Larneuk Encourages People to Get in on the VOBIS
The countdown to the inaugural running of the $1 million ‘Showdown’, a race exclusively for two-year-olds by VOBIS Sires’-nominated stallions in April 2019 is on, with all Larneuk stallions located in Victoria eligible for the scheme this breeding season. The very exciting Cluster, the ever-consistent O’lonhro, and the new boys Wolf Cry, Honorius.
The two races, in addition to the existing VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, will be worth more than $4.4 million by 2020. The whole VOBIS program will offer more than $20 million to Victorian owners.
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:
• $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.
Racing Victoria (RV), in association with Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), has started the countdown to ‘The Showdown’ – a landmark $1 million race to be staged at Caulfield Racecourse in April 2019.
The 1200m event, to be run exclusively for the two-year-old progeny of VOBIS Sires’ nominated stallions, has been named in honour of Victoria’s champion Australian stallion of the 1970s – ‘Showdown’.
Showdown stood at Stockwell Stud at Diggers Rest between 1966 and 1983 where he sired 46 stakes winners (13 at Group 1 level) including Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond, Oaks and Derby winners. He retired from stud duties in 1983 and died at Stockwell Stud in 1985 (where he is buried).
The $1 million The Showdown will become a permanent fixture on the Victorian racing calendar, and will help pave the way for further expansion of the VOBIS Sires program when the $500,000 three-year-old VOBIS Sires (1600m) race commences in 2020.
These two races, in addition to the lucrative VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series already on offer, will by 2020 be worth at least $4.45 million a season. The whole VOBIS program, inclusive of bonuses and prizemoney, will offer more than $20 million.
In making today’s announcement of ‘The Showdown’, RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the new name would create some excitement within the Victorian racing community and build a sense of anticipation leading into the first ever $1 million The Showdown.
“Making this announcement today helps to reinforce the message of the VOBIS Sires program, and will aid in educating owners and trainers about buying VOBIS Sires progeny now, so that they are eligible to compete for the first ever $1 million VOBIS Sires Showdown race in 2019,” Carpenter said.
“The name itself also has significant historical links to Victorian breeding, with Showdown being a champion Australian stallion who stood at Stockwell Stud and who produced very classy two-year-old progeny.
“Perhaps we will see a similar record to that of Showdown’s set by some of the 54 VOBIS Sires-nominated stallions, whose progeny will be able to compete in the first running of The Showdown.”
All eligible horses aiming to compete in the $1 million The Showdown must be nominated to both Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, and must be the progeny of a VOBIS Sires-nominated stallion.