June 2018

June 21, 2018
First season VOBIS Sires all quality

With the inaugural running of the $1 million Showdown just around the corner, it’s little wonder the opening of VOBIS Sires has already attracted a record number of stallion nomination, 61 in fact. And, perhaps most interesting is the quality of first season sires signed up to VOBIS’ newest benefits program. No less than nine newcomers have been signed up. They are Boulder City, Gold Standard, Highland Reel, Impending, Inference, National Defense, Overshare, Thronum and Tosen Stardom. That means all their progeny can have a shot at the $1 million Showdown, the $500,000 VOBIS Sires race for 3YOs and for...

June 21, 2018
Impending and Brazen Beau headline VOBIS Sires nominations

Godolphin has shown its support for the VOBIS Sires initiative having nominated all their Victorian-based Darley stallions for the 2018 season. That gives all of their progeny a shot at the $1 million Showdown, a race exclusively for two-year-olds by VOBIS Sires nominated stallions. All progeny of these stallions can also access the $24 million on offer through VOBIS bonuses and VOBIS prizemoney each and every year. Leading first-season sire Brazen Beau and Lonhro’s dual Group 1 winner Impending head the list of eligible Darley stallions nominated this year. Darley’s General Manager in Victoria, Andy Makiv, said, “This is a...

June 13, 2018
Another record for VOBIS Sires nominations

As the clock ticks down to the running of the inaugural $1 million Showdown race at Caufield (325 days to be exact), Victorian stud farms have been busily nominating their stallions to VOBIS Sires for the upcoming breeding season. With VOBIS Sires nominations only opening last month, 60 stallions have already been nominated for the 2018 scheme. This matches last year’s record level of 60 stallions nominated with several more nominations still expected to be lodged. The 60 stallions nominated have been lodged by 18 individual Victorian stud farms and represent a full range of pedigrees, service fees and racetrack...

June 4, 2018
Kerrie Valley at the centre of VOBIS brilliance

The win of Mahamedeis in the $310,000 Spendthrift Australia 3YO VOBIS Sires race over 1600 metres at Caulfield on Saturday shows that often in the world of thoroughbred breeding the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The son of Magnus was born and raised on the rich, undulating pastures of Yallambee Stud in the Kerrie Valley. His sire even spent his early breeding barn days at the stud. These days Yallambee, previously run by Christie and Rick Woodard, is under the auspices of the race’s sponsor, Spendthrift Australia. Yallambee’s Christie Woodard was thrilled to see the highly promising galloper...

June 4, 2018
These VOBIS Sires youngsters are Classics!

The inaugural draft of VOBIS Sires yearlings moves to the magnificent surrounding’s of Inglis’ new Riverside Stables for the upcoming Classic Yearling Sale. 36 youngsters eligible for Victoria’s exciting new $1 million Showdown will go under the hammer. They are by the likes of boom stallions Written Tycoon and Zoustar alongside champions Reward For Effort and Magnus. In total 13 VOBIS nominated sires are represented at the sale. VOBIS Sires yearlings not only get a ticket into the inaugural $1 million Showdown, they also get to race for $23.5 million on offer through the entire VOBIS program of races in...