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.
Darley’s General Manager in Victoria, Andy Makiv, said, “This is a terrific initiative by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and Racing Victoria and presents great opportunities for Victorian broodmare owners, racehorse owners and trainers.”
“We are proud to support this program with all our Victorian stallions for the fourth straight year.”
“Racehorse owners, breeders and trainers have been targeting the yearling sales with the aim of having a runner in the inaugural running of the two-year-old race next year.”
“We send a significant portion of our own broodmare band to our Victorian-based stallions with this scheme in mind. There is little doubt it has had a big impact on the Victorian thoroughbred breeding and racing industries.”
The progeny of all VOBIS Sires’-nominated stallions will be eligible to compete in two exclusive races run annually on the Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday, held at Caulfield Racecourse:
The Showdown, a $1 million two-year-old race over 1,200 metres to be run for the first time in April 2019; and
$500,000 three-year-old race over 1,600 metres to be run for the first time in April 2020.
Darley Northwood sires Brazen Beau, Street Boss, Reset and Kuroshio were nominated for the inaugural year of VOBIS Sires in 2015. This means that all their 2016 foals are eligible (if nominated to Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold) to race in the very first edition of the $1 million Showdown next April.