Racing Victoria (RV) is reminding all owners that nominations for Victoria’s lucrative owners and breeders’ inventive scheme, VOBIS Gold, close today – Thursday, 31 August 2017.
Eligible horses will be able to compete for a share of over $8.5 million in VOBIS Gold prizemoney and bonuses annually, spread across more than 250 bonus races and 18 feature races as part of the exclusive VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series.
For a one-off nominal fee of $1100, connections can nominate this year’s crop of two-year-olds (2015-born foals) for VOBIS Gold, as well as lodge late nominations for Super VOBIS before tomorrow’s 5pm deadline.
Any eligible horse not yet nominated for Super VOBIS can still do so today (and then also nominate for VOBIS Gold) but late nominations apply.
Since RV introduced the VOBIS Gold scheme back in the 2012-13 racing season, $45 million in VOBIS prizemoney and bonuses has been paid out across 893 VOBIS Gold bonus races, 58 VOBIS Gold Premier Races and 3,248 Super VOBIS bonus races.
RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said it has been encouraging to see the continued support of Victorian breeders, owners and trainers investing in VOBIS, which is enabling RV to expand the program each year.
“In 2012-13, we conducted 78 races with a total of 734 runners competing in the VOBIS Gold bonus and Premier Races Series programs. Fast-forward to the 2016-17 racing season, and the number of races conducted (272) and starters competing (2,755) have more than tripled,” Carpenter said.
“We have been able to achieve this growth through the continued support of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), and the evolution of innovative race programs such as the Premier Race Series and the new VOBIS Sires races – the latter of which will be run on the fourth annual Victorian Owners’ and Breeders’ Raceday at Caulfield next April.”
As well as hosting the second edition of the $310,000 VOBIS Sires (1200m) for two-year-olds, the Victorian Owners’ and Breeders’ Raceday will also feature the running of the inaugural $310,000 three-year-old VOBIS Sires (1600m).
Eligible horses must be both Super VOBIS ‘Category A’ and VOBIS Gold nominated to compete in the 2018 VOBIS Sires races, meaning they must be sired by Victorian-based stallions.
The 2018 VOBIS Sires races are part of the 2017-18 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, which starts with the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) on Ballarat Cup Day – Saturday, 25 November.