The VOBIS Sires sticker has caused great excitement in the sales ring.
Trainers and syndicators looking to race in Victoria are actively seeking horses nominated to the VOBIS Sires programme and with the introduction of the VOBIS Sires Guineas race, this makes the programme even more enticing. The returns for investing in VOBIS Sires eligible yearlings has been astounding and they are highly sought after.
The VOBIS Sires program was launched in 2015 as an addition to the VOBIS incentive scheme which was designed to reward the breeder, owner, trainer and jockey of eligible racehorses. It is considered a world-leading incentive scheme for those who invest and race Victorian bred thoroughbreds.
There are over 800 VOBIS races in the Victorian racing calendar providing participants with lucrative opportunities to gain their share in the VOBIS bonuses.
“VOBIS is an outstanding scheme that we are lucky to have, and we should be very positive about it” said Tony Noonan
following Florent’s win in the inaugural VOBIS Sires Guineas.
This year the first running of the VOBIS Sires Guineas took place at Melbourne Racing Club for the progeny of VOBIS Sires eligible three-year-old’s over 1600 metres offering prizemoney of $500,000.
This alongside the Showdown is part of the VOBIS Gold Premier race series which offers over $4.65 million in prizemoney and bonuses.
It is an opportunity to showcase the quality of the Victorian breeding industry with the much-anticipated race card.
This year, we saw the talented daughter of Sun Stud’s Fiorente, Florent win the VOBIS Sires Guineas.
Trained by Tony Noonan, Florent was purchased at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale for $22,000 and after ten starts with two wins and three placings has amassed $284,904 in prizemoney. This level of prizemoney would only be possible with the rewarding bonuses of the VOBIS incentive scheme.
“It’s amazing what good draws can do. She drew well, got into a good forward position and you wanted to be on her a long way out. She’s a quality filly on the way up, we just haven’t seen the best of her” remarked Tony Noonan
In last year’s inaugural VOBIS Sires Showdown, Prince of Sussex made history in Victoria. Bred by Victorian’s Chris Jackson and sired by Swettenham Stud’s Toronado.
This year also made history and it was a son of Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein, Khoekhoe who made history winning the Showdown.
Trained by Ballarat’s upcoming trainer Matt Cumani with the stables apprentice jockey, Fred Kersley, on board. Matt Cumani purchased the colt by Hollylodge Thoroughbred’s draft at the Melbourne Premier Sale.
Not only a historic moment for Victoria but also Matt as he celebrated the largest win of his training career which started in 2016. It would be hard to find a more Victorian story.
History continues to be made time and time again in Victoria with the running of this race series. There is no doubt that throughout the pages of this book there are exceptional sires available in Victoria who will produce the next champion to hail from our soil.