Spendthrift to sponsor inaugural VOBIS Sires race

Spendthrift Australia, a major and growing international investor in the Victorian breeding industry, has taken on naming rights for the inaugural VOBIS Sires race, run this Saturday at Caulfield.

The two-year-old race, with total prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses of $310,000, will be named the ‘Swear at Spendthrift VOBIS Gold Sires’. It is part of the Victorian Owners and Breeders Day which has total prizemoney and bonuses of nearly $1.9 million and includes six VOBIS Gold Premier races.

“This is a very important day for the Victorian breeding industry with a strong focus on Victorian bred racehorses competing for major prizemoney normally reserved for Group level races,” Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Executive Officer Patrick Clancy said.

“The addition of Spendthrift Australia to the day as a sponsor is very welcome and fitting considering the growing role they are playing in the local industry.”

The lucrative race is exclusively for VOBIS Gold nominated juveniles that are sired by Victorian based stallions (category A of Super VOBIS).

This race is a precursor to the richer VOBIS Sires races which begin in season 2018/2019 and which will be worth $1 million (2yo race) and $500,000 (3yo race)

Spendthrift Australia, owned by Kentucky’s Spendthrift Farm, began operations out of its Romsey base in 2015.

Last week, Spendthrift Australia announced the addition of Swear, a son of Redoute’s Choice to their stallion roster.

New Spendthrift stallion Swear wins the Group 3 Ming Dynasty (Pic-Racing and Sports)

Three year old, well-bred Swear was bought by Spendthrift at the yearling sales and raced by them to a Group 3 win and a Group 1 placing with the Hawkes stable.

“Swear was a stand-out yearling at the sales for us and lived up to his looks on the racetrack,” Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy said.

“We invite everyone to come out to our Romsey farm and take a look at him. They won’t be disappointed!”

“We will also be parading Swear before the races at Caulfield on Saturday in the mounting yard.”

Nominations for Saturday’s six lucrative VOBIS Gold races, for varying ages of horses over a range of distances, close on Tuesday at 12 noon.

Full details about the VOBIS Sires program can be found here.

More information about the Spendthrift Australia stallion roster is on their website or phone Garry Cuddy on 0410 451 595.

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