Racing Victoria’s Super VOBIS incentive scheme has launched an exclusive reward for owners with horses contesting two feature races in the $2.6m Inglis Race Series at Moonee Valley and Sale next month.
Racing Victoria Owners and Breeders Manager, Richard Andrews, announced Super VOBIS will provide a $50,000 Inglis yearling sales voucher to the winning owners of the $250,000 Microflite Helicopters Inglis Banner for two-year-olds on Tatts Cox Plate Day (22 October), and the $100,000 Inglis Trophy for three-year-olds on Eastcoast Plumbtec Sale Cup Day (23 October).
The two $50,000 vouchers awarded by Super VOBIS can be redeemed by purchasing a Super VOBIS qualified yearling at next year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale or the Inglis Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale.
Inglis, Australia’s leading thoroughbred auctioneer, will provide free entry to the $2.6m Inglis Race Series to the yearlings purchased with the Super VOBIS vouchers. The series, for nominated two-year-olds and three-year-olds, is run over 21 Bonus and Select races in Victoria, NSW and ACT.
“Racing Victoria is delighted to work with Inglis to promote valuable returns to owners through the Super VOBIS and Inglis Race Series schemes and support racehorse ownership of Victorian bred horses sold at the Premier and Autumn sales which are world class,” Andrews said.
The Microflite Helicopters Inglis Banner, run over 1000m at Moonee Valley on Tatts Cox Plate Day, is the first race in the series for nominated graduates of 2011 Inglis Yearling Sales. The race is restricted to two-year-olds nominated to the Inglis Race Series and is named after its inaugural winner and subsequent four-time Group One winner and now Coolmore stallion, Starspangledbanner. Last year the Banner was taken out by John O’Shea’s classy filly Elite Falls.
As well as a lucrative prizemoney pool of $250,000, an added incentive for winning this year’s race is offered through a new Inglis partnership with leading European luxury goods group Swarovski. The winning trainer of the 2011 Microflite Helicopters Inglis Banner will receive a set of exclusive Swarovski Optik EL 42 Swarovision binoculars valued at ~$3,000. The race is co-sponsored by Microflite Helicopters who operate a charter service with their state of the art first class fleet throughout Melbourne and Victoria.
To complete a big weekend of racing, following Tatts Cox Plate Day the Inglis Race Series moves to one of Victoria’s best country racetracks in Sale on Sunday 23 October.
Eastcoast Plumbtec Sale Cup Day sees the running of the $100,000 Inglis Trophy, a 0-82 Handicap over 1400m restricted to three-year-olds nominated to the Inglis Race Series. The Inglis Trophy is country Victoria’s richest restricted race for three-year-olds, and has been won in the past by the likes of Dissolved, a stakes winning son of champion sire Lonhro, which is standing his first season at Eliza Park this year.
In addition to a quality day’s racing, the Sale Turf Club and Inglis will auction an unbroken two-year-old colt in the mounting yard prior to the running of the Sale Cup. The colt to be offered for sale to the public is by first season sire Host, a champion son of Hussonet, the sire of seven-time Group One winner and Horse of the Year, Weekend Hussler, and is from the family of Golden Slipper placed stakes winner Loving Cup.
Nominations for the $250,000 Microflite Helicopters Inglis Banner close at 12pm on Monday 17 October, whilst nominations for the $100,000 Inglis Trophy close at 12pm on Tuesday 18 October.
For further information on the Inglis Race Series contact Cassandra Simmonds on 02 8307 3124 or go to www.inglis.com.au/races. For further information on Super VOBIS contact Richard Andrews on 03 9258 4233 or go to www.supervobis.com.au.