Ryan McEvoy of Rosemont Stud & James O'Brien of TBV Racing Photos
The annual Victorian Breeding Awards were held on July 29 at the Marnong Estate Establishment, which saw Victorian breeding participants come together and celebrate the state’s success, both on and off the track.
A night filled with laughter and celebrations, there were 14 trophies accepted across the night, and this would not have been able to be done without the big help from our sponsors.
Hosted by TAB’s brilliant media personality Jaimee Rogers, the night kicked off with the presentation of our four Racing Victoria VOBIS Awards, the first being our Nominator and Owner of the Year. Godolphin were the recipients of both awards thanks to their powerhouse racing and breeding operation, and the continued support of the VOBIS program.
Champion trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace were awarded the VOBIS Trainers Of The Year, striking multiple times throughout the VOBIS season and reaping the rewards on offer, while She Dances was the VOBIS Horse Of The Year, winning two feature VOBIS Gold races across the season.
With just four broodmares, Peter Raftapoulos bred three stakes horses including Hong Kong superstar Beauty Eternal who has claimed over $2.3 million in earnings. An outstanding effort from Peter saw him claim our KER & Barastoc Leading Victorian Small Breeder.
The younger Victorian stock were a big part of our awards night, with star Godolphin filly Exploring, by Darley’s Brazen Beau, taking out the Inglis Champion Victorian Bred 2YO. Rosemont’s first award of the night was the Surewise Champion Victorian Bred 3YO, where Ryan McEvoy accepted the award for Fashion Legend who took out the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate and Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in January.
The IRT Champion First Season Sire was awarded to ex-Swettenham Stud shuttler Sioux Nation, having sired six winners from his first 10 runners. An outstanding start for a sire who was a three-year-old Group 1 winner and who’s progeny is expected to improve into the new season. IRT also sponsored the Champion Victorian Stallion Award, won by Yulong’s Written Tycoon for the eighth time in his career.
Godolphin’s late mare Jerezana was awarded the Avenel Equine Hospital Champion Victorian Broodmare, while her foal Zapateo was awarded the TAB Champion Victorian Bred Racehorse. Zapateo is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 place getter Osborne Bulls, and this season, the she recorded four stakes wins and two Group 1 placings.
Rosemont claimed their second trophy of the night when awarded the TAB Champion Victorian Breeder, having bred Group 1 performers Pounding and North Star Lass, while the likes of Legacies and Fashion Legend are their future stars of the Australian turf.
The first feature award of the night, the Stud Staff Support Line Award was won by Burnewang’s Emma Todd. Emma is the co-Stud Manager of Burnewang, a farm that recently sold a Frankel filly at the Inglis Great Southern Sale for over $900,000, topping the sale. Emma is passionate in industry research and was both shocked and ecstatic to be awarded the Rising Star Award.
The Inglis Service To Industry Award is about rewarding someone’s dedicated services to the Victorian breeding industry, and that recipient was Mike Becker. An influential figure on Victorian Breeding, Mike has a long history in the state and having opened Stockwell Thoroughbreds with his son Brodie, Mike has shown his dedication to Victoria and ensuring that his family name and legacy will continue to enhance Victoria’s breeding industry for years to come.