Owners and trainers looking to unearth the next bargain-basement, black-type winner will flock to the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on April 19 & 20.
The two-day sale has attracted 325 yearling lots and will be split into a Super VOBIS Select Session and a General Session.
With all 260 yearlings in the Select Session already paid up for Super VOBIS, buyers have the option of paying a one-off $1,100 nomination fee for its sister scheme, VOBIS Gold, before the August 31 deadline.
Collectively, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold offer $19.4 million in restricted race prize money and bonuses to connections of nominated horses each racing season.
The VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale has been a happy hunting ground for a number of Victoria’s premier trainers and approved syndicate promoters including David Hayes, Mick Price and Darren Weir.
It is also hugely popular for trainers searching for a headline horse. Young, progressive Victorian trainers like Shea Eden, Amy Johnston, Matt Laurie and Rebecca Waymouth targeted the 2014 VOBIS Gold Sale where the average price ($12,542) suited most budgets.
Waymouth said it provides a high-quality, value-for-money option for owners and trainers. Her Boneo stable features VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale graduates like Annah Haze, God’s Shadow and Kesha’s Spirit.
“It’s Victoria’s best value sale, particularly with most of the yearlings already nominated for Super VOBIS and eligible for VOBIS Gold,” Waymouth said. “There’s more incentive for the clients in my price bracket to get involved.
“You can pick up a quality horse at an affordable price and often you only need to win one bonus race to recoup costs. I find you can buy something that will race beyond its three and four-year-old season if you’re willing to be patient.”
Among the well-related youngsters to be offered in the Select Session later this month is a half-sister by Canford Cliffs to glamour juvenile Fontiton (Lot 168). Other well-bred yearlings include Lot 9, a Toorak Toff half-sister to Group 1 winning filly Fashions Afield and Lot 46, a Master Of Design half-brother to consistent black-type sprinter Tesbury Jack.