VOBIS Sires News

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...

April 15, 2019
The Road to Victorian Victory

The recent, high profiled success of Victorian-bred racehorses continues to cement the strength of the industry and the myriad of opportunities available for breeding thoroughbreds in Victoria. However perhaps the greatest testimony to our state’s thoroughbred industry is a statue in the small township of Nagambie. This sentinel in bronze serves as a constant reminder of the greatest Queen in the sport of Kings and, while Black Caviar is only one horse among many thousands bred in Australia each year, she will always remain the archetypal representation of what Victoria has to offer. Black Caviar was bred in Victoria, some...

April 5, 2019
Breeders chasing Showdown Glory

Already arguably the best racing incentive program in the world, the impact of the newly added VOBIS Sires program is soon to be realised with the running of the inaugural 1200 metre $1 million dollar Showdown only a few weeks away. Launched in 2015, the $1.5 million VOBIS Sires program is a significant addition to the already lucrative Victorian Owner and Breeders Incentive Scheme (VOBIS), which rewards the nominator, owner, trainer and jockey of eligible racehorses.   The current Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold programs offers over $24 million annually in prizemoney and bonuses across the Victorian racing calendar, whilst...

April 2, 2019
Owners and breeders prepare for ‘The Showdown’

Caulfield is the place to be on Saturday, 27 April, with more than $2.5 million in prizemoney and bonuses on offer across the nine races on Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day. Featuring the inaugural running of ‘The Showdown’ (1200m), worth a cool $1 million, this year’s Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day will cement its status as one of the most important days on the racing calendar. Seven of the nine races will form part of the Premier Race Series, which is only open to VOBIS Gold-nominated horses. They are headlined by The Showdown, which is exclusive to the...

March 26, 2019
Victorian schemes prove fruitful for Griffiths

Racing has been Robbie Griffiths’ life and passion for more than 20 years. After weight issues forced the successful apprentice jockey out of the saddle, the desire to reach the top echelons of the training ranks was strong. After earning his trainers licence in 1991, Robbie’s hard work, determination and talented horsemanship has seen him in the Top 10 in the Victorian Trainers’ Premiership on numerous occasions. As well as the fantastic facilities at their Cranbourne Training Complex base, Victoria’s Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold schemes have been a key factor in Robbie’s rise to the top. Robbie tailors his...

March 19, 2019
Victorian Raider with lines to Showdown

Having proven himself as a more than capable galloper on the track, Wyndholm Park sire Rebel Raider continues to do a fine job proving himself once again, this time as a more than capable stallion. Initially retired to Carin Park in 2011 before moving to Wyndholm the following year, Rebel Raider is an exceptionally versatile stallion, producing both speed and staying power in his crops. From his first crop at Wyndholm, he had an impressive 76% win or place strike rate (13 from 17 runners), including 2 stakes winners Waging War and Pretty Punk and Group 1 Queensland Derby runner...

March 12, 2019
Showdown looms for Unencumbered

Twelve months ago, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, and the Victorian breeding industry as a whole, lost a promising young stallion in Unencumbered. The son of Victorian sire Testa Rossa died from post-surgical complications after surgery for chondritis, a progressive inflammatory condition of the throat. Prior to his death, breeders had been supportive of the 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner, with the sire covering over 500 mares in his first four seasons at stud. Three Bridges Proprietor Peter Liston, said at the time that while it was sad for all at their Eddington farm, there was optimism his progeny could do...

March 3, 2019
A Brazen attempt for a Showdown

Last year’s announcement of The Showdown attracted a record 60 stallion nominations to the VOBIS Sires program for 2017 from 18 individual Victorian stud farms. Amongst those nominations, Godolphin has shown their support of the initiative by nominating all their Victorian-based Darley stallions. Of the 842 nominations for the inaugural Showdown at Caulfield on 27 April, Darley Northwood sires Brazen Beau, Street Boss, Reset and Kuroshio collectively sired 126 of these. Forty seven of these alone are Brazen Beau progeny, with six sitting in the Top 25 of race ballot order (as at 19/2/19). Darley’s General Manager in Victoria, Andy...

March 1, 2019
Weekend at Robbies