A lucrative carrot awaits the latest crop of talented Victorian-sired two-year-olds with the running of the inaugural $310,000 VOBIS Sires (1200m) on Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday, 22 April 2017, at Caulfield Racecourse.
The race is open to all Super VOBIS ‘Category A’ nominated horses who are also nominated for VOBIS Gold. ‘Category A’ horses are those sired by Victorian-based stallions.
Among the crop of leading Victorian-sired two-year-olds eligible for nomination are unbeaten Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes contenders Blondie and Muraahib, who sit sixth and 10th respectively on the VOBIS Sires Order of Entry.
Talented filly Limestone, who won the Group 3 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) in January, before running a close second in the Group 2 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) last weekend, currently sits atop the Order of Entry.
The Order of Entry, released for the first time last week, features the 42 eligible horses to have won prizemoney (to 16th February) with a string of unraced horses set to stake their claims for a start over the next two months.
The current top 20 two-year-olds in the Order of Entry are by 16 different Victorian sires from 9 different farms (& a broad range of service fees).
With a large amount of juvenile racing over the next 2 months, the order of entry is sure to change and additional Victorian sires/studs will be represented. View the full Order of Entry.
The inaugural VOBIS Gold Sires race will feature alongside five lucrative races in the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series (VGPRS) on Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday.
Nominations for all six races, including the VOBIS Sires two-year-old, will close on Tuesday, 18 April.
RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the VOBIS Sires race on Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday is testament to the depth and breadth of racing talent on offer across the state.
“Racing Victoria is enthusiastic about the first VOBIS Sires race, which builds on the original Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold concepts, and which will provide owners with a fantastic opportunity to claim lucrative prizemoney over and above that already being offered through our schemes,” Carpenter said.
“The staging of the inaugural VOBIS Sires race is the beginning of an exciting three-year period for VOBIS Sires progeny. A $310,000 race for three-year-olds over 1600m will be added to the Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday program in 2018, with a $1 million two-year-old VOBIS Sires race (1200m) added in 2019 and a $500,000 (1600m) race for Victorian-sired three-year-olds in 2020.”
There has been a strong level of support from Victorian stallion owners for the VOBIS Sires concept which was launched in late 2015. A total of 53 Victorian stallions were nominated for the inaugural scheme intake with owners taking the opportunity to further showcase their impressive progeny via VOBIS Sires.
Carpenter further added that the number of nominated stallions for the inaugural year of the VOBIS Sires scheme has been incredibly pleasing and reinforces the strength and viability of Victoria’s breeding industry.