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October 6, 2021
VICTORIAN STALLION’S MAKE THEIR MARK IN STAKES RACES

Incentivise ridden by Brett Prebble wins the TAB Turnbull Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on October 02, 2021 in Flemington, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos) It was a case of winners all around the country for Victorian based stallions in stakes races last Saturday as it reinforced the quality of sires on offer in the state. Victorian stallions produced eight stakes’ winners on Saturday, including two at Listed level and one each at Group 2 and 3. They won three of the four Group 1 races on offer across Australia. And at the Australian home of racing – famed Flemington – Danny...

September 21, 2021
$7.5 MILLION BOOST FOR VOBIS SIRES

Ben Hayes with Finance Tycoon after winning the The Showdown at Caulfield Racecourse on April 17, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos) Racing Victoria (RV) and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) are pleased to announce a $7.5 million boost to the VOBIS Sires program. The $7.5 million will be offered in the form of $30,000 vouchers on top the $20,000 VOBIS Gold bonus, exclusively to the winning owners of VOBIS Sires horses across the 250 VOBIS Gold bonus races run throughout Victoria. The vouchers may be utilised by the winning owners to purchase the progeny of a VOBIS Sire at...

March 31, 2021
UNBEATEN STARRY LEGEND NOW AIMS FOR THE SHOWDOWN

Starry Legend after winning the Apiam Animal Health VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo Racecourse on March 27, 2021 in Bendigo, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos) Exciting two-year-old Starry Legend was headed to the paddock after remaining unbeaten from his two starts with another exciting victory in the VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo on Saturday. But after realising that the Victorian bred colt is eligible for the $1 million The Showdown (1200m) at Caulfield on April 17, Caulfield trainer John Sadler said Starry Legend’s spell in the paddock will now be a short one. Starry Legend, a $500,000 purchase by Sadler...

October 7, 2020
THE SHOWDOWN HEADS FOR LISTED STATUS

Khoekhoe ridden by Fred W Kersley wins the The Showdown at Caulfield Racecourse on April 18, 2020 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos) Above: Khoekhoe ridden by Fred W Kersley wins the The Showdown at Caulfield Racecourse (Pat Scala/Racing Photos) Already offering massive prizemoney, The Showdown could soon be rewarded with the standing many believe it deserves with support growing to give the race Listed status. The key race in the annual Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day at Caulfield in April, The VOBIS Sires Showdown for VOBIS sires-nominated two-year-olds was launched in 2019 with $1 million in prizemoney. The...

August 21, 2020
KHOEKHOE WINS THE SHOWDOWN

Khoekhoe ridden by Fred W Kersley wins the The Showdown at Caulfield Racecourse on April 18, 2020 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos) A chance encounter about five years ago, was the beginning of the story of Khoekhoe (pronounced qwey-qwey) winning the coveted Showdown crown on Saturday. Susan Keating of Liverpool Farm and Daniel Nevill of Hollylodge Thoroughbreds could never have imagined that their encounter would lead to the win on Saturday. Susan is the owner of Liverpool Farm in Strathbogie, where she has a broodmare band of about 10 mares. Daniel is the owner of Hollylodge Thoroughbreds in Avenel....

August 21, 2020
VAINSTREAM TOO SLICK IN VOBIS GOLD DASH

Vainstream ridden by Noel Callow wins the Spendthrift Australia VOBIS Gold Sprint at Caulfield Racecourse on April 18, 2020 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos) Vainstream ridden by Noel Callow wins the Spendthrift Australia VOBIS Gold Sprint at Caulfield Racecourse (Pat Scala/Racing Photos) John Pascoe knew straight away that there was something he really liked about a filly that was about to go under the hammer at the March Inglis Thoroughbred Sale in 2007. He admits he first spotted Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell casting his eye over the filly which was by the rarely used Japanese stallion Yasey. Pascoe, a...

August 21, 2020
NOONAN GIVES GLOWING PRAISE TO BIG VOBIS DAY AFTER FLORENT WIN

Florent after winning the The VOBIS Sires Guineas at Caulfield Racecourse on April 18, 2020 in Caulfield, Australia. (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos) Jubilant Mornington trainer Tony Noonan has given a glowing endorsement to the Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day at Caulfield. Noonan’s three-year-old filly Florent, won the VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m) starting at $51 and was ridden by his son Jake. Florent is by Sun Stud’s Melbourne Cup winning stallion Fiorente (IRE). “You could not highlight it enough for Victorian people, breeders, trainers, owners and jockeys,” remarked Noonan. “They all get their little snip of the ticket out of it....

August 21, 2020
SUN STUD HEADLINES THE VOBIS RICHES

Flinders River ridden by Craig Williams wins the Brendan Dart VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield Racecourse on July 25, 2020 in Caulfield, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos) On Saturday the 25th of July 2020, it was Sun Stud who made headlines with their sires winning the VOBIS Gold Ingot and the VOBIS Gold Stayers at Melbourne Racing Club. The VOBIS Sires program was launched in 2015 as an addition to the VOBIS incentive scheme. The scheme was designed to reward the breeder, owner, trainer and jockey of eligible racehorses. It is considered a world-leading incentive scheme for those who invest and...

May 23, 2019
Swettenham’s Toronado Showdown Prince

In a well-deserved victory for a sire who has promised so much, Prince Of Sussex not only showed up; he took out the inaugural running of the Showdown in brilliant fashion. For Mornington trainer Matt Laurie, the $1 million-dollar Showdown race was always the Grand Final, and although the pressure was on, Prince Of Sussex certainly didn’t disappoint. “I think he’s an extremely smart horse, and people would have seen that he worked only fair here on Tuesday, but he’s a game-day horse and you always feel there’s plenty left under the tank.” Matt Laurie said. “They don’t always have...

April 24, 2019
Showdown attracts stellar field

The field of the inaugural Showdown has been finalised, with 16 VOBIS Sires two-year-olds set to chase the $1 million purse this Saturday at Caulfield’s Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday. Named after the legendary stallion of the 1970s, The Showdown is only open to the two-year-old progeny of Victorian-based stallions nominated for the VOBIS Sires Race Series. Twelve Victorian stallions are represented in The Showdown, from seven Victorian studs. Darley Northwood has the most representatives, with four, followed by Sun Stud with three. The impressive field is headlined by Hightail, trained in Sydney by the father-son partnership of Peter and Paul...