbogie.
“We are just blessed racing Burning Front,” he said.
“He’s as honest as the day is long as has such a great constitution.
“Primus has plenty to offer owner-breeders,” Lovatt added.
“He’s by champion stallion Flying Spur and his progeny that we’ve bred and raced have all displayed above average ability.”