Nominations for the lucrative VOBIS Sires scheme for the 2016 breeding season are now open.
Any stallion standing in Victoria this coming season is eligible to be nominated with their progeny then able to race in the $1.5 million VOBIS Sires race series.
The inaugural season, last year, attracted 54 stallion nominations representing close to 80% of all mare coverings in Victoria during the 2015 breeding season.
These foals, which will start to be foaled down in coming weeks, will be the first eligible to compete in the inaugural VOBIS Sires restricted races to be run on Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday at Caulfield:
- $1 million two-year-old race (1200 metres) to be run for the first time in April 2019; and
- $500,000 three-year-old race (1600 metres) to be run for the first time in April 2020.
VOBIS Sires aims to encourage support of Victorian-based stallions and provide those that do invest in their progeny with the opportunity for very lucrative racetrack returns.
The VOBIS Sires prizemoney is on top of the $20 million on offer through Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.
Funding for VOBIS Sires is jointly provided by Racing Victoria and Victoria’s stallion owners who pay an annual entry fee based on the number of mares served and the stallion’s advertised service fee.
In recent years we have seen some very talented two year olds by Victorian sires including The Big Dance, Flying Artie, Valliano, Prince of Brooklyn, Fontiton and Dalradian among many others.
In the autumn of 2019, Victorian sired horses of this quality will no doubt be targeting the rich $1 million VOBIS Sires 2yo race. And then, the year after, they can aim for the $500,000 3yo race.
In advance of those races, two feature ‘Victorian-sired’ feature races will be held, starting in 2017, on Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday. The two races, part of the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series are:
- $300,000 1200m race for Victorian sired two-year-olds starting next year (2017) & also run in 2018; and
- $300,000 1600m race for Victorian sired three-year-olds to be held in 2018 and 2019.
Once stallion owners submit the nomination form they will be accredited by Racing Victoria to use VOBIS Sires logo for stallion marketing purposes.
There is no upfront cost for a VOBIS Sires nomination. Upon stallion covering statistics being finalised in early 2017, nominators will be sent a invoice for the VOBIS Sires nomination fee for their stallion/s.