The Victorian thoroughbred breeding industry will be on show this week when more than 500 Super VOBIS-nominated yearlings go under the hammer in Melbourne at the popular Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

A total of 771 yearlings from studs across the country have been catalogued for the sale that has previously produced champions including undefeated superstar Black Caviar, Hong Kong pin-up Sacred Kingdom and seven-time Group 1 hero Weekend Hussler.

Among the yearlings to be offered for sale are close relations to Group 1 stars The Quarterback, Pear Tart and Precious Gem, as well as the progeny of Stakes winning-mares Members Joy, Lady Melksham and Oasis Bloom.

Racing Victoria’s (RV) Racing Operations Manager, Paul Bloodworth, said the sale presented an ideal opportunity for first-time buyers and seasoned owners alike to begin a journey of thoroughbred racehorse ownership in Victoria.

“Inglis have done a tremendous amount of work to position its Premier Yearling Sale as one of the highlights on the Australasian thoroughbred calendar and the catalogue for the 2017 sale boasts some outstanding quality,” Bloodworth said.

“More than 500 of the yearlings for sale have already been nominated for Super VOBIS, which presents owners, trainers and approved syndicate promoters with a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the country’s premier breeding and racing incentive scheme.

“These Super VOBIS-nominated yearlings will be eligible for VOBIS Gold and, in most instances, the newly-introduced VOBIS Sires, with the three schemes collectively set to offer more than $20 million in exclusive prizemoney and bonuses.

“For anyone that hasn’t experienced the theatre of a yearling sale before and wishes to gain a greater understanding about the Victorian thoroughbred breeding and racing industries, I would strongly encourage a visit to Oaklands Junction for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.”

Indeed this Sunday, the first day of the sale in which 150 lots will go through the ring, will again double as an Inglis Open Day, presenting an ideal platform for the thoroughbred racing or breeding novice to rub shoulders with racing royalty and experience an action-packed day at the sales.

Roving RV staff will be on hand across each day of the sale to discuss all aspects of Victorian thoroughbred racehorse ownership, including Super VOBIS, while trainers and owners are also encouraged to visit the new Wellbeing Lounge.

Hosted by RV with the support of the Victorian Government and the Australian Trainers Association, the Wellbeing Lounge is an exclusive marquee adjacent to the sales ring where attendees can take a break from the hustle and bustle of inspections and the sale.

Whether it’s taking a load off with a complimentary bottle of water in the Spelling Paddock’s bean-bag lounge or seeking some support from RV’s Trainer Wellbeing Liaison, there’s something for everyone in the Wellbeing Lounge.

The Cancer Council will have a strong presence in the Wellbeing Lounge with pop-up activations from Sunsmart, QUIT Victoria and LIVELIGHTER, while Diabetes Victoria will also be on hand with valuable health information for attendees.

More information about the Wellbeing Lounge is available here.

The full list of Super VOBIS-nominated yearlings for sale at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale is available via the Quick Reference Guide

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