The late John Hoare and his wife Betty raced numerous VOBIS feature winners but none better than Red Bomber.

The Hoares operated Devon Park Stud at Coldstream and bred Saturday’s VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) winner before John’s death a little over two years ago. TBV member Betty continues to race in their orange and blue colours with Red Bomber a standout earning prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses over $600,000.

Red Bomber (5g Red Ransom – Hanover Fist by Flying Spur) defeated Group 1 star Trust In A Gust in last year’s VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m) at Caulfield and he broke through at Group level in the Group 3 Shaftsbury Avenue Hcp (1400m) at Flemington last month.

The VOBIS Gold Mile was his 11th win in 21 starts for prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses over $600,000.

“He’s a real fighter,” trainer David Hayes said. “He got into a really good rhythm and I was thrilled with the kick and the fight he showed.”

Devon Park topped the Melbourne yearling sale on more than one occasion and its top-class horses included Caledonian Boy (1987 G1 Elders Mile) and Nine Tales (2009 G2 Sandown Stakes).

Through Devon Park Stud, the Hoards have bred the likes of Devon Princess (winner of the VOBIS Gold Classic), Worth A Ransom (VOBIS Gold Eldorado) and Making Mayhem (VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade).

They also bred Lady Of The Pines (Bluebird) which claimed the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in 1997 for former TBV committee member Emma Boling.

Betty Hoare bred Red Bomber’s dam Hanover Fist to Woodside Park sire Zoustar in November.

Unfortunately for Betty and the Lindsay Park operation, Red Bomber was found to have bowed a tendon following the race and now faces an extended period on the sidelines.

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